ETF Tracker Newsletter For December 1, 2017

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  1. Moving the markets

The equity markets derailed this morning and plunged after headline reports that Trump’s former national-security advisor promised not only “full cooperation with the Mueller team” but that he is also prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” That was all it took and south we went in a hurry as the chart above shows. Despite this element of uncertainty, the major indexes managed to climb back during the remainder of the session but fell short of crossing the unchanged line to the upside. Still, the Dow managed to have its best week of the year.

The tech wreck continued handing Semiconductors (SMH) another loss of -0.87%. Aerospace & Defense (ITA -1.44%) suffered as well along with Emerging Markets (SCHE -0.76%. Sporting the only green numbers for the day were Financials (XLF +0.22%) and International SmallCaps (SCHC +0.11%).

Interest rates slipped with the yield on the 10-year bond retreating 5 basis points to 2.37%. The high yield arena suffered with HYG trading in wide range, gapping down and losing -0.46% after a few days of calmness. The US dollar (UUP) also whipsawed and closed slightly lower for the day but managed, after 3 weeks of losses, to close higher for the week by +0.17%.

  1. ETFs in the Spotlight (updated for 2017)

In case you missed the announcement and description of this section, you can read it here again.

It features 10 broadly diversified and sector ETFs from my HighVolume list as posted every Saturday. Furthermore, they are screened for the lowest MaxDD% number meaning they have been showing better resistance to temporary sell offs than all others over the past year.

The below table simply demonstrates the magnitude with which some of the ETFs are fluctuating in regards to their positions above or below their respective individual trend lines (%M/A). A break below, represented by a negative number, shows weakness, while a break above, represented by a positive percentage, shows strength.

For hundreds of ETF choices, be sure to reference Thursday’s StatSheet.

Year to date, here’s how the 2017 candidates have fared so far:

Again, the %M/A column above shows the position of the various ETFs in relation to their respective long term trend lines, while the trailing sell stops are being tracked in the “Off High” column. The “Action” column will signal a “Sell” once the -7.5% point has been taken out in the “Off High” column.

  1. Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs)

Our Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs) headed south as upward momentum slowed.

Here’s how we closed 12/01/2017:

Domestic TTI: +3.48% above its M/A (last close +3.80%)—Buy signal effective 4/4/2016

International TTI: +5.44% above its M/A (last close +6.11%)—Buy signal effective 7/19/2016

Disclosure: I am obliged to inform you that I, as well as my advisory clients, own some of the ETFs listed in the above table. Furthermore, they do not represent a specific investment recommendation for you, they merely show which ETFs from the universe I track are falling within the guidelines specified.



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