(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 occasionally posted on twitter using the #120trade hashtag. T2107 measures the percentage of stocks trading above their respective 200DMAs)
T2108 Status: 6.1%
T2107 Status: 15.5%
VIX Status: 36.0%
General (Short-term) Trading Call: Bullish
Active T2108 periods: Day #3 below 20% (oversold), Day #4 under 30%, Day #27 under 40%, Day #67 under 50%, Day #84 under 60%, Day #283 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 day's been weak since the open. On notice to continue expecting large intraday moves. Buckle up! $SPY #VIX
— Duru A (@DrDuru) Aug. 25 at 12:42 PM
The sellers kept up the pressure today. Futures were notably weak before the open. Yet, buyers showed up in time to gap the market up in a move that COULD have confirmed an oversold bottom. Instead, the sellers immediately moved to retake control, and the ball rolled all downhill from there. T2108 closed at a fresh low of 6.1%!
The sellers remain strong as they have been able to press the S&P 500 for a fourth straight day below its lower-Bollinger Band (BB). The index has lost 11.2% over six straight days of selling. Whenever the buyers return to bring some balance, the resultant rally is likely to be very impressive.
Here is a chart of the NASDAQ (QQQ) for additional context. The tech-heavy index closed with a fractional loss only because Monday’s low (and open) were so incredibly (and unbelievably) deep. The NASDAQ has lost 11.5% in six days of selling.
According to the rules I laid out yesterday, there were no trades to make no matter your risk preference. The VIX managed to trade perfectly between the previous day’s high and low. As a reminder, a break to a new high gets aggressive traders buying. Less aggressive buyers wait until the VIX CLOSES below a previous low.
This action translated into large moves in the volatility products. ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures (SVXY) plunged into the close while ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures (UVXY) is putting on a rare display of resilience.
Although the trading rules did not trigger, I did execute three key trades.
With T2108 oversold, I set at least one limit order for call options on ProShares Ultra S&P500 (SSO) at a low ball price to catch a plunge while I am not monitoring the stock market. Surprisingly, my low ball offer of the day triggered near the close. I guess it makes sense given the rush of selling. Again, I strongly prefer at this stage of the oversold period to buy additional positions when the VIX is surging to new heights.
The second trade was on shares of ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures (SVXY). The plunge into the close looked so much like panic that I could not resist buying back into SVXY for the next short-term swing. This is even more speculative than usual given the VIX did not print a new high.
Finally, the third trade was a two-for-one on solar stocks Canadian Solar (CSIQ) and First Solar (FSLR). I included CSIQ in my shopping list of stocks on the first oversold day because I concluded the stock was “ridiculously” oversold. I took a risk and bought as CSIQ faded to close the opening gap up (I wish I had CSIQ on the list for Monday’s plunge!). I set a tight limit order to sell at $18 since I am already holding call options. Fortunately, the stock proceeded to rally straight up and took out my price target in short order. After CSIQ, I took a look at FSLR and decided to jump back into my favorite solar stock with call options.
Unfortunately, both CSIQ and FSLR hit walls later in the day along with the market and ended up closing at their lows. FSLR was turned back from resistance at its 50DMA. CSIQ has a chart commonly seen in the market right now: a gap down and a rally on Monday; a gap up and a fade on Tuesday – almost a “sloppy” abandoned baby bottom except the upside showed too little conviction. The battle between bears and bulls, sellers and buyers is just getting warm.
Here is what a proper abandoned baby bottom looks like (from Steve Nison’s Candlecharts.com):
Nison: “A very rare Japanese candlestick top or bottom reversal signal. It is comprised of a doji star that gaps away (including shadows) from the prior and following sessions’ candlesticks. This is the same as a Western island top or bottom in which the island session is also a doji.”
Me: An abandoned baby bottom "traps" bears and sellers on the second day. These sellers assumed the big gap down confirmed the bearishness of the selling on the first day.
Finally, finally…a nod to China’s increasing woes with this short news video from a Canadian network followed by chart showing the on-going collapse of the Shanghai Composite Index (SSEC).
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 charts above are the my LATEST updates independent of the date of this given T2108 post. For my latest T2108 post click here.
Be careful out there!
Full disclosure: long SVXY shares, long SSO shares and call options, long FSLR and CSIQ call options