S&P 500 Update

On March 26, the Profit Radar Report published the projection below and stated: “We anticipate a recovery towards 3,000 (for the S&P 500) over the next couple months and quite possibly new all-time highs in 2020.”

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Less then two month later, the S&P 500 reached and exceeded 3,000. Are new all-time highs next?

To answer this question, we will take a chronological look at many indicators and studies published (in the Profit Radar Report) over the past couple of months.

April 6, 2020 Profit Radar Report

90.43% of NYSE-traded stocks closed higher for the day. We have seen large clusters of 80% or 90% ‘all or nothing’ days (where 80% or 90% of NYSE-traded stocks and/or volume occur to the up or down side). This too is rare, and has been longer-term bullish (S&P 500 traded higher 6 and 12 months later 90% of the time).”

April 7, 2020 Profit Radar Report

It took the S&P 500 just 11 days to retrace more than a Fibonacci 38.2% of the previous losses. This is a very quick retracement. Since 1970, there were only 5 other times where the S&P retraced more than 34% that quickly. The chart below shows the forward performance of those 5 times along with the average. As you can see, returns were rock solid.” Note: Chart below was updated to include price action until May 27.

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April 12, 2020 Profit Radar Report

More than 90% of volume went into advancing stocks on 2 days last week (April 6: 91.87%, April 8: 93.13%). This is rare and usually significant. The chart below plots the forward performance of the 6 other times when there were more than 2 90% up volume days in a 3-day period within 1 month of a 52-week low.

April 19, 2020 Profit Radar Report

Historically, rising stocks despite falling earnings are not unusual. Since 1970, there were 8 other earnings seasons following a 30% drop in the S&P 500. The chart below shows the 1-year forward performance of every instance along with the average forward performance.

April 19, 2020 Profit Radar Report 

The March and April PRRs included a ton of data points and studies analyzing the market from all sorts of different angles. Most of the studies and projections pointed to a signifiant rally with a minimum target of 2,900 – 3,000 … and potentially new all-time highs later in 2020.

The S&P 500 has almost reached the ‘first phase’ of our forecast (2,900 – 3,000). While the up side has become more risky, price may continue to move higher as long as the S&P does not fall below support at 2,730 – 2,700.”

May 3, 2020 Profit Radar Report

The April 11 Profit Radar Report fiirst remarked on the strength of this rally, which implied further gains. Below is an updated look at the same chart, which shows that even the strongest rallies from a 52-week low started to take a pause right about 29 days after the low was struck.”

Summary

In late April the S&P 500 got very close to our up side target and I was looking for a pullback. This pullback was more shallow than expected. Instead of providing a better buying opportunity at even lower prices, it sparked another rally leg.

The S&P 500 is now trading above the upper Bollinger Band with RSI-2 nearing short-term over-bought. RSI-35 on the other hand continues to confirm new price highs.

Short-term, this leaves the S&P 500 in ‘melt up’ mode. Usually it does not pay to chase an over-bought market (in fact the risk of a nasty pullback is high), but this could be one of those rare times where stocks defy the odds and grind higher.

At some point, however, there should be a pullback. The weight of evidence suggests that any pullback will be a buying opportunity (minimum target: open chart gap at 3,328.45).

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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S&P 500 Update – What Will Follow the Fasted Drop and Pop Ever?

It’s been kind of quiet the last 2 weeks, but lets not forget stocks distinctive performance prior to this relative calm.

For some perspective, the chart below compares the first 48 days of the 2020 bear market with the first 48 days of the 1929, 1987 and 2007 bear markets. By day 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) showed it was intent on carving out its own path. By day 29, it was down 37.09% an destroyed any correlation to prior crashes.

It was around the crash low, on March 26, when the Profit Radar Report stated that: “We anticipate a recovery towards 3,000 for the S&P 500 over the next couple months,” which implied a 36% rally from the low.

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Such a strong rally would be quite unusual. How unusual?

The April 7 Profit Radar Report pointed out that: “It took the S&P 500 just 11 days to retrace more than a Fibonacci 38.2% of the previous losses. This is a very quick retracement. Since 1970, there were only 5 other times where the S&P retraced more than 34% that quickly. The chart below shows the forward performance of those 5 times along with the average. As you can see, returns were rock solid.”

Below is an updated version of the chart first published on April 7. The red graph represents the 2020 rally, which has been even more ‘fast and furious’ than the previous set of ‘most furious rallies from a 52-week low.’

In a nutshell, we just witnessed the fastest ever drop and pop in history. What’s next?

The S&P 500 is nearing 3,000, the up side target mentioned in the March 26 Profit Radar Report, and the April 15 Profit Radar Report warned that: “The S&P 500 has almost reached our target and up side potential has become less attractive.”

Here is one reason why: At 2,885, wave C equaled wave A, which is natural resistance. There are many different ways to interpret the structure (according to Elliott Wave Theory), but at this point the rally from the March low appears to be 3 waves.

We’ll have to see if it stays at 3 waves (usually indicative of a counter trend move) or turns into 5 waves (usually indicative of a directional change, in this instance from down to up).

Regardless, a break below support shown at 2,730 – 2,700 is needed to unlock more down side risk.

A break above 2,900 could lead to 3,000+, but such a rally may not stick.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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Nasdaq-100 QQQ near Triple Support/Resistance

The February 19, 2020 PRR highlighted the Nasdaq-100 and QQQ wedge (purple lines) and stated: “The QQQ chart shows a rising wedge (ascending purple lines), subsequent breakout, and measured target (242.06). Fibonacci projection resistance is at 243.46 (red line), Those levels are 2 – 2.5% above today’s close.”

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QQQ missed the measured target for the wedge breakout by a couple percent before falling hard. More interestingly, QQQ is now back at original wedge resistance (around 201), which is reinforced by the 200-day SMA and the 50% Fibonacci retracement level (February 19 high – March 23 low).

Just a couple of weeks ago, QQQ traded 17% below its 200-day SMA, and now it’s above the 200-day SMA, the quickest such recovery ever.

There’ve been 11 other times when QQQ clawed back from a 10% or more drop below its 200-day SMA to above the 200-day SMA rather quickly. The forward returns were inconsistent, but if QQQ relapsed, it tended to happen fairly quickly after the initial bounce back above the 200-day SMA.

In summary, there is a triple support/resistance zone at 200-202 for the QQQ, and how price behaves around this zone may set the stage for the coming days and weeks.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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S&P 500 is the Latest Coronavirus ‘Casualty’

The ‘death cross’ has struck again, demanding the next ‘casualty,’ the S&P 500.

Yesterday, the S&P 500’s 50-day SMA crossed below the 200-day SMA, commonly – and ominously – considered the ‘death cross.’

Something with such a dire name has got to be bearish, right?

There were 5 other S&P 500 death crosses in the last decade (red lines, chart below). None of them was particularly bearish. But, all of those happened during one of the greatest bull markets of all time.

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Let’s expand the look-back period to 50 years and apply the following two filters to get the most similar precedents:

  1. First crossover (50-day SMA below 200-day SMA) in at least 10 months
  2. Crossover preceded by a 5% decline over the prior 4 weeks

Here are the signals: 2/1984, 11/1987, 4/1994, 7/2010, 8/2011, 8/2015, 12/2018.

The chart below shows the performance of each signal 40 trading days before the crossover and 250 trading days (1 year) thereafter. 

Short-term, the performance was rocky, but long-term performance was solid:

  • 1 month later: S&P 500 down 5 of 7 times (average loss: 1.47%)
  • 2 month later: S&P 500 up 6 of 7 times (average gain: 2.29%)
  • 3 month later: S&P 500 up 7 of 7 times (average gain: 4.58)
  • 6 month later: S&P 500 up 6 of 7 times (average gain: 7.00%)
  • 12 month later: S&P 500 up 7 of 7 times (average gain: 16.06%)

The chart below shows the S&P 500 performance for the past 40 days and the average forward performance of the past 7 signals projected forward.

Based on the past 50 years of history, the death cross has not been a bearish signal. The caveat is that the 2020 stock market has already defied many historic patterns.

Some of those historic extremes along with the short-term S&P 500 forecast are available here.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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S&P 500 Update

Before we get to the short-term S&P 500 update, here is a big picture look at the Dow Jones, going all the way back to 1896.

As of Friday, March 20, the Dow Jones lost an average of 9.56% every week for the past 4 weeks. The biggest 4-week loss ever. The only 2 times that come close to this losing record are 1914 (WWII) and 1929.

Shorter-term, the Dow Jones retraced 35% of the points lost since its February 12 high.

The first real bounce during the 1929 crash phase (red box) retraced 36%, but relapsed once more before delivering a 5-month, 50% bounce.

S&P 500 Update

The Sunday March 22 Profit Radar Report featured the chart below and stated that: “It is quite possible that the S&P 500 will jolt higher from the 2,190 – 2,130 range, and aggressive traders may act accordingly.

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On Monday, March 23, the S&P dipped as low as 2,191.86 and soared more than 400 points.

There was a lot of oomph behind the 400+ point rally as 85.79% of NYSE-traded stocks closed higher for the past 3 days. This is a new record, as the chart below shows, and has been a solid buy signal.

Does this mean the low is in?

The March 24 Profit Radar Report featured the following chart and two Elliott Wave Theory interpretations:

“Black: A 3-wave decline (potentially even 5-wave decline) completed at yesterday’s low. A large rally, possibly even to new highs, is under way.

Yellow: A 3-wave decline completed at yesterday’s low. A wave 4 rally is underway. Waves 4 tend to be very choppy and ultimately retrace around 38.2% of the prior wave 3 (2,542, see Fibonacci ruler), but could also go as far as the 50% level (2,655).”

Short-term, another new low (yellow projection) is still possible, but has become less likely.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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Gold Update – Why Didn’t Panic Send Gold Higher?

Question: As a lay person, it’s been my understanding that the price of gold will move up at times of panic. Could you pleas enlighten me as to why you recommended to short gold. Thanks! – Ben – Pasadena, CA

Answer: Many factors influence the price of gold, but panic is not one of them (at least not consistently). For example, in October 2008, the last time stocks crashed, gold lost as much as 27%. It’s ironic that many investors perceive gold to be a hedge against panic, yet gold fell hard during the two biggest panic months of our generation (October 2008 and March 2020).

Why did gold almost drop 15% in the last two weeks. 

Back in January, the Profit Radar Report stated that gold is currently in limbo, but will drop sooner or later. The question was not if, but when. The January 12, 2020 Profit Radar Report recommended to leg into a short position – short via gold futures, short SPDR Gold ETF (GLD) or ProShares UltraShort Gold (GLL) – and projected the eventuality (now or later – yellow lines) via the yellow lines:

The February 23 Profit Radar Report featured this chart and warned:

As the weekly chart shows, commercial hedgers (smart money) increased their short exposure to a new record. We’ll be looking for a low-risk entry to add to our existing short position. In fact, I’m tempted to add (or initiate) to our short exposure right now, but it’s prudent to allow for higher prices or wait for a close below 1,615.

Gold’ is likely in wave 3 of 5 or wave 5 of 5. In commodities, wave 5 is sometimes the ‘blow-off’ wave that extends higher then expected. The upper target for such an extension is in the low 1,700s, but it’s by no means required. RSI-2 is seriously over-bought, and the larger-scale bearish RSI-35 divergence remains in tact.

The red box highlighted price resistance for gold. The vertical dashed red lines outline what happened every time commercial hedgers (smart money), revved up their short exposure: Gold prices dropped, and they usually did so swiftly.

Ascertaining that gold prices were about to fall was the easy part. The question now is: How low can gold go?

Gold is likely working on a ‘sling shot’ decline, meaning that prices will jolt higher once they’ve pulled back enough. However, that pullback could be very severe. Short-term, support is around 1,450, and price could bounce from there, but ultimately I’d like to see prices drop even lower.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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Is Crude Oil Done Crashing?

Question: I thought you were crazy when you predicted oil prices falling into the $20 range. Is oil done crashing since it hit your down side target? – Melinda – Phoenix, AZ

Answer: It should be, at least shorter term.

I didn’t think oil would fall into my down side target that quickly, but below is the projection that’s been our roadmap ever since first published in the June 20, 2018 Profit Radar Report.

On the way down, the biggest bounces happened in response to news events (drone attack on Saudi oil facilities on September 16, 2019 and assassination of Iranian military leader on January 3, 2020), but the January 5 PRR brought out that:

Turmoil in the middle east caused a significant spike. More often than not, news-based moves are not ‘true’ moves. The latest example was the September 13 drone attack on a Saudi oil facility (red arrow). We will consider adding to our short position in crude oil futures or United States Oil Fund (USO).”

The quarterly chart going back to 1985 shows a support shelf at 22-23. As long as this support holds, odds of a bounce are good.

Continued updates, projections, buy/sell recommendations are available via the Profit Radar Report.

Simon Maierhofer is the founder of iSPYETF and the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. Barron’s rated iSPYETF as a “trader with a good track record” (click here for Barron’s evaluation of the Profit Radar Report). The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013, 17.59% in 2014, 24.52% in 2015, 52.26% in 2016, and 23.39% in 2017.

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