(T2108 measures the percentage of stocks trading above their respective 40-day moving averages [DMAs]. It helps to identify extremes in market sentiment that are likely to reverse. To learn more about it, see my T2108 Resource Page. You can follow real-time T2108 commentary on twitter using the #T2108 hashtag. T2108-related trades and other trades are sometimes posted on twitter using the #120trade hashtag. T2107 measures the percentage of stocks trading above their respective 200DMAs)
T2108 Status: 63.0%
T2107 Status: 49.7%
VIX Status: 15.8
General (Short-term) Trading Call: Neutral – waiting to see what happens when/if T2108 becomes overbought. Bearish on a close below 2087.
Active T2108 periods: Day #82 over 20%, Day #41 above 30%, Day #21 over 40%, Day #10 over 60% (overperiod), Day #152 under 70%
Reference Charts (click for view of last 6 months from Stockcharts.com):
S&P 500 or SPY
SDS (ProShares UltraShort S&P500)
U.S. Dollar Index (volatility index)
EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets)
VIX (volatility index)
VXX (iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN)
EWG (iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund)
The S&P 500’s recent chopping range did not facilitate any T2108-related trades. This second straight day closing at an all-time high still leaves the market tantalizingly close to triggering a trade. The S&P 500 finally closed at the round number of 2100. As seems the case with round numbers on indices, the market could not just pass on by without stopping right on the line.
This move seems like a bullish development…EXCEPT T2108 managed to lose ground. It dropped marginally from 64.5% to 63.0%. However, this bearish divergence really caught my attention this time because the volatility index, the VIX, managed to print a sizeable gain on the day. It was enough to propel the VIX over the 15.35 pivot and seemingly confirm support in the 14 to 15 area.
I am now hesitant to extrapolate much from bearish divergences, but the VIX’s gain is at least enough to prevent me from getting bullish despite the divergence. I am even MORE wary as a result. Fortunately, there is no need to rush out to try to fade the market here. I am holding to the rule that only a close below 2087 will trigger any shorts on the S&P 500. Bullishness will continue waiting for a review AFTER T2108 becomes overbought (if overbought comes before a close below 2087 for the S&P 500).
One quick trade follow-up: Ambarella (AMBA). This trade is yet another demonstration of the value of watching the Bollinger Bands (BB). Recall from the last T2108 Update that I held onto my put options from Friday’s breakdown on AMBA in case the selling was a precursor to some bad news. No bad news came this morning, so I prepared to close out the trade at the first sign of recovery. My trade was made easier when the stock first moved lower and even further below the lower BB. I had no problem at that point locking up profits if AMBA gained at least a point off the low. Not only did that happen, but buyers furiously bought AMBA right back to the lower-BB. The 50DMA breakdown is still in play, but buyers have put everyone on notice. A close ABOVE the 50DMA will put AMBA right back into a very bullish position…especially on strong trading volume.
Daily T2108 vs the S&P 500
Black line: T2108 (measured on the right); Green line: S&P 500 (for comparative purposes)
Red line: T2108 Overbought (70%); Blue line: T2108 Oversold (20%)
*All charts created using freestockcharts.com unless otherwise stated
The T2108 Resource Page
Expanded daily chart of T2108 versus the S&P 500
Expanded weekly chart of T2108
Be careful out there!
Full disclosure: no positions