(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: 60.3%
T2107 Status: 32.8%
VIX Status: 15.1
General (Short-term) Trading Call: neutral, changed from mildly bearish – see below
Active T2108 periods: Day #21 over 20%, Day #20 over 30%, Day #20 over 40%, Day #18 over 50%, Day #3 over 60% (overperiod), Day #335 under 70% (underperiod)
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)
IBB (iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology).
After the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its latest decision on monetary policy, the S&P 500 (SPY) extended its breakout. The U.S. dollar also broke out. In the two days since, both have stalled out.
Incredibly, T2108 has still failed to cross the overbought threshold. In fact, the momentum on my favorite technical indicator is ever so subtly waning. On Wednesday, T2108 only reached a high of 65.4%. It is now back to 60.3%. This is T2108’s 4th lowest close since the churn directly underneath the overbought threshold began over three weeks ago. This waning momentum is a slightly bearish sign as it contradicts the apparent momentum from the S&P 500.
When the S&P 500 tagged its 200DMA support, I posted a red flag on the market technicals as T2108 made its lowest close during this period of churn. At the time, iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT) appeared to validate my concerns. Since then, IYT has managed to hold support at its 50DMA. So, overall, my trading call remains at neutral. As a reminder, I am assuming it makes little to no sense get aggressive on short positions until/unless the S&P 500 closes below 200DMA support. On the flip side, a breakout for T2108 into overbought territory will likely trigger my trading rules for riding the momentum of an overbought rally.
The volatility index, the VIX, is still making no news. For two weeks, the VIX has bounced in a very tight range neatly around the 15.35 pivot. I never cease to marvel at how well this pivot actually works. I am assuming a breakout/down from this pivot will be consistent with market sentiment and will thus will help drive directional trades.
While this suspense continues to build, earnings season rolls along. Plenty of drama abounds in individual stocks. Some juicy post-earnings reversals continue to provide great trading opportunities as well. Here are a few sample charts with commentary in the captions.
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: short GS, short TWTR put options