Major Market Buy Sell Review: 08-10-20

By Lance Roberts | August 10, 2020


There are three primary components to each Major Market Buy/Sell chart in this RIAPro review:

  • 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.

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

Major Market Buy/Sell Review 08-10-20

S&P 500 Index

  • SPY is now both extremely overbought and pushing into 3-standard deviations above the 50-dma.
  • This is the point where a correction usually begins to some degree. 
  • The push now is for the market to claim “all-time highs,” but I suspect we will see a correction shorly thereafter. Exuberance is a bit on the extreme side.
  • Caution is advised. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Last Week: No holdings.
    • This Week: No holdings
    • Stop-loss set at $305 for trading positions.
    • Long-Term Positioning: Bullish

Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • The Dow continues to underperform other major indices due to its lack of the 5-major FANG stocks.
  • With the buy-signal extremely extended, pushing into 3-standard deviation territory, and underperforming other assets, we are going to focus our attention elsewhere for now.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish
    • Last Week: No position..
    • This Week: No position.
    • Stop-loss moved up to $260
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bullish

Nasdaq Composite

  • QQQ’s outperformance of SPY turned up a bit last week as expected. We added to our tech exposure two weeks ago.
  • The QQQ’s remain massively overbought, the buy signal is extremely extended, and QQQ is still pushing 3-standard deviations above the 200-dma. 
  • However, for now, tech really is about the “only game in town.”
  • Take profits and rebalance as needed.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish – Extension above 200-dma.
    • Last Week: Added to tech holdings (MSFT, AAPL, NFLX, AMZN, ADBE, CRM, XLK)
    • This Week: No changes this week. 
    • Stop-loss moved up to $240
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bullish

S&P 600 Index (Small-Cap)

  • Small-caps finally broke above the 200-dma and are now historically overbought and 3-standard deviations above the mean. 
  • With the buy-signal extremely extended, and the market under-performing, the risk is still too high.
  • With small-caps very susceptible to weak economic growth, we are still avoiding this area of the market. 
  • Support is critical at the $58 level.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish – Market Risk Is High
    • Last Week: No positions
    • This Week: No positions.
    • Stop-loss reset at $58
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bearish

S&P 400 Index (Mid-Cap)

  • The relative performance remains poor as with SLY. However, MDY also broke above the 200-dma resistance. It is now testing previous highs and is 3-standard deviations above the mean. 
  • We are also avoiding mid-caps for the time being until relative performance improves.
  • The $320 stop-loss remains. Use this rally to reduce if needed. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish
    • Last Week: No holding
    • This Week: No holding
    • Stop Loss reset at $320
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bearish

Emerging Markets

  • Emerging markets have performed better on a relative basis but are now extremely extended. As with all other markets, the buy signal is at the highest level on record.  
  • Look for a correction that does not violate the 200-dma to add a trading position. Target is $41. 
  • There dollar decline, responsible for EEM performance, is well overdone. Look for a counter-trend rally which will push EEM lower. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Last Week: No position
    • This Week: No position.
    • Stop-loss remains at $40 for trading positions.
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bearish

International Markets

  • EFA was holding up better but is being tested by the rally in the dollar.
  • It will be important for EFA to hold support at the 200-dma, but the overbought condition puts this at risk. 
  • As with EEM, EFA is dollar sensitive, so we also added a dollar hedge. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish
    • Last Week: Sold position in EFA.
    • This Week: No position.
    • Stop-loss set at $62
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bearish

West Texas Intermediate Crude (Oil)

  • Oil prices are struggling to move higher and are running into the 200-dma resistance. 
  • We suggested last: “Look for a correction to reverse some of the extreme overbought.” That correction hasn’t occured yet, but may have started on Friday. 
  • Oil is also subject to a reversal in the dollar, another reason we are adding a dollar hedge.
  • Energy stocks are underperforming oil prices currently, which suggests more trouble in the sector. However, there remains relative value in some energy companies which may perform better than oil prices in the near-term. 
  • Oil should hold support between $30 and $35 and we will look to increase our holdings on pullbacks.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bearish
    • Last Week: Hold positions
    • This Week: Hold positions
    • Stop for trading positions at $32.50
  • Long-Term Positioning: Bearish


  • We remain long our current position in IAU, but did take some profits last week due to the risk of a counter-trend rally in the dollar. 
  • Gold is extremely overbought and starting to push 4-standard deviations above the 200-dma. 
  • We suggest taking some profits for now and look for a pullback to increase our sizing. 
  • We believe downside risk is fairly limited, but as always maintain stops.
  • Short-Term Positioning: Bullish
    • Last week: Hold positions.
    • This week: Hold positions
    • Stop-loss moved up to $165
    • Long-Term Positioning: Bullish

Bonds (Inverse Of Interest Rates)

  • While bonds are overbought short-term, with every other market extremely extended into overbought territory, if a correction occurs, TLT should hedge risk to some degree as rates push towards zero. 
  • There is potentially some short-term risk of a short-term correction, but given the extreme extension of the equity markets, dips should be bought. 
  • There is still upside potential in bonds if there is a dollar rally or a correction in equities as we move into August. 
  • Short-Term Positioning: Neutral
    • Last Week: Hold positions
    • This Week: Hold positions
    • Stop-loss moved up to $155
    • Long-Term Positioning: Bullish

U.S. Dollar

  • The dollar bounced off support on Friday, so we will see if we get some follow through this week.
  • Given the large number of analysts with “bearish” forecasts on the dollar the probability of a dollar rally has risen. We have started building a trading position for such a counter rally and to hedge our international, energy and gold holdings.
  • Trading positions can be added to hedge portfolios but there is not likely a huge move available currently given the current market dynamics. 
  • Stop-loss adjusted to $93

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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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