(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: 55.2%
T2107 Status: 49.7%
VIX Status: 14.9 (jumped above 15.35 pivot at one point)
General (Short-term) Trading Call: Hold.
Active T2108 periods: Day #36 over 20%, Day #34 over 30%, Day #31 over 40%, Day #29 over 50% (overperiod), Day #4 under 60% (underperiod), Day #106 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 stock market threw me for another loop. After sounding a loud bearish alarm in the last T2108 Update, I was prepared for Tuesday’s bearish open. I was however NOT prepared for the rapid and convincing bounce back from the lows.
T2108 dropped as low as 47.5% while the S&P 500 plunged in the first hour of trading almost to its lower-Bollinger Band (BB). The volatility index soared above the 15.35 pivot point. It was all looking like convincing follow-through for the bears. However, I think the currency market helped throw the day for a loop.
The Japanese yen had been gaining strength throughout the Asian and European trading sessions. Perhaps it was a race to cover shorts, perhaps stops were getting taken out. Whatever it was, the strength in the yen accelerated in the first hour of U.S. trading. It led to a classic V-shaped bottom where the recovery was as swift as the bumrush to the bottom. The S&P 500 and the U.S. dollar (DXY0) versus the Japanese yen (FXY) (USD/JPY) bottomed together. Buyers never looked back as they ran stocks right back up the flagpole.
The S&P 500 managed to finish with a mere 1-point loss. The day ended up looking like much ado about nothing. It left behind a very long hammer pattern. If buyers manage to keep the index pushing to a higher close, suddenly the market will look like it just washed out another set of weak hands.
(In the chart above, the top line (red) is the S&P 500. The thick, middle, black line is AUD/JPY. The bottom, blue line is USD/JPY).
Encouragement from the currency market came in the form of the Australian dollar (FXA) versus the Japanese yen (AUD/JPY) stopping cold at 50DMA support. This is a bullish development that now awaits confirmation with follow-through.
As you can imagine with all the early commotion trading opportunities abounded. The following notes excluding EEM are all updates from my last T2108 Update.
First off, I immediately sold my put options on ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures (UVXY) into the early swoosh downward. UVXY was up another 10% or so at the time. As I mentioned earlier, I held onto the put options one more day given the ominous warnings from the market, but I also had little confidence UVXY could hold its value through the week. UVXY closed the day with just a 2% gain.
Next, I made the TOUGH decision to sell my ProShares Ultra S&P500 (SSO) shares. While I was supposed to wait for the close, I decided that the open looked ominous enough that it was not worth further risk to my profits to hold SSO longer. Again, my expectation through the balance of this month is for a lot of chop.
I stayed firm with the trading strategy from the Apple Trading Model (ATM). With odds favoring a positive close and a positive move from the open, I immediately bought call options. I sold them for a small gain into the first pop and put in another limit order. Fortuitously, the second order triggered, and I held on until just ahead of the close. While I was playing the odds from the ATM, I definitely did not expect such a healthy gain at the close after such an ugly open.
AAPL ALMOST pulled off a bullish engulfing move. I am tempted to call it “close enough.”
A stock that DID print a bullish engulfing pattern was Alibaba (BABA). And just like the UVXY trade the day before, I almost missed the trade while tweeting about it.
$BABA perfectly tested 50DMA which happens to be complete reversal of post-earnings gains.
— Dr. Duru (@DrDuru) December 9, 2014
Soon after this tweet, I realized that this was a low risk (a tight and well-defined stop)/ high reward setup. I was a little late hopping aboard as I should have been ready right at the moment of the retest. BABA ended up closing with a bullish engulfing pattern that marks a likely bottom. I am now warily eyeing the downtrend line as potential resistance (meaning I could decide to take profits at anytime from here).
Finally, I initiated a fresh pairs trade on iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM). The gap down was a perfect opportunity to buy more call options on EEM on the cheap. I bought a smaller contingent of put options as a hedge. I am looking for more big moves from EEM.
I changed the trading strategy back to hold for bulls and bears. Bears can hold onto fresh shorts until buyers can prove they have firepower to push through a notable, fresh all-time high. Bulls do not need to lock in profits on any other positions unless/until today’s low gets violated.
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: net short the Australian dollar; net long U.S. dollar; net short Japanese yen; long BABA; long EEM calls and puts