Long Term Equities Update

It’s been a while since we’ve covered equities exclusively and as the month is coming to an end this is as good an opportunity to catch up. As you all know I have been dangling the ‘late stage bull market’ carrot for a few weeks now and quite frankly I don’t see any reason to change that outlook. I have been very adamant about expecting a final exhaustion spike higher and believe that is already in the works. Now before you start piling into puts be aware that we may be weeks, perhaps even months away from a downside event. So hold your horses and for now just enjoy the charts in preparation for where we heading most likely later this year. Enough weasel talk and disclaimers? Great – let’s get to the charts.

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Actually it was the Zero chart that reminded me that a LT update may be in order. Over the past few sessions some of my subs and myself have been noticing strange signal patterns suggesting distribution. It’s very much possible but quite frankly I don’t see anything on the momo side that would suggest urgency. In short – nobody can predict when things will take a turn but we are a bit early in the game here still. So let’s review the evidence:

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First the long term SPX with my trusted weekly stochastic. I almost never use this indicator – except on the weekly chart where it actually works pretty well! Right now we’re scraping 100 but in this bull market this means nothing. Most likely we’ll see an embedded signal (above the 80 mark) for a while before we head lower here. So no reason to be in a hurry – again we may be weeks or perhaps even months away.

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SPX vs SPXA200R – the latter is the percentage of stocks in the SPX trading above their 200-day SMA. Now that one is looking bloody well divergent and eventually there will be a price to pay. But I don’t think that we’re due just yet (watch how the market will drop instantly after Mole’s statement).


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Bonus Chart!

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This one is courtesy of Chris Carolan over at spiralcalendar.com – one of the few other analysts I follow. Chris graciously permitted me to post this chart which I not only find absolutely compelling but also appears to be in line with what I’m presenting above. See the delay in the response on the S&P? Ponder on this one over the weekend.

Alright – I’m exhausted and am desperate for my Friday treat:

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Not her you deviant! I’m talking about the Hefeweizen – which is waiting and that’s my cue. See you guys Monday!

Cheers,

I Hope You Bought Insurance

Given the fact that the ES futures have been proceeding lower overnight I will dispense with our usual morning briefing and instead present you with a few of my favorite momo charts. There’s a lot of confusion out there right now and it is important to remind ourselves of where we are in the long term trend in order to properly assess the odds for our respective trading activities.

Let’s start with a chart I already posted yesterday – the NYA50:NYA200 ratio which expressed market breadth across the NYSE. A drop in the signal tells us that we are seeing more symbols above their 200-day SMA in comparison to the ones above their 50-day SMA. If indices remain at elevated levels during such times it suggests that the intermediate trend may be weakening.

As you can see we dropped through a rising support line which in the past two 1/2 years has served as a launch point for dip buyers. That is interesting but the hidden message here that may not jump out at you is that a contracting breadth range in itself makes a statement about market sentiment. In essence dip buyers have been jumping in earlier and earlier. Where in previous years a healthy correction was necessary to generate buying interest it doesn’t take much of a drop these days to launch a veritable BTFD frenzy.

Skew measures the perceived tail risk of the market via the pricing of out-of-the-money options. Generally, a rise in skew indicates that ‘crash protection’ is in demand among institutional investors (institutional/professional investors are the biggest traders in SPX options).

Some folks prefer to plot the VIX and the SKEW against each other – for me the ratio of the two appears to be more predictive. Well, it used to be – a divergence between the SPX and the SKEW:VIX ratio has usually led to at least a small obligatory correction. I have posted a five year chart above and you can see how things have become more and more complacent over the years. As of right now we are in a pretty unique situation in that we have produced a very healthy divergent signal (indicating professionals are buying OTM protection) and that given a rising VIX! Nevertheless price has not moved a millimeter (yes, the lair has gone metric!).

But wait – there is more below the fold. Please step into my lair:


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So in short – I hope you bought insurance while it was cheap (like we told you).

Cheers,

Bear Pörn

I’m not feeling so great today and I hope the few of you who are not on vacation can forgive me if I make this one snappy. On the equities side not much has changed since the overnight ramp and from a trading perspective the current tape is rather uninteresting. I’m sure you’ve got better things to do and so do I. The futures and forex side look similarly lackluster – so instead I decided to indulge in a bit of bear pörn today. Which however comes with a disclaimer: Price continues to point upward and the LT bullish trend remains unchallenged – so take the following charts with a x-large helping of salt.

On a short term basis I’m seeing a healthy divergence on our GBP/JPY equities correlation chart. Thus far gravity remains suspended and the E-Mini has happily bubbled higher. If I was ST long I would probably take profits here in anticipation of a little shake out.

Long term I have been watching this divergence on the VIX:VXO ratio – as you can see front month ATM premiums have dropped quite a bit in comparison with the remainder of the front month option chain (thus pushing the ratio higher) and we are now seeing a little correction which started early this month. So far price has not responded and per prior examples it may be delayed. If this divergence continues I would get very cautious on a 1-week forward looking basis.

However a similar divergence is seen on the VXV:VIX which compares quarterly implied volatility with front month IV. That one should make anyone exposed to the long side a lot more nervous – and again if it keeps dropping then price will most likely respond eventually. However here I would expect a multi-week correction, once it happens.

A bit more subtle but supportive is the formation we find on the SPXA50 vs. the SPXA200. It seems breadth is diminishing after having reached a reversal zone near the 1.0 mark. Again price has ignored it this far and that’s not unusual given prior context. I wouldn’t worry too much here yet but keep an eye on this one. On its own it only has limited meaning but if the two prior charts remain in correlation over the next few weeks then we do have enough evidence to warrant caution on the long side. After all it has been while since we have seen a thorough medium term correction.

Bottom Line: If you are long then there’s nothing to worry about just yet – stick with price and trail your stops as your system dictates. We need to see more extreme measures until we would switch the bullish case into Defcon 3. But early signals are flashing and we ought to keep an eye on them. I leave you with this:

That’s right – no more Mr. Nice Bear!

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