Will the Dow’s Record Streak End with a Bang?

On Monday, February 27, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) recorded its 12th consecutive up day. This is the second longest such streak since 1930 (the longest run was 13 days in January 1987).

The S&P 500 hasn’t dropped more than 1% a day for 104 trading days.

The record gains haven’t gone unnoticed. Many sentiment indicators are in uber-bullish (bearish for stocks territory).

The investment advisors and newsletter-writing colleagues polled by Investors Intelligence are more bullish (63.10%) now than at any other time since 1987. This tumultuous span includes the 2000 tech bubble and the 2007 leverage bubble tops.

The Relative Strength Index (RSI-14) finished February above 70 on the daily, weekly and monthly chart.

However, trading volume has been suspiciously low. Despite solid gains, less than 40% of NYSE volume has been flowing into advancing stocks.

History’s Most Important Lesson

Record optimism and strong gains on low volume … anyone with a bearish disposition could (ab)use those facts to paint a pretty bearish picture.

However, history cautions against that.

Several times throughout the post-2009 bull market – and most recently on December 14, 2016 – the Profit Radar Report pointed out that historically stocks rarely ever top on peak momentum.

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The February all-time highs occurred on peak momentum.

The green vertical lines (chart below) mark previous peak momentum (based on RSI-35) highs. None of them market major tops.

The blue lines mark strong rallies to new all-time highs on low volume (less than 40% of NYSE volume flowing into advancing stocks).

Most of those instances were followed by corrective pullbacks, but nothing worse.

Expect the Abnormal

Sometimes stocks simply push the envelope and plow higher than anyone thought possible (the S&P 500 already surpassed the 2017 year-end targets analysts set in December).

The August 28, 2016 Profit Radar Report outlined why to expect such ‘abnormal’ gains.

1) Bullish breadth thrust off the February and June 2016 lows

2) Bullish Elliot Wave Theory patterns

Although the risk of a temporary pullback is increasing, the body of evidence points towards further gains in the months to come.

The historic Dow Jones winning streak is unlikely to be followed by a “thud”.  Any correction should be viewed as a buying opportunity.

Visual forward projections (published back in August, but still valid today) and up side targets are available here: S&P 500 Update – Expect the Abnormal. In fact, the up side targets given in August have been reached. Now what? Here is the latest update: S&P 500 Reaches Up Side Target – Now What?

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This is the First Time the Dow Jones has Done This in 105 Years

Assuming this hasn’t put you asleep, you know that the Dow Jones (NYSEArca: DIA) has been taking a giant dirt nap.

In fact, by one measure, it’s the longest dirt nap since 1910, and soon to be the longest ever.

The Dow Jones has not recorded a 1-month high or low (based on closing prices) for 42 days.

According to Lyons Fund Management, the longest such stretch dates back to 1910 and lasted 45 days.

In itself, this is remarkable, but the next stat makes it even more remarkable.

For the past 26 trading days, the Dow has been stuck in a 2% trading range (based on closing prices). This is one of the tightest ranges of the last 25 years, and the tightest range without a new 1-month high or low ever.

 

If you read the Profit Radar Report, this range comes as no big surprise. Back on March 29, the Profit Radar Report observed that: “S&P 500 today is exactly where it was November 18, and there’s no indication that the up and down zig-zagging is coming to an end.

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Fascinating AAPL Formation Telegraphed Bullish Breakout

The April 22 Profit Radar Report highlighting this fascination AAPL (Nasdaq: AAPL) formation with the following commentary:

AAPL, the most important stock in the world, hasn’t been able to nudge the S&P, Dow Jones or Nasdaq in either direction. That’s because AAPL is stuck in its own trading range/triangle. The consolidation pattern is similar to that of Q3 2014. AAPL closed at 128.62 today. This mini-breakout increases the odds of more upside.”

 

Below is an update AAPL chart. The next meaningful resistance cluster is around 140, but the open chart gap (and various breadth divergences) allows for a ‘digestive pullback’ at any time. In terms of Elliott Wave Theory, any new high could complete a 5-wave move and result in a larger-scale reversal.

AAPL’s pop also propelled the Nasdaq-100 and PowerShares QQQ ETF (Nasdaq: QQQ) out of a formation called a bull flag. More details here: Nasdaq QQQ ETF Break out of Bull Flag

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The Only Indicator That Foresaw a Persistent S&P 500 Rally with No Correction

MarketWatch reports that most people missed the recent rally? Why? Obviously because nobody saw it coming. Here is one indicator that persistently suggested further gains (this indicator also explains why so many missed the rally).

I spend a lot of time plotting intricate charts illustrating technical patterns and developments, sentiment extremes and seasonal biases.

Perhaps my most impactful chart this year was featured in the 2014 S&P 500 Forecast (published by the Profit Radar Report on January 15).

This chart combined all my analysis into one simple S&P 500 projection for 2014 (view S&P 500 projection chart here).

If you click on the link above you’ll notice that the projection was about as accurate as anything in the financial world can be.

I’d like to think that charts have value, but the effectiveness of any chart crafted since early May pales in comparison to this rudimentary and unscientific, but uncannily accurate indicator.

Headline Indicator or ‘Blind Guides’

The headline indicator is simply an assessment of media sentiment. Unfortunately, many retail investors listen to the media, making this a helpful contrarian indicator.

Below is a brief chronicle of the media’s uncanny prowess to support the wrong side of the trade along with commentary by the Profit Radar Report.

You’ll be surprised to read just how wrong the financial press has been (the S&P 500 chart below includes even more media headlines).

April 30, 2014 – S&P 500 at 1,884

April 30, Profit Radar Report: “The old and chewed-out ‘sell in May and go away’ adage is getting a lot of play these days. I get suspicious when our carefully crafted outlook becomes the trade of the crowd and a crowded trade. How will the market fool the crowded trade?

The media’s take:

  • CNBC: “Why sell in May adage makes sense this year: Strategist”
  • IBD: “Why investors expect to sell in May and go away”
  • MarketWatch: Risk of 20% correction highest until October

May 11, 2014 – S&P 500 at 1,878.48

May 11, Profit Radar Report: “How will the market fool the crowded trade? A breakout to the up side with the possibility of an extended move higher.”

The media’s take:

  • Bloomberg: “The next liquidation crisis: What are the signals?”
  • CNBC: “I’m worried about a crisis bigger than 2008: Dr Doom”
  • Bloomberg: “U.S. markets on brink of 11% correction”

June 11, 2014 – S&P 500 at 1,944

June 11, Profit Radar Report: “Different day, same story: Stocks are near their all-time highs, but the media treats this advance with outright contempt. Below is a small selection of today’s headlines. We can’t dismiss media sentiment as retail investors (unfortunately) listen to the media.

The media’s take:

  • CNBC: “Cramer: Prepare for stock decline”
  • WSJ: “How long can stocks maintain all-time highs?”
  • MarketWatch: “3 reasons why the Dow shouldn’t be at 17,000”

June 25, 2014 – S&P 500 at 1,959

June 25, Profit Radar Report: “It only took one small down day (Tuesday) to reinvigorate media fear mongers.”

The media’s take:

  • Yahoo: “S&P’s Stovall says be careful before jumping into stagnant market”
  • Yahoo: “’It looks like a peak:’ Robert Shiller’s CAPE is waving the caution flag”
  • CNBC: “Wall Street’s biggest bull calls for a correction.”

Irony at its Worst

A correction would actually be healthy, but a watched pot doesn’t boil.

The June 25 Profit Radar Report explains: “The media’s continuous market top calling, artificially extends every rally. We saw this in April/May. Although media pessimism isn’t as pronounced today as it was in April/May, it’s enough to be considered a bullish wild card.

Bull markets die or correct because of ‘starvation.’ The market needs potential buyers to fuel rallies. That’s why good news tops are dangerous, because they suck in so many buyers and leave few sellers. Where there’s no buyer, there’s no price increase. ‘Scary’ media headlines disturb this cycle and provide continuous ‘ammunition’ for the bull.”

Today – S&P 500 at 1,973

On Monday the S&P 500 closed at 1,973. What does the media say?

  • CNBC: “Why this could be as good as it gets for stocks”
  • Yahoo: “Common sense says look out for a market top”
  • USA Today: “History says July is cool time to own stocks”
  • WSJ: “Dow nears 17,000 as rally gains steam”

Yes, you saw correctly, there are actually two headlines with a bullish connotation, but the most fitting headline comes from MarketWatch.

Dow flirts with 17,000, but most people missed the ride

Hmmm, let’s see if the media can crack the mystery behind the missed rally.

It is obviously premature to order a coffin for this rally (or the entire bull market), but several indicators – one of them is the ‘sudden drop’ indicator – suggest caution.

This ‘sudden drop’ indicator has a flawless record since the beginning of the QE bull market in 2009. Is it reason to worry.

Here is a detailed look at the ‘sudden drop’ index: S&P 500 ‘Sudden Drop’ Index at Historic Extreme

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Contrarian Take: Did Doomsday Prophets Scare the Bear?

Bears are powerful creatures, but they can get scared easily and may suffer from a fear similar to stage fright. Many media outlets have reported sightings of bears, but when everyone expects its appearance, it fails to show.

Baron Rothschild’s famous adage, that the time to buy is ‘when there’s blood in the streets’, is timeless.

History has also shown that the old adage is reversible, meaning that the time to sell is when there’s no sight of ‘blood in the streets’ or extreme optimism.

Is there extreme optimism right now?

Allow me to introduce my very own, non-scientific media sentiment indicator.

A couple of weeks ago value investing icon Jeremy Grantham published his first quarter 2014 newsletter. The topic was a statistical approach to market bubbles.

The Glass Half Empty Interpretation

According to the letter, Grantham believes that the S&P 500 will form a bubble that will eventually burst. The conclusion in his words is as follows:

“But I believe it [the bubble] will not end for at least a year or two and probably not before it reaches a level in excess of 2,250 on the S&P 500 (SNP: ^GSPC). I am not saying that this time is different. I am sure it will end badly.”

The financial media (not sure if they read the entire report or not) spun the following headlines out of Mr. Grantham’s analysis:

“Jeremy Grantham on Bubbles: ‘I am sure it will end badly’” – Wall Street Journal
“Jeremy Grantham: Stocks set to crash around November 2016” – Moneynews
“When Jeremy Grantham sees bubbles, it’s worth paying attention” – The Globe and Mail
“Jeremy Grantham makes a very specific call about when the bubble will burst” – Business Insider

This may have gotten lost in translation, but Grantham ‘predicted’ two developments:

  1. The S&P 500 will rally to 2,250
  2. It will end badly

Yet, I could not find a single article that even mentioned, let alone highlighted, S&P 2,250, which is a pretty bold call.

In fact, bearish financial headlines were so pervasive in early May that Yahoo Breakout ran a segment called: “The boys who cried wolf: Crash prophets on the rise.”

Is someone (hint: media) trying to spill blood on the street?

It Happened Before

This environment reminds me of what we saw about a year ago, when I wrote in the March 10 Profit Radar Report that:

The Dow surpassed its 2007 high and set a new all-time high last week, but investors seem to embrace this rally only begrudgingly and the media is quick to point that stocks are only up because of the Fed. We know this is a phony rally, but so does everyone else. We know this will probably end badly eventually, but so does everyone else. The market likes to fool as many as possible and it seems that overall further gains would befuddle the greater number.”

My research (S&P 500 2014 Forecast, published on January 15, 2014, available to subscribers of the Profit Radar Report) proposed a rally towards S&P 1,950 followed by a 10%+ correction back in January.

However, the recent spell of bearish headlines (caused by sideways trading not a correction) made me suspicious. It was time for the market to fool the crowded trade again. I proposed this head fake scenario in the May 7 Profit Radar Report (S&P was as low as 1,860 that day):

“The weight of evidence suggests the onset of a larger correction in May, but we are not the only ones expecting a correction. A false pop to 1,900 – 1,915 would shake out the weak bears and set up a better opportunity to go short.”

We got an S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) pop to 1,902.17 on May 13, but the headlines continue to be bearish. We’ll have to see if the pop was enough to fool the bears and set the stage for a deeper correction.

I will be looking at key support and resistance levels for valuable directional clues.

The most important near-term support/resistance levels are disclosed here for free:

S&P 500 Analysis: The ‘Chopping Zone’ Explained

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Forget Dow 16,000 – Here’s the Real ‘Bubble Popper’

‘Dow 16,000’ or ‘bubble’ or contenders for the fictitious un-word or non-word of the year award. While the anti-appeal of the word bubble may be fictitious, the resistance provided by the Dow Jones Industrials chart is not.

Forgive me for using the much overused “B”-word (bubble) in my headline, but it appears unfashionable nowadays to write any article without a reference to the B-word (I believe there’s a significance to that. More below).

The Dow Jones (DJI: ^DJI) is chipping away at round number resistance at 16,000.

Round number resistance in itself is enough to capture the media’s attention and imagination. Combine this with the media’s eagerness to see a bubble burst and you have a perfect recipe for disaster, right?

The First Bubble Seen in Advance?

This would be the first bubble seen in advance, so a disaster here is very unlikely.

What about Dow Jones 16,000, is it significant resistance?

Yes and no.

Dow Jones 16,000 is round number resistance, the same as 1,800 for the S&P 500 (SNP: ^GSPC). Prices do tend to struggle briefly around round number resistance.

The Dow Jones chart below highlights round number resistances from 10,000 – 16,000 (purple lines).

But there is more important resistance for the Dow Jones and by extension the Dow Jones Diamonds ETF (NYSEArca: DIA).

Double Whammy Resistance

The red trend line goes back many many years and provides more important resistance for the Dow Jones than the round number resistance in itself.

This trend line resistance was first featured in the August 7 edition of the Profit Radar Report and was used as an eventual target for the QE bull market.

Since the two levels are only separated by 150 points, there is stiff resistance in the low 16,000s.

Will the Dow Jones be able to overcome Dow 16,000? Will the S&P 500 be able to overcome 1,800?

Eventually, probably yes. The key is eventually and likely after some ‘short-term damage.’

I don’t use trend lines as a stand alone indicator or forecasting tool. However, resistance levels like the above-mentioned trend line act as ‘technical handrails.’

In particular, I am using this trend line in combination with a duo of indicator that has directly ousted the May, August, and September declines as only temporary corrections.

Here’s what this trusty duo of indicators says is next for stocks:

Divergences and Their Immediate Effect on the S&P 500 (and Dow Jones)

A long-term chart and detailed analysis for the Dow Jones and S&P 500 is available to subscribers of the Profit Radar Report.

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US Investors Own 20 Percent of Germany

Germany is considered the economic locomotive of Europe. The Dax – Germany’s blue chip index – is skipping from one high to the next. This benefits US investors, which own 1 of every 5 Dax shares. One company alone owns 6%.

Foreign investors seem to appreciate ‘made in Germany.’

In the year 2000 foreign investors owned 30% of the Dax, which is the German counterpart to the Dow Jones (DJI: ^DJI). Like the Dow (NYSEArca: DIA), the Dax is made up of 30 (German) blue chip stocks.

Today foreign investors own 55% of the Dax.

For example, 3 of 4 Adidas shareholders are not from Germany. The same is true for re-insurer Munich Re. 54% of foreign investors own shares of the Deutsche Bank (translation: German Bank).

Foreign shareholders own the majority stake of 20 out of the 30 Dax components – there is no Dax ETF, but the iShares MSCI Germany ETF (NYSEArca: EWG) provides exposure to the German stock market.

One of the reasons investors around the globe favor German stocks is rising stock prices (although this is deceptive, see below).

The Dax gained 17% in the past year, which translates into $192 billion of new wealth. Ironically, that’s less than the S&P 500.  The S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) trades 21% higher compared to a year ago.

Still, most of the money flowing into the Dax comes from the United States. US investors own 20% of Dax shares.

Blackrock alone owns 6% of Germany’s Dax. Chinese investors own only 3% of the Dax. No doubt, the Dax gains are good news for US investors.

Unfortunately, the Dax is perhaps the most deceptive index in the world, and the ‘real Dax’ is actually only worth half as much as the Dax on steroids. How can that be? The full story can be found here: The Most Deceptive Index in the World Hits ‘All-time High’

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