What a 613-Indicator-Based Risk/Reward Tool Says About Stocks in May


The Risk/Reward Heat Map (RRHM) is a complex tool I created to identify whether risk or reward will dominate in any of the upcoming 12 months. I made the Risk/Reward Heat Map available to subscribers of the Profit Radar Report in December 2019. 

As of right now, the Risk/Reward Heat Map is the compound message of 613 individual studies, indicators and signals.

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Turning individual studies into a forward-looking Risk/Reward Heat Map is a 2-step process:

1) Develop each individual study. Here is how it’s done:

– Identify a unique market development. Example: Last Friday, the S&P 500 and 32% of its component stocks closed at a 52-week (or all-time) high.

– Identify past precedents that meet the same (or similar) criteria. Example: Since 2000, the S&P 500 and >31% of its component stocks closed at 52-week high 7 other times (total of 8 signal dates). The orange line in the chart below highlight all the signal dates.

2) Turn individual study into a forward-looking component of the Risk/Reward Heat Map. Here is how it’s done:

– Calculate the S&P 500 returns and odds of positive returns for 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12 months after past precedents (signal dates). Example: After the above-mentioned signal dates, the S&P 500 was down 1 month later 6 times (86%) with an average loss of 2.2% (using only 1st signal in 30 days). 12 month later, the S&P 500 was up 5 times (71%) with an average gain of 10.5%.

– When the odds of positive returns are 80% or higher for a certain month, it is counted as bullish study for that month (+1 is added for that month).

– When the odds of positive returns are 50% or lower for a certain month, it is counted as bearish study for that month (-1 is added for that month). Example: The above study is bearish for June.

The proof is in the pudding

Shown below is one of many bullish studies published in April 2020 (others are available for review here). Explanatory annotations are made in yellow.

The unique development at the time was that the S&P 500 delivered two 90% up volume days (when 90% of volume flowing into advancing stocks) in a 3-day period. 

2 out of 3 90% up days happened 7 other times in the past. The colored graphs show returns after the 7 prior signal dates. 

The performance tracker (table at bottom of chart) shows that returns for the next 3, 6, 9, 12 month were wildly bullish with 83% – 100% odds of positive returns. +1 (bullish odds) were added for the months of July 2020, October 2020, January 2021, April 2021.

Repeating the above process of identifying a unique event and its precedents and then cataloguing forward returns 613 times results in the up-to-date Risk/Reward Heat Map. 

Does the Risk/Reward Heat Map work?

The chart below plots the S&P 500 against net signals (bullish – bearish) since inception, which allows us to visually assess if the Risk/Reward Heat Map works. 

The outright bearish implications for January/February/March 2020 (red columns) were echoed by the stock market during the February/March 2020 meltdown.

Starting in March 2020, the vast majority of studies implied significant future reward with little risk (green columns). 

Throughout 2020 and 2021 there were only a few periods of weakness, and all of them occurred when the number of bullish studies was less than 20 (orange bars). 

Sell in May and go away?

For May, the Risk/Reward Heat Map is in caution mode, and the May 3 Profit Radar Report warned that: “May continues to be a pressure point, resistance in terms of time.”

The Risk/Reward Heat Map is unique because it’s actually a predictive forward looking tool. To filter out false signal, I use real time data to validate the Heat Map’s message. Right now, it will take a good close below 4,090 to unlock a deeper pullback.

The Risk/Reward Heat Map is constantly updated and shows riks/reward for each of the next 12 months. The Risk/Reward Heat Map is available to subscribers of 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. 

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S&P 500 – Strong but Ugly

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Let’s face it, S&P 500 performance has been strong but ugly … and downright boring to watch. Despite the yawn environment, I just discovered a historic pattern that played out 90% of the time (see below).

Yes, while markets are grinding I’m running dozens of screens to gain an edge for the next move.

For example, the last S&P 500 all-time high (last Thursday) also saw:

– Cumulative NY Composite a/d lines at all-time highs

– 88% of S&P 500 stocks above their 50-day SMA

– 95% of S&P 500 stocks above their 200-day SMA

– Only 58% of volume flowing in advancing stocks (10-day SMA)

Running a screen based on the above parameters yields no hits, which means it never happened before.

We can’t learn much from a sample size of 1, but lowering the threshold gives as more precedents to work with.

The yellow lines highlight when less restrictive criteria (see chart) were met. Unfortunately the sample size couldn’t be more conflicting (don’t shoot the messenger). We have some signals right before the 2007 and 2020 crash and others during the 2013 and 2020 melt-up.

Let’s take a different approach. Instead of scanning for similar past occurrences based on breadth we’ll look at performance.

Here is our baseline:

  1. From January – April 2021, the S&P 500 was up 11.32%
  2. In 2020 (prior year), the S&P 500 recorded a 16.26% gain
  3. 2021 was a post election year

Going back to 1970, we now identify the following:

– Years S&P 500 was up more than 10% on April 30

It happened 14 other years

– Years S&P 500 gained 16% +/-5% the year before

It happened 5 other years

– Years that were a post election year (like 2021)

It happened 1 other year

– Years with a similar chart trajectory (correlation)

Based on the above criteria, the gray graphs reflect the January – April performance of the 10 years most similar to 2021 (in red).

The logical next step is to chart the forward performance of the 10 most similar years, which is exactly what I did. After doing that, I look for common themes.

This study revealed an interesting commonality: 3 month later (which corresponds to August 1), the S&P 500 had the same directional bias 90% of the time. The full study was published in yesterday’s Profit Radar Report.

Even dull markets can offer clues about future performance … if you look hard enough … or have someone who does the searching for you.

Continued updates, out-of-the box analysis and forward performance based on historic precedents are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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Earnings, and one Famous Wall Street Adage to Ignore

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There’s a Wall Street adage that says: “Never short a dull market.”

Boy, has it been a dull market. One way to spot a dull market is when you don’t receive a Thursday e-mail from me (like last Thursday). This may be silly, but I respect people’s inboxes and only send out updates when I feel like there’s something worth writing (or when I didn’t send one out last week).

Anyway, is the adage never to short a dull market true?

First, let’s define dull. From Monday – Wednesday the S&P 500 average maximum daily percentage change (based on closing prices) was 0.09%. Yeah, let’s call that dull.

The yellow lines in the chart below mark every time (since 2014) when the maximum daily % change (3-day SMA) was 0.10% or less (we’ll call this the signal).

Although this week was the first signal since 9/19/2019, it happened many time before. Throughout 2017, it was a good idea not to short a dull market, but shorting a dull market 2014 – 2016 would have yielded positive short-term returns most of the time.

In short, it’s better to know the facts than trust an adage. That’s, by the way, what the Profit Radar Report is all about, getting the facts of what’s really going on.

Talking about facts, the stock market has delivered some rare phenomena recently, like:

– Very bullish breadth readings and all-time highs

– Incredibly low volume

I wanted to find out:

  1. If breadth has gotten so good (too good to be true) that it’s actually a negative
  2. If new all-time highs on record low volume are bearish for stocks.

My findings along with S&P 500 forward returns after similar setups in the past are available here: What are the Implications of Rare Stock Market Phenomena?

The April 15 Free Market Outlook highlighted shorting TSLA as the new FOMO trade. The entire April 15 Market Outlook along with the rationale to short TSLA was posted here.

The chart below shows how TSLA has done since I recommended shorting it on April 14. What’s real ‘curious’ is that TSLA’s decline accelerated after it delivered a solid earnings beat.

This is one reason why I tend to ignore earnings. Two, even better reasons, (one of them being the Buffett Indicator) for ignoring earnings – and perhaps more importantly sky high valuations – are discussed here: 3 Reasons for Ignoring Earnings and Valuations

Continued updates, out-of-the box analysis and forward performance based on historic precedents are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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What Are the Implications of Rare Stock Market Phenomena?


‘Knowledge is power’ is one of my favorite truisms, and I want to empower my subscribers. To do that, I’ve beefed up the research presented via the Profit Radar Report.

‘Beefing up,’ to me, means extracting and presenting facts few investors are aware of.

Here are a couple examples of what I mean:

On April 8, the stock market delivered the following trifecta:

 – >90% of S&P 500 stocks closed above their 50-day SMA

 – >90% of S&P 500 stocks closed above their 200-day SMA 

 – >7% of NYSE stocks set new 52-week high

This is an amazing feat of strength. The question is: How amazing? And is that good for stocks … or too good to be true?

The chart below, published in the April 12 Profit Radar Report, identifies when and how often the above conditions existed before.

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The chart outlines how rare this trifecta is, but it’s hard to discern detailed forward performance on a 20-year chart.

The performance tracker, included in the same update and shown below, graphs S&P 500 forward returns for 1 year after the first signal of each cluster (called the signal date).

The table at the bottom of the chart shows average returns and the percentage of positive returns after 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12 months.

A sample size of 4 is not huge, but there are a couple of common themes:

1) Returns for the first few months were rocky

2) Any gains were given back about 5 months later (dashed red line)

But, there is another interesting wrinkle to the ‘trifecta feat of strength.’ April trading volume has fallen off a cliff.

Are new all-time highs on low volume bearish?

To find out what history says, the April 18 Profit Radar Report identified current markers and searched for historic parallels. Here are last week’s markers:

  1. S&P 500 at all-time high
  2. NY Composite a/d line (cumulative) at all-time high
  3. NY Composite OCO a/d line (cumulative) at all-time high

But:

 – NYC trading volume more than 20% below its 200-day SMA

 – Volume of advancing stocks less than 56%

The orange lines in the chart below highlight when the above conditions existed. Again, we are looking at a rare constellation with one common eventuality: Further gains were possible, but given back at some point over the next few months.

Shown above are only two of dozens of studies conducted every month.

My first step is always to find the common theme conveyed by each individual study. The next step is to find the common theme conveyed by all conducted studies.

The Risk/Reward Heat Map (RRHM) is a simple visual aid that identifies future periods of risk or reward conveyed by hundreds of individual studies.

The RRHM is available for free to subscribers of the Profit Radar Report (you can read more about it here).

No amount of knowledge can consistently predict stock market movements, but a fact-based approach assures that every decision is an educated decision, a decision that tilts the odds in your favor.

The world has never been more uncertain. Get the facts you need to make decisions you can feel good about. Get the Profit Radar Report.

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Short TSLA, Long XLE – The New FOMO Trade?

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Everyone knows that S&P 500 and Dow Jones price action has been as pristine as it’s been boring … and there’s a trace of that’s ‘too good to be true’ in the hair.

I wanted to find out how the most recent rally stacks up to others in the past and if that calm turned out to be the calm before the storm. Here is what I found.

I personally don’t like chasing an over-bought market (although that’s not been a great mantra to live by) and prefer lower-risk setups … like this one discussed in the April 11 Profit Radar Report (chart includes original annotations but updated price):

There’s been a fierce battle between value and growth – risk on vs risk off sectors. XLE (SPDR Energy ETF) appears to offer one of the more attractive entry levels near current price. XLE is testing the trend channel (48) with next support around 46.80 (blue circle).

The chart includes a potential Elliott Wave Theory count, which makes an eventual rally into the 55.65 zone likely. Wave 4 (or IV) corrections can be complex and drawn out, but buying XLE around current price or after a quickly reversed dip below the trend channel looks attractive. More aggressive investors may buy XLE around current price, but we’ll look at buying XLE after a successful test of the 47.20 zone.”

Who would have thought that short TSLA is the new S&P or Nasdaq FOMO (fear of missing out) trade?

But there was a solid setup to short TSLA, as discussed in Monday’s special Profit Radar Report update (chart includes original annotations but updated price):

TSLA closed at 762 today. According to Elliott Wave Theory (EWT), the decline from the January high to March low traced out 5 waves. The bounce from the March low looks like 3 waves. The 78.6% Fibonacci retracement is at 762.53 and wave c = wave a at 769.37.

The TSLA bounce could finish in the 762 – 769 zone. Additional resistance is around 795 (trend channel) and 823 – 838 (78.6% retracement and C = 1.382 x A).

EWT has been essentially useless for the major indexes and excess liquidity may also void this signal, but it’s been rare to get such a clear read and confluence of resistance levels like seen here.

As mentioned, TSLA is a fast-moving stock not for the faint of heart . We will initiate a small short position at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) open.

TSLA opened at 770.70 on Wednesday and quickly fell to 730. There is a small chance that TSLA will still reach the 823 – 838 range (breakout of the purple triangle) but with a stop-loss at breakeven we can wait if TSLA finds support around 700 – 710 or not.

Continued updates and factual out-of-the box analysis are available via the Profit Radar Report

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Is Boring Grind Higher the Calm Before Storm?


S&P 500 and Dow Jones price action has been remarkable in many ways. I wanted to find out just how remarkable when viewed in the context of history. Here is how the recent price action stacks up (information below was published in Tuesday’s Profit Radar Report):

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Last Friday, the S&P 500: closed at an all-time high, which was 13.4% above its 200-day SMA, which was confirmed by the cumulative NY Composite advance/decline lines (a measure of liquidity). The same may happen again today. The yellow lines in the first chart below show other times that’s happened. Never (aside from the most recent cluster).

We can’t learn much from a sample size of 1, so let’s loosen our filter to see how big of a sample size we get. 

The next chart highlights periods when the S&P 500 closed more than 13% above its 200-day SMA.

Now we have too big of a sample size. If we restrict the criteria to catch only those times when the S&P 500 traded >10% above its 200-day SMA while at an all-time high (confirmed by the cum NYC a/d) we get the following hits.

In an attempt to identify breadth readings and price action comparable to current, we’ll now adjust the parameters to show times when the S&P 500 traded >13% above its 200-day SMA while the cum NYC a/d line was at an all-time high. There are only 3 other clusters in the past half century. The first of the most recent signal cluster triggered on 11/16/20.

Tuesday’s Profit Radar Report shows exactly how the S&P 500 did after the first signal date of each cluster (see above chart). This performance tracker details the S&P 500 forward performance after the signal date via graphs and tables (detailed returns for the next 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12 months along with odds of positive returns).

Of course there are other parameters that could be used to assess and compare the current market. Monday’s Profit Radar Report, for example, identified other times when more than 90% of stocks trade above both their 50-and 200-day SMA while more than 7% of stocks trade at a 52-week high.

Obviously history does not repeat itself, but it provides insight on how price (which is a reflection of investors, which is based on crowd behavior) reacts in certain situations. Examining historic precedents often reveals recurring patterns useful in assessing what’s next.

Continuous updates along with the performance tracker of similar precedents 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. 

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Commodity Inflation is Hitting Speed Bump


Inflation has become a popular buzzword (and concern for investors), and the broad commodity rally is a big part of the inflation narrative. 

The headlines below reflect how the media sees the commodity/inflation development:

  • Commodity prices drive WPI inflation to 27-month high – Economic Times
  • Commodities hit highest since 2013 amid inflation concern – Bloomberg
  • Strategists pick commodities as a favorite way to play reflation – Bloomberg
  • Surging commodities feed concern over inflation – Business Insider
  • Investors should be prepared for biggest inflation scare since 1980s – Business Standard

Interestingly, whenever a rally has been strong enough to become a main story is also about the time when the rally tends to pause.

The March 14, 2021 Profit Radar Report included the following analysis regarding the commodity rally:

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The long-term CRB Reuters/Jeffries Commodity Index chart shows that the commodity complex is approaching a significant resistance cluster.

The short-term chart of the Invesco Commodity Index ETF (DBC), the corresponding ETF, outlines short-term support/resistance. According to Elliott Wave Theory, it’s possible to count the rally from the March 2020 low as 5 waves with an extended fifth wave. The RSI-35 divergence would fit. 

As mentioned previously, we expect the trend of rising commodities, due to shortages, to continue. A wave 2 pullback (once this smaller degree wave 5 is completed) would offer a welcome opportunity to buy. It may even be worth to short DBC as it moves closer to 18 (and if it maintains the bearish RSI-35 divergence). There are no good short commodity ETFs. DB Agriculture Short ETN (ADZ) captures agricultural commodities but is thinly traded.

Since the above analysis was published in the March 14 Profit Radar Report, DBC has already fallen as much as 6%.

Continuous updates 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. 

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10-year Treasury Yield (TNX) and 30-year Treasury Bond (TLT) Update

0-year Treasury yields have been the ‘talk of the town’ lately. Many market commentators consider 10-year rates the linchpin for continued equity gains and scapegoat for lack thereof. 

Here is the near-term outlook for 10-year Treasury yields and 30-year Treasury Bonds as published in Sunday’s Profit Radar Report (charts have not been updated, but price has moved in the expected direction).

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30-year Treasury Bonds (TLT) Outlook

The daily chart (end of day prices only) pegs 30-year Treasury Futures at a general support zone (extending slightly above and below the green trend line) and just below trend channel support. There is a bullish RSI-35 divergence with RSI-2 nearly over-sold.

The wave structure since the March 2020 high is not without dispute, but the persistence of the latest decline suggests this is a wave 3 (or C) decline. A bounce (either wave 4 or something more sustainable) could start from around the current support range.

The structure for the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) looks similar.

A detailed long-term outlook for 30 year Treasury bonds was published in the March 21, 2021 Profit Radar Report.

10-year Treasury Yield Index (TNX) Outlook

TNX (10-yr Treasury Yield Index) closed right at double resistance last week. RSI-2 is nearly over-bought and RSI-35 shows a bearish divergence. Up side momentum has been strong and betting on a reversal takes perfect timing, but the odds for a (temporary) reversal (perhaps wave 4) are higher than at any other point over the past few months.

Below is a list of ETFs linked to 10-year Treasury bonds. Keep in mind that there is an inverse relationship between bond prices and yields. Anyone betting on lower 10-year yields would want to be long 10-year Treasuries while anyone betting on a continued rise in yields would want to own an inverse 10-year Treasury ETF (like TBX, PST, TYO).

iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (IEF)

ProShares Short 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (TBX)

ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (UST)

UltraShort Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury ETF (PST

Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bull 3X (TYD)

Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3X (TYO)

Continuous updates 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. 

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S&P 500, Nasdaq, DJIA, Gold, Treasuries, TSLA Update

Even though every major index is marching to the beat of its own drum, it’s possible to see a common stock market theme. To help investors understand what’s going on, I’ve published below the entire February 28, Profit Radar Report update (which also includes analysis on gold, Treasuries and TSLA). Please notice how the summary section offers a cohesive forecast despite the market’s fragmented nature.

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Profit Radar Report, February 28, 2021 (5:45pm PST)

Thursday and Friday delivered a whippy conclusion to the week. DJIA spent Thursday above trend line resistance but relapsed back below it Friday and painted a weekly reversal candle against the trend line. 

Nasdaq-100: Wednesday’s PRR showed the potential for a 5-wave decline (with wave 4 invalidation level). As the side-by-side comparison below shows, the Nasdaq-100 Futures did set a new low for a legitimate 5-wave decline. The Nasdaq-100 Cash Index however, did not.

The daily chart shows a break below trend line support. A backtest of the previously broken support (now resistance around 13,300) is quite common. A close back above the resistance cluster (blue oval) will pause any pullback and possibly rejuvenate this rally. 

S&P 500 Futures almost tagged the rising trend line from the March low (3,780) on Friday. The blue oval highlights a support cluster at 3,720 – 3,780. The decline from the high looks either like 3 waves (which suggests the pullback is already or nearly over) or a 1, 2 setup (which would point towards down side acceleration once this bounce is complete).

Summary: Every index is marching to the beat of its own drum, and there’s even discord between the same index’ cash and futures chart (Nasdaq). DJIA painted an ugly looking weekly reversal. Nasdaq Futures declined in 5 waves but Nasdaq-100 Cash only in 3 waves (Elliott Wave Theory explains the significance of 3 vs 5-wave moves). S&P 500 (cash and futures) looks like a 3-wave decline and the S&P 500 Futures decline paused at important trend line support. 

S&P 500 Futures support at 3,780 held and first-of-the-month liquidity inflows tend to buoy markets, so odds of a bounce to start the week are high. We would prefer for selling to resume after this bounce exhausts (ideally Monday or Tuesday), but a move above 31,600 for DJIA, 13,300 for Nasdaq-100 and 3,900 for S&P 500 could embolden buyers again and rejuvenate the rally.

Gold couldn’t make it above the 1,830 resistance cluster (blue circle, daily chart) last week and continued lower. 

The weekly chart shows strong support in the 1,700 area, which is where the 2020 melt up started. A dip into that zone, if it occurs, would likely spark a bounce. How strong of a bounce is to be seen.

Wednesday’s PRR mentioned that TLT is likely to bounce from the 134 – 140 zone. From Thursday’s low at 136.61, TLT bounced already 2% with futures action suggesting more follow through Monday morning. Initial resistance will be at 143.60 – 146, but the selloff was strong enough to cause an even stronger bounce.

TSLA: The January 10 PRR included the chart and commentary below: 

The next chart shows the most likely Elliott Wave Theory labels. Wave 5 doesn’t have to be over yet, in fact a smaller wave 4 and 5 seems necessary to finish the bigger wave 5. Based on the log scale chart, there is resistance around 900. Will lightning strike twice and TSLA suffer two post-bowl collapses? My gut feeling says no, at least not initially, but perhaps after a brief violation of bowl support and subsequent rally continuation.”

The January 24 PRR followed up with this chart and commentary: 

TSLA paused at 884 and started carving out another triangle, which could be a smaller wave 4 before the last spike into a quickly reversed all-time high (possible resistance in the high 900s, depending on timing).”

The updates TSLA chart shows a 31% drop from the January 25 high at 900.40, which was a bit lower then expected. Thus far, price has stayed above trend channel support. A break below 607 could lock in a 5-wave decline along with the corresponding implications (counter trend rally followed by eventual new lows), but as long as price stays above, TSLA can still recover.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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Has the Great Unravel Started?


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Last week’s Market Outlook showed a mature 5-wave S&P 500 rally with the implication that risk is rising. We’ve also been keeping track of the 2021 similarity with 2020. Below is an updated year-to-date 2021/2020 S&P 500 performance chart.

Of course I’m not naive enough to expect an exact repeat of 2021, but since investor sentiment is even more over-heated in 2021 than it was the same time last year, the down side risk is elevated and should not be ignored.

Up until late January, I was looking for more up side, but that has changed. I explained why in the February 14, 2021 Profit Radar Report:

I spent hours analyzing the studies compiled and evaluated since February 1, and 11 of them project risk for the next month, only 2 favored reward. It’s a buying frenzy out there and rational analysis can be trumped by irrational behavior. A blow-off melt up before a return to normal jolts investors back into reality is possible. However, such a melt up is something an analyst allows for but doesn’t bet on.”

In addition to red hot enthusiasm a number of breadth studies even flashed a ‘too much of a good thing’ warning. Below are two of those studies published in the December 16, 2020 and January 17, 2021 Profit Radar Reports. Notice how forward returns of past precedents project weakness for Q1 2021 (red lines, bars).

Shorter-term, the DJIA is still close to the support/resistance trend line highlighted last week. If the Nasdaq-100 falls below 12,982 before rising above 13,476, the decline from the February 16 high will look like 5 waves and likely indicate a trend reversal. The short-term S&P 500 pattern is up to interpretation, but down side risk of the above studies looms over all major indexes.

If you are wondering what’s going on with 30-year Treasuries and TLT, you may find my analysis from the March 15, 2020 Profit Radar Report of interest:

Distrust in government is a global mega trend, with various government bond markets (especially Europe and Japan) being mainly supported by governments buying their own bonds. The US Treasury market may just have carved out a key reversal and perhaps major market top (which of course maybe postponed by today’s announcement to essentially resurrect QE and buy $700 billion worth of assets). In the land of the blind, the one-eyed person is king. The US equity markets may be the global ‘one-eyed’ go-to option.”

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