Russell 2000 and Transports at Crossroads?

The Russell 2000 (RUT) and Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) racked up some pretty significant losses since their 2015 all-time highs.

From the 2015 peak to the 2016 trough, the RUT lost as much as 27.23%, DJT as much as 31.22%. The S&P 500 lost ‘only’ 15.20%.

It was the prevailing opinion for much of 2015 and early 2016 that the RUT and DJT would lead U.S. stocks into the next bear market.

It is correct that small cap underperformance is one of the stages of an aging bull market, and in line with our analysis (view 3 Stages of a ‘Dying’ Bull Market). However, the timing for an immediate bear market didn’t seem right.

The February 11 Profit Radar Report listed six reasons why stocks are likely to rally. The ‘six reason buy signal’ is also discussed here.

After almost three weeks of rising prices (RUT up 11%, DJT up 17%), the RUT and DJT have arrived at their first inflection point.

Russell 2000 (RUT)

The RUT is back-testing the ascending green trend line (currently at 1,045), which originates at the March 2009 low. Sustained trade above this trend line is bullish until the signal is reversed.

Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT)

The DJT is threatening to break above the 7,400 – 7,500 zone. This zone served as support a few months ago.

This is not only price resistance for DJT, it’s also momentum resistance as DJT’s prior rallies failed at similar RSI readings.

Conclusion

When the Profit Radar Report issued a buy signal at S&P 1,828, it wasn’t clear whether this rally would only move to the initial up side target at 1,950 or beyond.

Based on investor sentiment, there was a distinct chance that a runaway rally (with higher targets) would develop.

The S&P is not in the clear yet, but the RUT and DJT charts may help gauge the broad market’s prospects. RUT and DJT above their respective resistance levels is a positive for the S&P and other indexes.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher 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, and 24.52% in 2015.

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Tell Tale Signs from the Dow Jones Averages

Sunday’s Profit Radar Report featured the following charts and analysis for the Dow Jones Averages:

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI):

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) appears to offer the most clues at this moment. The weekly bar chart shows double support (trend line and prior September high) right around 17,350 – 17,300. The 20-month SMA is at 17,198. This is not must hold support, but it’s a general zone worth watching for a potential bounce.”

Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT):

The Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) broke above double trend line resistance (green circle) on July 29, but didn’t produce the ‘escape velocity’ needed to continue moving higher. In fact, the DJT has now returned to its original breakout trend line (blue circle). This kind of back test often serves of launch pad for the next spike. We’ve seen a few failures of a similar launch pad lately, but this is still one of the more reliable technical patterns.”

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Summary:

We don’t want to ignore some credible indicators pointing towards a correction, but based on sentiment (in particular the equity put/call ratio), it is hard to believe that stocks will drop hard. A bounce is more likely.”

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Is the Dow Jones Transportation Average Forming a Bull Flag?

The Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) has been on fire, since late 2012.

A V-shaped correction, and a prolonged period of sideways trading interrupted the parabolic up trend and there’s been no net gain since September 2014.

Trading action since the November 28 all-time high has been contained by a parallel channel, that looks like a flag.

In fact, the DJT may have formed a bullish flag formation.

A bull flag is described as a consolidation period that interrupts a sharp, almost vertical rally. The consolidation range is defined by a parallel channel with a slant to the down side, and tends to separate two halves of a steep rally.

A break above the upper boundary (around 9,150) would be the first step of a bullish breakout, with a measured up side target around 10,000.

Buying against support (around 8,500) is a low-risk buying opportunity to get in on the ground floor. It’s low-risk because the nearby support level provides a clear point of ruin (stop-loss).

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A break below 8,450 would void the bull flag and allow for much lower prices.

I doubt there’s enough buying power to lift the DJT to 10,000, but trade around 8,500 (or breakout above 9,150) offers some low-risk setups.

The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) is the most widely traded transportation sector ETF.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher 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 and 17.59% in 2014.

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Bullish or Bearish? Dow Jones Averages are All Over the Place

All for one and one for all may have worked for the Three Musketeers, but it’s not working for the Dow Jones Averages.

All three Dow Jones Averages are pulling in different directions.

The Dow Jones Industrial is near its all-time high. The Dow Jones Utility just came off a nine-month low and the Dow Jones Transportation Average has been stuck in neutral for four months.

Here’s a look at all three averages and an attempt to interpret the meaning of the broad Dow Jones disharmony.

Dow Jones Utility Average (DJU)

The Dow Jones Utility Average (DJU) lost as much as 14% from January 28 to March 11.

On March 11, the Profit Radar Report noted that: “Utility stocks are down 13% from their recent high, and every stock component of the Utility Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEArca: XLU) is trading below its 50-day SMA. RSI is at a level that sparked rallies in June 2013 and August 2014. XLU trend line resistance is just below today’s close. Unlike XLU, the Dow Jones Utility Average already close below its trend line. Nevertheless, utility stocks are compressed and should soon spring higher.”

The latest rally started on March 12, and as long as support at 585 – 574 holds, DJU may continue higher.

Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT)

The Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) has been stuck in a multi-month triangle, and is threatening to close below triangle support.

A break down below the ascending green trend lines has to be graded bearish (unless it reverses). Next support is at 8,800 and 8,600.

The iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEArca: IYT) tracks the DJT.

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) just fell below long-term Fibonacci support/resistance at 18,004, which is also where the 20-day SMA is.

This allows for continued weakness.

The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) tracks the DJI.

Bearish Divergences?

The lack of confirmation among the Dow Average isn’t a bullish development, but thus far the key U.S. indexes are not displaying signs of a major market top (for more details about the indicator that’s identified the 1987, 2000 and 2007 tops go here: Is the S&P 500 Carving Out a Major Market Top?).

Until we get the same kind of deterioration seen at prior bull market highs, divergences among the Dow Average may just be a distraction.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher 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 and 17.59% in 2014.

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Dow Jones Averages Did Not (Yet?) Confirm S&P 500 Highs

The S&P 500 is at new all time highs, and, as the weekly bar chart shows, there’s some room until it hits next resistance.

However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEArca: DIA) and Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSEArca: IYT) failed to surpass their prior highs.

But, the Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) managed to close above red trend line resistance (blue circle), which is short-term bullish.

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Viewed in isolation, the S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) breakout is bullish, but it has not yet been confirmed by other major market participants.

The trend is your friend … until it ends. Seasonality suggests a rally pause. Here’s a brand new and detailed S&P 500 seasonality chart.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher 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 and 17.59% in 2014.

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The Biggest Theory Shattered by Dow Theory

Ouch, that hurt! Dow Theory expert considered the bull market in tact right before the Dow Jones and Dow Jones Transportation average shed 10%. Here is one theory that Dow Theory just shattered.

The other day I stumbled upon this interesting piece of Dow Theory research by Bespoke Investment Group titled “Dow Theory Still Bullish.”

The bullish Dow Theory message was summarized as follows: “Many investors look for the Transports to lead the way, and the fact that it has done so well is a bullish sign for the major indices like the Dow and S&P 500, in our view.”

The analysis and the Dow Theory interpretation was not wrong per say, but the timing was terrible. The article was published on September 17, and followed by an 11% drop in the Dow Jones Transportation Average.

No indicator is perfect, but an outright bullish assessment or signal prior to a double-digit selloff is worth examining.

The chart below enhances the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Dow Jones Transportation average with a few simple trend lines.

The bold red Dow Jones trend line resistance was my personal up side target (shared with subscribers to the Profit Radar Report) since late July. In fact, the September 17 Profit Radar Report warned that:

The Dow and S&P are moving towards our targets and risk is rising.”

The ensuing selloff drew the Dow Jones Transportation Average well below a strong 2-year trend channel.

Although bearish, it wasn’t time to panic, because both averages confirmed the September 19 high. There was no bearish Dow Theory divergence at the top.

Dow Theory is the Grand Daddy of market trend analysis and I’m not about to discredit it, however, no indicator should ever be viewed in isolation.

Dow Theory still suggests the bull market is in tact – which harmonizes with my research – but that doesn’t mean investors need to accept a 10% drawdown.

The bounce from the October low brought the Dow Jones back up to key resistance (not shown on chart, resistance available to subscribers of the Profit Radar Report). A move above this resistance is needed to confirm this bounce.

As with any long-term indicator, additional indicators can be used to prune long-term portfolios via better-timed sells and buys.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher 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.

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Weekly ETF SPY: Dow Jones Transportation Average & Dow Theory

Dow Theory has been around for many decades and just triggered a confirmed buy signal. However, Dow Theory has had its struggle in the Fed manipulated market and the buy signal may not be as strong as it appears.

On Thursday the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) and the Dow Jones Transportation Average (DJT) reached an all-time high. According to Dow Theory, that’s a bullish confirmation.

Dow Theory has been around so long that it’s considered antiquated and outdated by many. Its roots go back as far as 1889 and start with a man named Charles Dow.

Dow started his career as an investigative reporter focused on business and finance. In 1885 Dow became a member of the New York Stock Exchange. In 1889 Dow began publishing a newspaper called the Wall Street Journal.

From 1899 to 1902 Dow published a series of editorials in his Wall Street Journal. Many asked him to compose a book made up of his editorials, but he didn’t. It was left up to others to continue Dow’s Theory and legacy.

Dow Theory students such as William Hamilton, Robert Rhea, George Schaefer, and Richard Russell kept the Dow Theory alive after Dow’s death. They were able to call the Great Depression market bottom in 1932, the turn to the downside in 1937, the 1949 market bottom and the 1966 top.

There are six basic tenets to the Dow Theory. One of which is that the averages must confirm each other. A bull market in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEArca: DIA) for example, could not occur unless the Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSEArca: IYT) rallies as well.

Why? Only produced goods that are shipped to and paid for by the consumer confirm a strong economy (production without delivery would only inflate inventory).

Dow Theory was born in a free market and proved its worth many times in decades past. However, the Dow Theory track record in a Fed manipulated market is less than stellar.

For most of 2012 the Dow Jones was ‘doomed’ by a bearish non-confirmation as the Transports failed to confirm the Dow’s new high (dashed red box).

It wasn’t until March 2013 when both averages (industrials and transport) rallied to all-time highs, confirming the rally.

There have been some ups and downs since March, but the DJI and DJT both recorded all-time highs yesterday (July 18, 2013). This means that goods are manufactured and shipped.

Well, that’s what it used to mean anyway. Today it merely means that there’s enough liquidity to buoy different industry sectors.

This is a bullish development, although I’m not buying into the rationale that the stock market is up because the economy is healthy and that the economy is healthy because the transportation sector is confirming the industrial sector.

As the chart above shows, both averages are currently above their respective longer-term parallel channel. A move below the channel wouldn’t suffocate the bullish undertones, but as long as prices remain above, both indexes are ‘safe.’

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