|Weekly Newsletter 10/08/05|
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A minor rally on Friday still left the markets with their biggest weekly losses for some time on heavy volume. The DJI had its worst week since June, while we have to go back to April to find a bigger weekly drop for the NASDAQ and S&P 500. For the week, the DJI lost 2.62%, the NASDAQ dropped 2.85% and the S&P 500 gave up 2.68%. Our market model signaled an entry for the NASDAQ on Monday after the index experienced a follow through day, but reversed itself on Tuesday when it fell 0.75% on very heavy volume. We review the mechanics of the market model in this weeks top tip below.
A glance at the charts of the major indexes shows that the markets are in serious difficulties. The DJI has been under distribution since August and is well below both its 50 and 200 day moving averages and found support this week at the 10200 level last seen in July. A breakdown below that level could see the DJI hit 10000 before it recovers.
We have previously pointed out that the NASDAQ has completed a bearish head-and-shoulders pattern and in late September it attempted to rally back to the neckline of that pattern but could not convincingly clear the 50 day moving average level. This week it found support at the 200 day moving average level, but if that doesn't hold, then we could see a fall to 2050.
The S&P 500 chart is similar to the NASDAQ's with a failure to recover above the neckline of a head-and-shoulders pattern. On Tuesday, the index fell through the 50 day moving average for the third time on above average volume, a signal that breakdown was imminent, and went on to break the low trend line also. It then failed to find support at the 200 day moving average level and intra-day on Thursday dipped to its lowest level, 1182, since May. We could see a retest of that support level in the coming week.
Although breakouts were fewer, there were still some outperformers. SMTS (Somantecs) gained 16.45% before closing for a gain of 7.85% over its pivot and BEAV (BE Aerospace) rose 7.6% before closing for a gain of 5.2%.
Our breakdown alerts are based on the methods described in William O'Neil's 'How to Make Money Selling Stocks Short'. An alert is issued when a stock breaks down through its 50 day moving average and there was a lot of breakdown action this week with 20 confirmed breakdowns (Stocks that closed below the 50 dma on at least 1.5 times average volume).
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Market Signals Refresher
Our market model reversed itself twice this week, first saying 'enter' on Monday and then 'exit' on Tuesday. Since 'M' is quite important, this week we are going to look again at how the market model works.
Firstly, it is interesting to note that there are approximately 45% more successful breakouts when our model signals 'Enter' than when it signals 'Exit', so clearly, there are many more oppportunities to make profits during the 'Enter' periods. Here is the data for this year.
You are probably also interested in knowing how the market model performed this year. The model signaled 'exit' on January 4, the second trading day of the year and did not signal enter until May 5. If you had bought the NASDAQ Composite at the open on the day following each 'enter' signal and sold it at the open after each 'exit' signal, then your returns would have been as follows:
For the year overall, the NASDAQ has lost 3.9%.
How the Model Works.
Each day after the market closes we look at the market movement for the day and assess wether the current signal should change.
If the current signal is 'enter', then we count the number of distribution days for each of the three major indexes over the last few trading sessions. We will issue an 'exit' signal if the number of distribution days exceeds a threshold as follows:
If the current signal is 'Exit', then we look for the day on which the index set its lowest intraday low since the last exit signal was issued and closed above that low. We'll call that 'day 1' of the recovery since it closed above the lowest low. We then look for a follow through day where the index closed at least 1.5% above the close on 'day 1' and volume exceeded the previous day's volume (an accumulation day). That follow through day must occur within a certain minumum and maximum number of days after day 1 as follows:
There is also an additional requirement that the close must be at least 0.05% above its 200 day moving average.
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|Market Summary||Overview of market direction and industry rotation|
|Weekly Breakout Report||How confirmed breakouts performed this week|
2This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at its intraday high.
3This represents the return if each stock were bought at its breakout price and sold at the most recent close.
|Top Breakout Choices||Stocks on our Cup-and-Handle list with best expected gain if they breakout|
|Top Second Chances||Stocks that broke out this week and are still in buyable range|
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