2021 S&P 500 Forecast, Bitcoin, Gold


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Here’s your ‘broken record’ moment of the day: The tug-of-war between extreme sentiment and breadth continues as stocks grind higher (2 steps forward, 1 step back).

If you’re not yet familiar with this epic, never before seen tug-of-war, it was explained here on December 1 with the following conclusion:

Normally the combination of historic investor optimism while stocks are pressing against long-term resistance is a recipe for disaster. But, as the above studies show, strong stock market internals are likely to over-power other risk factors.

Our approach has been, and continues to be: Higher prices are likely as long as support holds.

But, extreme euphoria brings risk of a nasty pullback, so I’m also trying to discern where that risk potential might turn into reality.

The dashed trend channel center line could be a ‘pressure point’ for the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM).

The detailed 2021 S&P 500 Forecast includes an actual S&P 500 price projection for 2021 based on the following factors:

  • Breadth & liquidity
  • Technical analysis (support/resistance & Elliott Wave Theory)
  • Investor sentiment
  • Seasonality & cycles
  • Valuations
  • Risk/Reward Heat Map

The latest gold analysis is available here.

The January 6 Profit Radar Report included the Bitcoin chart below along with this warning:

Bitcoin has gone parabolic, and Bitcoin futures jumped another 16.7% on Sunday afternoon. If Sunday’s pop holds, price will open above the blue trend channel on Monday, which will then act as support (around 33,000). The rally has taken the shape of a bowl (green line) and I don’t recall a ‘bowl-shaped’ rally that didn’t end badly. Based on Elliott Wave Theory, any upcoming pullback could be ‘only’ a wave 4 and not as strong as in 2018, but nevertheless, any remaining gains come with the risk of a quick 20-40% pullback.”

Bitcoin Futures are down some 30% and price is threatening to fall below the blue channel. While there is more down side risk, there’s a good chance Bitcoin will recover to new highs once this correction is over.

Continued updates and the new 2021 S&P 500 Forecast are available via the Profit Radar Report

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Gold Forecast

After quite a rollercoaster ride, gold prices are exactly where they were six months ago. More interesting than the 6-month trip to nowhere is that gold has given up all the (blow off top?) July/August 2020 gains (red box). 

Does that mean gold is ready to rally once again?

I did not expect to see gold surge over 250 points into the August 6 2020 high, but wan’t surprised to see the subsequent losses. 

I published the NYSE Gold Miners Index chart below in the July 29, 2020 Profit Radar Report along with the red resistance line and times when 90% of gold miner index stocks were above their 50-and 200-day SMAs with more than 50% of them at a 52-week high (dashed red lines). 2 months later, the Gold Miners Index was down 75% of the time.

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The August 19, 2020 Profit Radar Report compared the latest gold rally with the 10 most closely correlated gold rallies. The chart below plotted the corresponding forward returns. As the performance tracker (bottom bar) shows, 2 month later gold was up only 10% of the time, 3 and 6 month later only 30% of the time.

Past performance is no guarantee of future performance, but the correlation study has proven to be very insightful and accurate. 

Long-term, gold could be forming the handle (blue box) of a bullish cup and handle formation (like 1980 – 2009) as illustrated in this chart (published in the August 16, 2020 Profit Radar Report).

Mid-term, gold fell below the April 14, 2020 high, which invalidates a bullish 5-wave Elliott Wave Theory pattern from the March 16, 2020 low. 

While another bounce is likely once this leg lower is complete, confidence in a new all-time high within the first half of 2021 is sub-par.

Continuous updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.

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S&P 500 Update


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I enjoy helping people make educated investment decisions. To be educated one needs to have data (=knowledge) and interpret that data without being clouded by emotions or biases.

The Profit Radar Report filters a ton of data in an effort to discern the stock market’s next move. As this newsletter mentioned, there are times when future implications of the examined data are pointing in different directions.

This just happened in December. Almost every study based on stock market breadth projected rising prices and almost every study based on red-hot sentiment projected lower prices (I called this an epic tug-of-war).

Many of those studies were published in this December 1 article: Stock Market Risk is Clashing against Historical Strong Reward Potential.

My data-based conclusion at the time was as follows: “Normally the combination of historic investor optimism while stocks are pressing against long-term resistance is a recipe for disaster. But, as the above studies show, strong stock market internals are likely to over-power other risk factors.”

Since December 1, 2020, the S&P 500 has slowly risen from 3,660 to 3,800 … but internal breadth actually deteriorated.

The chart below (published in the December 30 Profit Radar Report) plots the S&P 500 against the NYSE up volume ratio (5-day SMA, which shows how much volume goes into advancing vs declining stocks).

Throughout December, the S&P moved higher while the up volume ratio declined. About 50% of the time that led to an immediate nasty pullback (red bars) but other times price continued higher (green boxes).

Interestingly, investors lost some of their bullishness the last 2 weeks of December (see gray graph, which is a composite of sentiment gauges). In other words, the tug-of-war tension eased a bit and allowed for further gains.

Even though overall bullish, the Risk/Reward Heat Map just saw an up tick in risk for January and February.

For this risk potential to turn into reality, however, the S&P 500 needs to drop below the green trend line. Price can continue to grind higher as long as it stays above.

Even though 2020 has brought unprecedented stock market action, there are actually a number of years that have shown a very similar general trajectory (see chart below).

The soon to be published 2021 S&P 500 Forecast will show how the S&P performed after years with a similar trajectory.

Continued updates and the new 2021 S&P 500 Forecast are available via the Profit Radar Report

The Profit Radar Report comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, but fair warning: 90% of users stay on beyond 30 days.

Barron’s rates iSPYETF a “trader with a good track record,” and Investor’s Business Daily writes “Simon says and the market is playing along.”