|Weekly Newsletter 11/03/07|
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S&P 500 Market Signal Goes to Exit
The headline above shows just how difficult the current trading environment has become. Trading risks are increasing as the day-to-day gyrations of the market testify and the VIX rose on Friday to levels not seen since the Fed first cut the interest rate on September 18. We have been predicting for several weeks that the NASDAQ would outperform the other indexes and it did so again this week gaining 0.22% while the S&P 500 lost 1.67% and the DJI gave up 1.53%. With the Financial and Housing sectors continuing to deteriorate, and with the real truth about losses in the large Banks and brokerage houses still to emerge, we expect the DJI and S&P 500 to continue to be under pressure and eventually this will spread to the NASDAQ also as the economy moves into recession, although when and if that will be officially declared is open to doubt. What is not in doubt is that the numbers we are being fed by the administration and financial institutions are misleading if not fraudulent.
Here are some examples of misleading data:
Meanwhile the good times roll, at least for tech. stocks. Those who have reported third quarter earnings are averaging increases of 15% . In comparison, S&P 500 average earnings are negative and well below estimates:
We can expect more bad news from the financial sector in the weeks ahead which will continue to weigh on the S&P 500 in particular . This could come as soon as Monday following an emergency meeting of Citigroup's directors over the weekend where more write downs may be taken and their CEO may stand down.
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This week, a subscriber asked me if we had performance data for the head and shoulders bottom pattern. We do, although we have not had time to integrate it with our performance reporting system. So this week we present the data for the year-to-date. We hope to add this to our regular performance reporting in the near future. The data below was derived by the same method as for the cup-with-handle breakouts. For comparison purposes, the results for the CwH pattern are presented also.
The data above was obtained is follows:
1. A 'breakout' occurs when a stock that is on our watchlist closes above the required minimum breakout price and volume. It is only included in the performance report if it traded within 5% of the breakout price so stocks that gap up and are not within this range are excluded. This is to avoid biasing the results towards breakouts with higher returns that would have been difficult to purchase.
2. Price movements are followed at the close of that and each subsequent day for up to 12 months after breakout.
3. If the stock rises to 5% or more above the breakout price, the subsequent highest price achieved is used to place the stock in one of the % gain after breakout categories shown.
4. If the stock fails to reach 5% and then falls back to 8% or more below the breakout price, then the stock is counted in the 'fail' group and its subsequent performance ignored, unless it forms another CwH and breaks out again when it is treated as a separate breakout event.
5. Stocks that remain within the -8% to +5% range are still 'in-range' and counted in the <5% group.
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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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