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 322 High Volume ETFs, defined as those with an average
daily volume of more than $5 million, of which currently 203 (last week 221)
are hovering in bullish territory. The yellow line separates those ETFs that
are positioned above their trend line (%M/A) from those that have dropped below
entire week has been a roller coaster ride, as stocks tried to find some
support but ended up on the downside with the Dow now extending its losing
streak to five straight weeks, its worst one since June 2011.
early morning rally stoked bullish sentiment following reports that Trump was considering
easing up on restrictions against Huawei Technologies as “some part” of a larger deal with China.
helped, even though tensions between the two countries have increased and a move
away from an amicable trade deal seemed a foregone conclusion, as Trump again
confirmed the Chinese company to be “very
dangerous” from a security perspective.
the major indexes closing in the green, and the session featuring a pump, dump
and recovery theme, the S&P 500 lost -1.2% for the week. It looks to me
that markets will continue to be overly sensitive and reactive to any trade
news, and it appears that we are at times taking one step forward to be
followed by two steps back.
the focus is and likely will remain on the U.S.-China trade war dispute,
the real elephant in the room is global growth, which will only improve once
global and U.S. economic data show signs of steadiness. Today’s tumble in durable
goods was not a start in the right direction.
can easily see that things are not going the right way economically by
observing the bond market. The yield on the 10-year tumbled
and has done so for the past five weeks out of six. Today it closed at 2.32%,
its lowest since October 2017. If the economy was rip-roaring, we would have rising
rates and not falling ones.
ZH pointed out, the Fed now has a problem:
How’s it going to be
able to support the market (with lower rates) when investors are already pricing
in 45 bps (0.45%) of rate cuts for 2019?
It appears that the market
thinks the recession has already started.
now, our Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs) still support the bullish theme; but only
by a small margin. It would not surprise me to see that change soon, as our
International TTI, which usually functions as the proverbial canary in the
coalmine, is already motioning that a ‘Sell’ signal may be forthcoming.
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
3. 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 Termsand new subscriber information in section 9.
1. DOMESTIC EQUITY ETFs: BUY
— since 02/13/2019
Click on chart to enlarge
Our main directional indicator, the Domestic Trend Tracking Index (TTI-green line in the above chart) is now positioned above its long-term trend line (red) by +1.80% after having generated a new Domestic “Buy” signal effective 2/13/19 as posted.
was nothing for the computer algos to be optimistic about, as far as uplifting
news headlines was concerned. There simply weren’t any, and the Dow started the
session with a 400-point drop and ended up below
its 200-day M/A for the first time since the beginning of the year.
a hint of a rebound was quickly wiped out, as traders worldwide seemed to have
finally gotten the idea that the widely touted trade deal had bitten the dust,
and a protracted U.S.-China confrontation has morphed into a lengthy standoff. These
increased frictions weighed heavily on the markets in general and on the tech
jawboning between the countries went on with China stating the talks would only
continue when the U.S. adjusts its “wrong
actions,” etc., etc., etc. with the tit-for-tat sinking to new lows.
of this helped equities, which were struck be several economic data misses. New
home sales collapsed in April, despite a soaring median price, even though
they were expected to slide only -2.5% but instead plunged -6.9% MoM after an upward
revision for March.
Confidence followed suit by tumbling to 7-year lows, while Crude
Oil crashed to 2-month lows, likely as a result of trade tensions reducing
hope for a revival of global growth.
bond market was in panic mode, as yields plummeted with the 10-year
touching 2.29%, the lowest since December 2017, as traders moved out of equities
and into the perceived safety of bonds.
During the last 30 minutes of trading, some dip buyers showed up to pull the indexes off their lows, but it was not enough to affect the sea of red we witnessed all day.
yesterday’s strong rebound, the markets opened on a weak note with the major indexes
spending the entire session below their respective unchanged lines trying to
find some footing.
helping matters early on was a worsening of trade relations with China, which to
me has now morphed into an all-out trade war, as a Chinese
company has told all of its employees to boycott American products and halt
international travels to the U.S. That kept the markets on a slippery footing
until the Fed released its minutes on interest rates from its last meeting.
Fed, as expected, revealed that their members are comfortable being “patient” on their current stance on interest
rates, a position which could last “for
some time.” While officials were split on the rate outlook over the long term,
no one wanted to rock the boat “and push
for a near term policy shift in either direction.”
the end, the Fed’s announcement was not enough to keep the bears in check, and,
after a mid-day rally, we dove into the close with selling picking up due to
the White House ramping up its trade war rhetoric.
do we go from here? While our Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs) continue to support
the bullish theme, there are two indicators, which are flashing warning signs.
The first one, thanks to Bloomberg, is a Boom-Bust
indicator charted against the S&P 500, while the second one is the Global
Money Supply Index.
are forecasting a potential decline in stocks, however, as always, the timing
of it is the big unknown. For that, we will rely on our Trend Tracking Indexes
(TTIs) to point the way towards the exit doors, once the need arises.
White House walked back some of its tough talk last night by announcing that they
are offering some temporary exceptions to export limitations against China’s
Huawei Technologies. While the mudslinging continued, it was enough of a
conciliatory gesture to soothe the anxiety among Wall Street traders, which had
been focusing on pressing the sell buttons all day yesterday.
buyers emerged and drove the major indexes to some solid gains, with especially
the Nasdaq recouping some of yesterday’s sharp losses. Support also came from a
short squeeze in SmallCaps, as this
fallout from yesterday’s threat by the Chinese to curtail the export of rare-earth
minerals was immediate, as China’s rare
earth holdings catapulted some 132% in a market that does not have upside/downside
the domestic front, the news was not good, as existing
home sales tumbled YoY for the 14th month. Expectations had called
for a +2.7% rise in April, which was not even close, as reality showed a decline
of -0.4%, which comes after a shocking -4.9% drop in March. At least for today,
this “bad” news was good news, as the bullish market theme was not even interrupted
to let this realism set in.
see if this comeback has legs, or if it is simply a “one-off” in a market that
is predominantly headline driven.
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