ETFs On The Cutline – Updated Through 09/23/2016

Below please find the latest High Volume ETF Cutline report, which shows how far above or below their respective long-term trend lines (39 week SMA) my currently tracked ETFs are positioned.

This report covers the HV ETF Master List from Thursday’s StatSheet and includes 366 High Volume ETFs ETFs, defined as those with an average daily volume of more than $5 million, of which currently 323 (last week 306) are hovering in bullish territory. The yellow line separates those ETFs that are positioned above their trend line from those that have dropped below it.

Take a look:

The HV ETF Master Cutline Report  

In case you are not familiar with some of the terminology used in the reports, please read the Glossary of Terms.

If you missed the original post about the Cutline approach, you can read it here.

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ETF Tracker Newsletter For September 23, 2016

ETF Tracker StatSheet



Market Commentary



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1. Moving the Markets

Stocks ended lower today after three straight days of gains as momentum from the Fed’s decision Wednesday to chicken out on any interest rate hike this month slowed. Despite Friday’s drop, all three major indexes posted gains for the week.

Rumor in the tech world has it that social-media giant Twitter could perhaps receive an acquisition bid, possibly from Salesforce (CRM) or Google (GOOGL). Twitter (TWTR) shares soared almost 20% for the day closing at $22.62 a share. While the daily gain may seem notable, the stock is just $0.10 above the beginning of the year price of $22.56 a share.

Oil prices were a bit volatile today, getting hammered in early trading before paring those losses on hopes of a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Although Saudi Arabia reportedly offered to slash production if Iran freezes their production, few oil industry observers expect a lasting agreement and prices fell sharply once again with oil losing 3.48% on the day.

Moving forward, not just news surrounding the Fed’s decision regarding interest rates will likely create short-term volatility but also continued weaker economic reports the latest of which pointed to the lowest GDP growth since the financial crisis as a slowdown in manufacturing activity confirmed. In the end, you just have to wonder how long this manipulated market can remain disconnected from the underlying GDP reality. Take a look at this updated chart:


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Weekly StatSheet For The ETF Tracker Newsletter – Updated Through 09/22/2016

ETF Data updated through Thursday, September 22, 2016


Methodology/Use of this StatSheet:

  1. From the universe of over 1,800 ETFs, I have selected only those with a trading volume of over $5 million per day (HV ETFs), so that liquidity and a small bid/ask spread are assured.
  2. Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs)

Buy or Sell decisions for Domestic and International ETFs (section 1 and 2), are made based on the respective TTI and its position either above or below its long-term M/A (Moving Average). A crossing of the trend line from below accompanied by some staying power above constitutes a “Buy” signal. Conversely, a clear break below the line constitutes a “Sell” signal. Additionally, I use a 7.5% trailing stop loss on all positions in these categories to control downside risk.

  1. All other investment arenas do not have a TTI and should be traded based on the position of the individual ETF relative to its own respective trend line (%M/A). That’s why those signals are referred to as a “Selective Buy.” In other words, if an ETF crosses its own trendline to the upside, a “Buy” signal is generated. Since these areas tend to be more volatile, I recommend a wider trailing sell stop of 7.5% -10% depending on your risk tolerance.

If you are unfamiliar with some of the terminology, please see Glossary of Terms and new subscriber information in section 9.


1. DOMESTIC EQUITY ETFs: BUY — since 4/4/2016


Our main directional indicator, the Domestic Trend Tracking Index (TTI-green line in the above chart) remains above its long-term trend line (red) by +2.84% after having generated a new Domestic Buy signal effective 4/4/2016 as posted.


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The Fed’s In Charge: Equities, Bonds And Precious Metals Gain


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1. Moving the Markets

Thanks to the Fed’s decision of not raising rates and thereby keeping the financial markets happy, the computer algos went wild for a second day in a row with the major indexes, along with gold and silver, benefitting by closing higher although on abysmal volume. Never mind that US growth was forecasted to records lows, all that matters was that the stock market got pushed higher no matter what the constantly deteriorating economic data points are saying.

The Bloomberg’s Consumer Comfort Index plunged to the lowest since the end of last year as existing home sales, after last month’s unexpected dramatic drop of 3.4%, showed an annual decline of 1.64%.

Analyzing the current state of affairs accurately and succinctly was CNBC’s Dennis Gartman with this remark:


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The Fed Blinks—Again; No Rate Hike Propels Indexes


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1. Moving the Markets

Stocks rallied as the Nasdaq closed at a new record high after the Federal Reserve opted to leave interest rates unchanged but stressed that the case for a hike in rates has “strengthened”.

In its statement, the Fed said the “case for an increase in (short-term) rates has strengthened” but that the Fed “decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objectives” of full employment and inflation moving back up to its 2% target. The announcement to hold interest at bay came as no surprise, and the hint at a possible hike in December is in line with most analysts’ expectations.

The biggest losers after the news from the Fed today?  Bank stocks. Eight of the Ten worst performing stocks today included lender Navient (NAVI), Regions (RF) and Vank of America (BAC). Those invested in bank stocks have been hoping the fed will boost rates sooner than later, giving the banks a chance to charge more for loans before the demand for loans decreases. It looks like they will have to wait until December.

Crude oil was a big winner today. The black gold climbed $1.57 to close at $45.62 a barrel. While the daily gain is notable, the fact that oil still remains in limbo between $40-50 a barrel is giving investors a headache. Just four months ago, many thought that oil would climb over $50 a barrel and remain there after the summer. However, that never happened. Over-supply still remains the name of the game in the world of oil and it doesn’t seem that will change anytime soon.

In regards to interest hikes and the Fed crying “wolf” again, the following is a spot on demonstration of where we are at.


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Treading Water


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1. Moving the Markets

Stocks inched slightly higher Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s interest rate decision from the Federal Reserve. There is not much hype to get jittery about this time around, as most believe that there is no hike slated for this year. Also on deck for tomorrow: A rate policy announcement from the Japanese.

Shares of ExxonMobil (XOM) fell Tuesday amid a report that a federal regulator is investigating some of the U.S. energy giant’s accounting practices. The SEC is probing how the company valued its assets during the continuing plunge in global oil prices, as well as how it estimates future asset values. Apparently, there are numerous other U.S. energy companies that have written down the value of their drilling assets by about $177 billion last year. Thus, eyebrows are raised to say the least.

In the world of merchandise retail, we heard today that Kmart is going to close 64 stores across the U.S. beginning on Sept. 22. Both Sears (its parent company) and Kmart have had a difficult time remaining profitable and competitive in a retail environment increasingly dominated by other mass market chains and e-commerce sites like Amazon.

Other dreadful data included a plunge in housing starts, the biggest in 5 months, with building permits slipping for the second month in a row. But not to worry, home builder confidence is surging. Go figure…


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