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

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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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.

Continued 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 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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Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) Delivers Promising Rally

The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEArca: XLE) lost as much as 28.57% from June to December. Every attempt to go bottom fishing was greeted by further losses.

I was nearly tempted to fish for an oil low in late November, when I wrote that: “Oil failed to make a new low this week, but a marginal new low would likely come with a bullish RSI divergence and the potential for a bottom.”

Two days later (November 28) oil lost 10% in one day and I shared this updated outlook with Profit Radar Report subscribers: “Friday’s 10.4% loss was more than just a ‘marginal new low.’ RSI also confirmed the new price lows. Obviously this decline is stretched, and a rally can develop at any given time, but at this point it’s better to wait for a move back above resistance. The next real support/resistance level doesn’t emerge until around 50, but it appears ambitious to expect oil to drop that far.

Turns out the $50 target wasn’t all that ambitious after all (actual low for crude oil futures was 53.60). It appears like oil will test the 50 level next year. For now, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEArca: XLE) chart looks more promising than oil.

The December 10 Profit Radar Report stated that: “XLE is near parallel trend channel support and may bounce, but with lacking evidence of a more permanent low in oil prices, going long XLE is risky. A drop below trend channel support followed by a close above would offer a low-risk buy signal.”

The weekly XLE chart below includes the trend channel (purple lines) along with helpful prior support/resistance levels (dashed gray lines).

XLE dipped below the trend channel last week and closed back above it on Wednesday. This is the first encouraging sign for XLE.

Yesterday’s Profit Radar Report spells out what’s needed next for this fledgling bounce to gain momentum.

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S&P 500 is Showing First ‘Chink in the Armor’

After many weeks of relentless gains, the S&P 500 is showing first ‘chink in the armor.’ In fact, there are three persuasive reasons to expect lower prices, but there’s also one strong force that’s pushed the market continuously higher.

After weeks of strong price action, the S&P 500 is showing the first signs of weakness. Here are three early developments that may lead to lower prices:

1) Bearish reversal candle: On Tuesday the S&P 500 shot higher, but closed the day below its open price. This created a red reversal candle. A similar reversal candle on April 4 led to further weakness (blue boxes).

2) S&P 500 reversed at resistance. The S&P 500 reversed at the ascending red trend line (which connects all highs since April 2, 2012) and monthly pivot resistance (short red line) at 1,967 (both outlined in the June 22, Profit Radar Report).

3) S&P 500 moved above and dropped back below long-term resistance: In its 2014 S&P 500 Forecast (published on January 15), the Profit Radar Report projected a pre-summer market top at 1,955. Why 1,955?

1,955 is a convergence of two significant resistance levels: a) Long-term Fibonacci projection resistance (red horizontal line) and b) Parallel trend channel going back to the October 2011 low (black line).

Summary

The S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) has run over similar setups before. Although this time may be different, we should keep in mind that one snow goose doesn’t make for a winter.

Especially since there is one force that continues to drive stocks higher. This force is not QE. No, it’s much more visible. In fact, it’s an ‘in your face kind of nuisance’ that’s easily assessed, but often overlooked.

The article below exposes the development that keeps extending the bull market’s life:

False Promises: Where is the Promised Crash or Correction?

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S&P 500: When Will the Trading Range Break?

There’s a time to buy, a time to sell and a time to be patient. Most of 2014 falls into the ‘be patient’ category. What’s causing this extended trading range and how much longer can it go on?

Since the beginning of the year, the S&P 500 hasn’t gone anywhere. Here’s why:

Limited Up Side

The S&P 500 has been struggling to break through technical resistance. The dashed red trend channel and solid red Fibonacci resistance have clipped the wings of the S&P 500 every time it staged an attempt to fly above resistance.

The first chart shows that aside from the January/February dip, the S&P 500 has been restricted to a range defined by predetermined support/resistance levels.

The second chart provides the long-term context needed to make sense of the highlighted support/resistance levels.

Limited Down Side

Obviously, the S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) has bounced from technical support several times, but there’s been another reason why the S&P 500 hasn’t broken down.

It’s the ‘media put.’ Unlike the ‘Bernanke put’ (now Yellen put), which is cash driven, the ‘media put’ is information driven.

The media is the last entity qualified to dispense financial advice, but that’s exactly what they do. Unfortunately, enough investors are listening making the media a contrarian indicator.

Here’s some of the ‘advice’ (headlines) the media has been giving:

Yahoo Talking Numbers: “Why sell in May adage makes sense this year” – April 28
CNBC: “This chart says we’re in for a 20% correction” – May 1
CNBC: “Bubble talk catches fire among big-money pros” – May 5

The S&P 500 rarely dances to the tune of the media’s whistle, that’s why the Profit Radar Report expected a pop and drop combo to fool the ‘here comes the crash’ crowd.

The May 7 Profit Radar Report stated that: “A false pop to 1,900 – 1,915 would shake out the weak bears and set up a better opportunity to go short.”

When Will the Range Break?

The pop to S&P 1,902 on May 13 certainly rattled the cage of premature bears. A break below key support (key levels outlined in the most recent Profit Radar Report) may usher in the long-awaited 10%+ correction.

Could the correction morph into something bigger?

One indicator with the distinct reputation of signaling the 2000 and 2007 meltdowns is at the verge of triggering another ‘crash signal.’ But there’s one caveat.

Here’s the full intriguing story:

A Look at the Risk Gauge that Correctly Signaled the 2000 and 2007 Tops

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