S&P 500 Update: Risk vs Reward Reversal

Back in February, the Profit Radar Report published the two most likely S&P 500 forward projections (one of them shown below, the other one was very similar), and stated that: “Both scenarios will eventually lead to new all-time highs.”

My ideal up side target has been 3,000+/-, but risk increased once the minimum up side target (new highs) was reached.

Based on a number of bearish developments and divergences, the September 19 Profit Radar Report stated that: “Chasing price here comes with more risk than reward.”

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The September 30 Profit Radar Report tried to quantify the down side risk – based on the trend channel shown below – and stated: “A test of the lower trend channel (around 2,850) could be wave 4, followed by wave 5 towards or above 3,000.”

Obviously the S&P has already reached 2,850, and is now over-sold, and just above Fibonacci support around 2,830. Another area of support (based on Elliott Wave Theory for a diagonal) is the June 13 high at 2,791.

While in that range (2,850 – 2,780), the S&P can (and I think will) still find support for a year-end rally to 3,000+/-.

Of course there is a chance that the September high marks a more significant top with down side targets at 2,600 – 2,200.

We will likely reach those down side targets eventually, but a prior attempt to take out 3,000 would conform to seasonality, take out premature bears, and allow some of those bearish divergences to mature even further and set the stage for a bear market.

The months ahead should certainly be exciting!

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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 profile 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: Surprisingly ‘Normal and Predictable’

Considering the political cross currents, the S&P 500 has been acting surprisingly normal, even predictable.

In terms of support and resistance levels, the S&P has stopped and accelerated pretty much exactly where it ‘was supposed to.’

The weekly S&P 500 chart below highlights 3 different support/resistance levels.

  • Triangle with support at 2,800
  • January high resistance at 2,873
  • Trend channel with current support at 2,878

Past Interaction with Support/Resistance Levels

The daily S&P 500 chart shows that triangle resistance at 2,800 served as resistance (red dots) until mid-July. The July 15 Profit Radar Report highlighted this scenario: “The S&P is about to break out of a multi-month triangle with an up side target above 3,000.”

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Following the breakout at 2,800, resistance turned into support, and the S&P tested (now) support at 2,800 multiple times (green dots and ovals) before moving on to the next resistance formed by the blue trend channel and the January high (2,865 – 2,875).

Future Interaction with Support/Resistance Levels

Initially the S&P was rejected by resistance at 2,865 – 2875, this led to a test of support at 2,800. Eventually trade popped above 2,875, and made it as high as 2,916.

As before, prior resistance (2,875 – 2,865) is now support, and the August 29 Profit Radar Report wrote that: “It would be normal for the S&P 500 to test its breakout level around 2,875.”

The S&P tested 2,875 today, and as long as it stays above support, odds favor another rally leg.

Sustained trade below 2,875 will put bullish bets on hold.

The above analysis is based on simple support and resistance levels. The Profit Radar Report enhances basic common sense analysis with other trusted indicators – such as liquidity, sentiment, and seasonality & cycles – to increase the odds of winning trades.

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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 profile 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: Now or Never?

The June 6 bigger picture S&P 500 update showed 3 projections, all of them were bullish.

2 month later, the S&P 500 filled the open chart gap at 2,851.48 (chart gaps act like price magnets) and is within spitting distance of a new all-time high.

As the chart below shows, the S&P 500 is also near a pretty significant resistance cluster.

The confluence of trend channels and the January all-time high almost make it seem like it’s ‘now or never’ for bears, but is it?

Now or Never?

The July 25 S&P 500 update discussed the tug of war between a massively bullish pattern and bearish divergences. Despite the bearish divergences, the update concluded that: “Further gains are possible while above 2,830 and 2,800, but bearish divergences (while they exist) suggest the risk is elevated.”

Thereafter the S&P fell 50 points, but support at 2,800 held.

The rally from the August 2 low has now erased many of the bearish divergences existent in late July (see chart below).

Resistance vs liquidity

The tug of war is now resistance (around 2,870) vs positive liquidity. How so?

Resistance may (and should) cause a pullback, but the new all-time highs of my favorite liquidity indicators (shown as secret sauce #1 and 2) suggest any pullback will be temporary.

Therefore it’s not ‘now or never’ for bears to step up, but they do have a window of opportunity.

The plan of action remains the same it’s been for years. Buy the dips.

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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 profile 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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Party Over for Nasdaq QQQ, AAPL, AMZN?

Tech stocks have been on fire before hitting an ‘air pocket’ last week. Is the current dip the end of the tech party or a buying opportunity?

After pointing out Fibonacci resistance (for QQQ) at 143.75, the May 31 Profit Radar Report noted that: “The Nasdaq-100 painted a bearish reversal candle today. Every red candle high (since October 2013) saw lower prices at some point over the next 1-2 weeks.”

Seven days after the May 31 bearish reversal candle, the Nasdaq suffered a monster reversal candle. Volume (for QQQ) soared to a 2017 record. The June 9 ‘red stick’ erased 10 days of gains.

On that day, more than one third of the 100 QQQ ETF components suffered a buying climax (where a stock rallies to a new 52-week high, but ends down for the week). Buying climaxes are generally a sign of distribution and indicate that stocks are moving from strong to weak hands.

Similar buying climaxes in 2010, 2014, and 2015 led to noteworthy pullbacks.

The problem with extreme ‘air pocket’ days (like June 9) is that they almost instantly create an oversold condition, and the propensity for a bounce.

Next support for QQQ is at 137.20 – 135.70. Resistance is around 141. Support may cause another bounce, but risk of further losses remains elevated as long as QQQ is below 141.

AAPL

Due to its humungous market cap, AAPL is Wall Streets’ VIP and MVP stock. More often than not, if AAPL sneezes, the S&P 500, Nasdaq and at times DJIA will catch a cold.

Based on the long-term black trend channel(s), we determined that up side for AAPL (and indexes like the S&P 500 and Nasdaq) was limited after hitting 155 in May.

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Support worth watching is around 140 and 135.

AMZN

The May 29 Profit Radar Report stated: “AMZN almost cracked the 1,000 mark, which more than anything is a psychological ‘resistance’ level. Cycles project a severe drop for AMZN. Last time this happened (late 2015), AMZN reacted late, but ultimately dropped around 30%. Although more gains are possible, late buyers will probably end up regretting their decision.”

Since May 29, AMZN gained as much as 2%, but subsequently dropped as much as 8.8%, before finding support around 925 (green line). 925 and support near the black trend channel deserve to be watched. It would take a move above 991 to unlock the potential for new highs.

Summary

Based on our research, we don’t expect to see a major market top at this time, but QQQ, AAPL and AMZN are likely to enter a period of consolidation and quite possible some ‘shake out’ moves designed to shake out weak hands.

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A comprehensive analysis for the S&P 500 is available here: Comprehensive S&P 500 Update

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September is Here, Could it Make Sense to Buy Stocks in Worst Month of Year?

The July 4, 2016 Profit Radar Report featured the following S&P 500 projection.

Based on this projection, the S&P was to rally to about 2,195 followed by a pullback to about 2,155.

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Despite a prolonged trading range, the S&P followed this projection very closely. It rallied as high as 2,193.81 and subsequently slid as low as 2,157.09 (see ‘are we here’ arrow).

Does that mean that the next leg higher us about to launch?

The Big Question

It could be. The question is whether stocks will correct further before the next rally or not.

Under normal condition, stocks should pull back further. However, we’ve seen one of the longest and tightest trading ranges in history (July 14 until today).

This trading range was enough to digest over bought readings caused by the post-Brexit spike. We may have just seen a correction in time rather than price.

However, in terms of seasonality, September is the worst month of the year. Buying in September is less than ideal.

October, on the other hand, has often served as launching pad, most recently in 2014 and 2015.

Best Setup

Further weakness with targets around 2,150 – 2,130 and 2,130 – 2,070 reached later in September or in October would certainly set up a much better buying opportunity than chasing price around 2,200 in September.

We consider any pullback into the above ranges a gift. Life is always more pleasant if you receive a present. If we’ll get it, we’ll certainly accept it (buy stocks), but we can’t bank on it.

If the market moves higher soon without noteworthy pullback, we’ll have to deal with it, and determine whether it’s a temporary or a sustainable move higher.

Short-term, the S&P has broken outside of the descending black trend channel and butting against minor resistance (see chart above). Based on the put/call ratio and short-term RSI, the S&P is nearing overbought, but as long as trade remains above the black trend channel, the S&P may venture higher.

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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 profile 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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S&P 500 Analysis

A couple weeks ago, I declared 2,040 as target and ‘make it or break it’ zone (Why 2,040? Is explained here).

I realize this is a strong statement, and although the S&P 500 easily reached the 2,040 target, it appears like the ‘make it or break it’ zone was a non-event. Nevertheless, 2,040 actually did what it was supposed to do. How so?

First, 2,040 acted as price target. The target was reached.

The October 4 Profit Radar Report (PRR) proposed that: “If the S&P doesn’t turn around at 1,953, the odds increase for a push to 2,040.”

What does ‘make it or break it’ mean anyway?

The October 7 PRR explained that: “The rally from the September 29 low has been stronger than it should have been, and a sustained move above 2,040 would likely mean that the correction is over. A break above 2,040 could also validate a W-bottom formation, and significantly reduce the odds of another low in 2015.”

Second, 2,040 didn’t require a reaction, but market action around 2,040 would indicate whether the S&P 500 will break the August low (1,867) or not.

The S&P moved above 2,040, thereby diminishing the odds of another low dramatically. The S&P 500 made it. This doesn’t mean there won’t be a pullback.

In addition to price, we’ve also been focusing on market breadth. Price is important, but it’s not the only thing that matters.

To illustrate, an electric car can only deliver the full horsepower (or kilowatts) if the battery is charged. An empty, or near empty battery, won’t get the driver far, regardless of how many horses are under the hood.

We wanted to see how things look under the hood as the S&P approached (and surpassed 2,040). Is there enough horsepower and battery life left to move stocks higher?

At times, market breadth was quite weak (especially on Friday, October 23). However, there were no bearish divergences suggesting a pullback.

The October 18 PRR stated that: “A decisive move above 2,040 would unlock the next up side target around 2,080.”

It would be a stretch to call the move decisive, but 2,080 was reached nevertheless.

The hourly chart shows that the S&P 500 reached and eventually (after appropriate testing of resistance) exceeded all up side targets (blue ovals). There was a bearish divergence at yesterday’s high.

There is also trend channel resistance (going back to 2009) at 2,093 (increasing about 0.75 points per day).

It will now take a new RSI high and a move above 2,093 (adjusted for time) to unlock further up side targets. There is risk of a shallow pullback as long as the RSI divergence persists and trade remains below resistance.

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Bearish Bets Should Wait Until S&P 500 Hits This Level

The Greek odyssey, the Chinese market meltdown (Shanghai Composite down more than 30% in one month), NYSE trading suspension, etc.

There are plenty of reasons to worry. In case that wasn’t enough, S&P 500 seasonality is turning bearish, and VIX seasonality already turned bullish (more details here: Strongest VIX Signal of the Year)

Seems like it’s time to hide under a rock, or if you are more of a risk-taker, short stocks.

Sometimes, when it’s too obvious, it’s obviously wrong.

In this case, it may not be wrong to short stocks, but the timing doesn’t look quite right yet.

Here are three lower-risk opportunities to short the S&P 500, if you are so inclined.

  1. Around 2,081. There’s an open chart (first dashed pink line). Open chart gaps tend to get filled sooner or later.
  2. Around 2,101. There’s another open chart gap (second dashed pink line).
  3. After a breakdown below 2,040.

Why 2,040?

2,040 is just below the 200-day SMA, but it’s not a key level because of the 200-day SMA, rather despite the 200-day SMA.

The 200-day SMA is so popular; it tends to give many false signals (S&P seesawed across it already once this week).

The July 5 Profit Radar Report stated that: “The S&P 500 will likely open below its 200-day SMA, but above support at 2,040. The chart below shows why the area surrounding 2,040 seems important.

2,040 is a combination of long-term Fibonacci level trend channel.

Keep in mind that the market is still in a greater chopping zone, but any breakdown has to go through 2,040.

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