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Methodology: setups require certain criteria to be met before trades can be executed, which include weighted statistical studies on several indicators of price, breadth, volume, and sentiment . Amount of risk taken is proportional to how many indicators are aligned. I mainly trade market... More
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  • Friday, Morning Update - May 18, 2012 - Looking For A Bottom 3 comments
    May 17, 2012 10:51 PM | about stocks: SPY


    As I've been saying in my last few updates when I apply my long term trend model to the S&P 500, we get a "Bull Market" signal, if we apply the model to a different index such as the NYSE Composite or the VT Total World Index we get a "Bear Market" signal. The current price, momentum, breadth action is more indicative of a bear market; meaning that market has gotten oversold, but hasn't bounced, and has continued going lower. Still, the indicators I watch have gotten extreme to the point I'm looking for a tradable bottom.


    The markets closed at the absolute low Thursday, essentially crushing the hopes and dreams of all the bulls, ironically this is exactly what I look for when trying to find a bottom. Almost every single indicator that I watch is oversold, and even if we are in a bear market there should be significant rallies along the way. Right now the way the indicators are setting up, this could be one of those rallies.

    Short Term Indicators:

    Here's a review of some of the short term indicators I follow.

    Percentage of stocks above their 20 DMA

    NYSE 5 Day Advance Decline Line Oscillator:

    NYSE 5 Day Up/Down Volume Oscillator:

    NYSE 5 Day TICK:

    NYSE 5 Day TRIN:

    Swing Indicators:

    Here's a look at some of the longer term swinging indicators that I watch:

    NYSE McClellan Oscillator:

    Percentage of Stocks Above Their 50 DMA:

    NASDAQ McClellan Oscillator:

    Put/Call Ratio:

    Notes: the highest fear reading of the year so far.


    I don't think much commentary is needed when talking about the indicators; they're all oversold to a pretty high degree. This doesn't mean I'm automatically a buyer, a market can always get more oversold, or prices could continue lower while creating a bullish divergence among the indicators. What I like to do is wait for a pivot, which does two things 1) it provides evidence of a price reversal 2) it provides you with a clear visible stop just underneath the pivot. If I see such a pivot I'll note it here in the comments section. Looking at an hourly chart of the SPX, there were multiple failures to break out above 1360 indicating that this is a point of resistance. Therefore once a reversal takes hold the initial target should be around 1360 in the SPX.

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in SPY over the next 72 hours.

    Stocks: SPY
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  • untrusting investor
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    Interesting take. Let us know when you see the reversal.
    18 May 2012, 02:42 AM Reply Like
  • mikeycblue
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    thanks for the update!
    18 May 2012, 02:47 PM Reply Like
  • Bill L.
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    Author’s reply » This could be an important low, I've been buying today, and setting my stop just under today's lows.
    21 May 2012, 03:29 PM Reply Like
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