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Major Market Buy/Sell Review: 01-21-19

Written by Lance Roberts | Jan, 21, 2019

Each week we produce a chart book of the major financial markets to review whether the markets, as a whole, warrant higher levels of equity risk in portfolios or not. Stocks, as a whole, tend to rise and fall with the overall market. Therefore, if we get the short-term trend of the market right, our portfolios should perform respectively.

HOW TO READ THE CHARTS

There are three primary components to each chart:

  • The price chart is in orange
  • The Over Bought/Over Sold indicator is in gray
  • The Buy / Sell indicator is in blue.

When the gray indicator is at the TOP of the chart, there is typically more risk and less reward available at the current time. In other words, the best time to BUY is when the short-term condition is over-sold. Likewise when the buy/sell indicator is above the ZERO line investments have a tendency of working better than when below the zero line.

With this basic tutorial let’s review the major markets.

S&P 500 Index

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken.
  • Recent rally cleared both initial resistance and the Oct and Nov lows.
  • Now testing the down trend line from all-time highs which is converging with 200-dma (green dashed line) providing additional downward resistance.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oversold condition is almost entirely reversed
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended to sell 1/2 of “buy” at $260
    • This week: Hold 1/2 position
    • Stop-loss moved up from $250 to $260
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushed above initial resistance and the Oct and Nov lows.
  • Testing resistance at the 200-dma (green dashed line) and the down trend line from all-time highs.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oversold condition almost entirely reversed.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended sell 1/2 of position at $240
    • This Week: Hold 1/2 position
    • Stop-loss moved up to $240
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

Nasdaq Composite

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushed above down trend line from all-time highs.
  • Pushing into cluster of resistance from 2018 and the 200-dma (green dashed line) providing additional downward resistance.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oversold condition is almost entirely reversed.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended to sell 1/2 position at $160
    • This Week: Hold 1/2 of position
    • Stop-loss moved up to $160
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

S&P 600 Index (Small-Cap)

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushing into downtrend line from all-time highs
  • Oct-Nov bottoms and the 200-dma (green dashed line) will provide tough overhead resistance to rally.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oversold condition is almost entirely reversed.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended sell 1/2 position at $65
    • This Week: Hold 1/2 of position
    • Stop-loss moved up to $63
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

S&P 400 Index (Mid-Cap)

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally is pushed above initial resistance
  • Downtrend from all-time highs, cluster of price resistance from late-2018 and the 200-dma (green dashed line) are providing additional downward resistance.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oversold condition almost worked off.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended sell 1/2 position at $325
    • This Week: Hold 1/2 of position
    • Stop-loss moved up to $320
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

Emerging Markets

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushed above initial resistance and is now testing the highs of the bottoming process over the last several months.
  • Market has broken above the downtrend line from last-years highs
  • The “sell signal” is close to being reversed (bottom panel)
  • Currently back into very overbought conditions.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Last Week: Recommended sell of 1/3 position at $41
    • This Week: Hold 2/3 position and look for pullback which does not violate the downtrend line to add back, or initiate, a position.
    • Stop-loss remains at $38
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

International Markets

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushing into cluster of resistance from Oct and Nov, 2018.
  • Downtrend from all-time highs is converging with 200-dma (green dashed line) providing additional downward resistance.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Currently overbought conditions suggests risk to advance.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended sell of 1/2 position at $60
    • This Week: Hold 1/2 of position
    • Stop-loss moved up to $60
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

West Texas Intermediate Crude (Oil)

  • Long-term trend line is currently broken
  • Recent rally pushing into resistance at top of 3-year channel.
  • Currently on very deep sell-signal (bottom panel)
  • Oil now very overbought short-term suggesting risk to upside.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Recommended sell of 1/3 position at $50
    • This Week: Sell another 1/4 of position at $54 (Leaves 1/2 of original position)
    • Stop-loss remains at $50
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bearish

Gold

  • Long-term trend line has been recovered.
  • Recent rally is pushing into resistance at previous minor tops. More resistance at 3-year highs.
  • Currently on “buy” signal (bottom panel)
  • Overbought on short-term basis. Needs pullback to allow for better entry point. That pullback started last week. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Buy On Pullback To $120
    • Stop-loss is currently $119
  • Long-Term Positioning: Improving From Bearish To Bullish

Bonds (Inverse Of Interest Rates)

  • Long-term support continues to hold at $111.
  • Currently on a buy-signal (bottom panel)
  • Recent pullback is reducing overbought condition. (top panel)
  • Resistance currently overhead at $124.50
  • Strong support at the 720-dma (2-years) (green dashed line)
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Last Week: “Entry point” at $120 was hit
    • This Week: Buy at market open ($119.50ish)
    • Stop-loss remains at $117
  • Longer-Term Positioning: Bullish


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Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for RIA Advisors. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Podcast” and Chief Editor of the “Real Investment Advice” website and author of “Real Investment Daily” blog and “Real Investment Report“. Follow Lance on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube

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