Last week, I mentioned that it might be time for some consolidation. This week, it appears more likely. My measures of market quality have dipped below zero and my measures of market trend are dropping pretty fast. This indicates that we should get some sideways to down movement over the next several weeks. I suspect that the market has at least one more good rally in it, but we’ll need a pause before it happens. The consolidation will most likely be due to rotation out of mega cap stocks into smaller stocks as a “sell the news” event when/if the tax plan passes. With market quality falling below zero the core portfolio allocations change as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 80% long and 20% cash Long / Short portfolio: 90% long high beta stocks and 10% short the S&P 500 index Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (since 11/11/2016)
Several of my core market health indicators are sitting on the edge of going negative. One notable exception are my core measures of risk. That category has moved into overbought territory. Normally, this means several weeks of continued rally, however, I’m in a bit of doubt due to the weakness in all the other categories. This time it might mean it’s time for some consolidation. I expect we’ll get more clarity over the next few weeks.
Over the past week, my core indicators bounced around again. The only significant thing I’m seeing is some weakness in my measures of the economy, but I suspect this category won’t have much impact on the market in the near term. Instead, focus on the tax plan will continue to drive investor’s purchases and sentiment.
My core market health indicators continue to show strength. Most notably, are the core measures of risk which are getting into over bought territory. This is often a good sign that results in a melt up that lasts several weeks. The last time this happened was the first week of October which resulted in a nice run followed by a bit of consolidation that should fuel the next run higher.
My core market health indicators are bouncing around as the market consolidates in a sideways pattern. This is healthy behavior and should resolve with another leg upward.
Last week, I said that we’ve got everything we need for the next leg of this bull market. This week we’re getting confirmation of the rally with all of my core market health indicators jumping substantially. Some of them are starting to get into overbought territory, but when this happens it often fuels the rally for several weeks before it ends. Enjoy the ride.
Over the past week, my core market health indicators mostly improved. Most significant is that my measures of market strength have now moved above zero. This changes the core portfolio allocations as follows: Long / Cash portfolio: 100% long Long / Short portfolio: 100% long high beta stocks Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long since 11/11/2016 Another thing of note is that we’ve been seeing broad based buying of the stocks in the S&P 500 Index (SPX) again. If the ratio between the SPX Equal Weighted Index (SPXEW) and SPX can get back above its 20 week moving average it will be a very healthy sign. Since the first of the year, investors have favored mega cap stocks. We want to see the smaller stocks in SPX rallying faster than the mega caps as it will indicate broad based buying and increased tolerance for risk. Add to that, SPX looks like it’s now got a clear break above 2500 and we’ve got the recipe for a rally. Conclusion It looks
Last week, I said you should get ready for a rally. This week my core market health indicators are telling us to get ready for a breakout above 2500 on the S&P 500 Index (SPX). Most of them improved and various measures of breath also improved. One breadth indicator that I’m watching closely is the percent of SPX stocks that are above their 200 day moving average. There are still about 32% of these stocks below their 200 dma. If SPX breaks above 2500 I expect this measure to rise quickly as money managers look for value as the market rallies.
Over the past two weeks, my market health indicators have bounced around a bit and while doing it have been compressing near the zero line. When this happens, an strong move often follows. At the moment, the odds favor the bulls. Get ready for a rally.
Over the past week, most of my core market health indicators fell. Most notably, my measures of market strength went negative. This changes the core portfolio allocations (below). Another thing that was interesting this week is that the fear everyone is talking about isn’t showing up in my Market Risk Indicator yet. The most sensitive components of that indicator think the saber rattling this week is a non-event event. That’s not to say a negative risk reaction won’t materialize, but until it does we have to operate under the assumption that this event will quickly fade as a market moving issue. The new portfolio allocations are as follows: Long / Short Hedged portfolio: 90% long high beta stocks and 10% short the S&P 500 Index (or use the ETF with symbol SH) Long / Cash portfolio: 80% long and 20% cash Volatility Hedged portfolio: 100% long (Since 11/11/2016) One thing you can keep an eye on is the bullish percent index (BPSPX). It is still a good distance above my