(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: 87.1% (new 5-year high)
T2107 Status: 43.3% (new 8-month high)
VIX Status: 14.0
General (Short-term) Trading Call: cautiously bullish
Active T2108 periods: Day #26 over 20%, Day #25 over 30%, Day #22 over 40%, Day #19 over 50%, Day #15 over 60%, Day #14 over 70%, Day #12 over 80% (overbought)
The S&P 500 (SPY) is UP year-to-date 0.2%. That does not sound like much for mid-March, but consider from whence we came…
The S&P 500 (SPY) has now closed three straight days with gains above its 200DMA. The last 200DMA breakouts occurred from October through December and turned out to be false breakouts. Those breakouts were accompanied by deteriorating technicals and carried lots of warnings that I chronicled in the T2108 Updates at that time. The technicals this time around are strengthening; a broad swath of stocks are participating in the fun. This rally is a different kind of breakout.
T2108, the percentage of stocks trading above their 40-day moving averages (DMAs), is overbought (greater than 70%) but is holding firm at 87.1%, a 5-year high. T2108 has been overbought for 14 days. The stock market is just over a week away from hitting the overbought tipping point where an extended overbought rally has historically launched.
Even more importantly, T2107, the percentage of stocks trading above their 40-day moving averages (DMAs), is still increasing. It closed at 43.3%, an 8-month high.
So THIS 200DMA breakout for the S&P 500 is much different than the others. The technicals are strong and actually improving. I will of course reassess the situation if T2108 starts declining, T2107 stalls, and/or especially if the S&P 500 closes below its 200DMA. Surprisingly, the Australian dollar is STILL struggling to break 200DMA resistance against the Japanese yen, so that indicator continues to flash a mild warning. AUD/JPY keeps my trading call at cautiously bullish.
I have used the on-going rally to cash out on longs. I have flipped through several call option positions. I have also built up a few more hedges. With hindsight, I have done a little too much selling and a little too much hedging. I will be looking to trade a little more bullishly going forward. Commodities in particular are providing some juicy speculative plays for going long. However, my latent bearishness on commodities has me sticking to pairs trades. (I am still very overdue on writing about my latest strategies here).
Here are some charts for trade ideas and updates on previous trades I have proposed. See the captions for details.
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For readers interested in reviewing my trading rules for an oversold T2108, please see my post in the wake of the August Angst, “How To Profit From An EPIC Oversold Period“, and/or review my T2108 Resource Page.
Reference Charts (click for view of last 6 months from Stockcharts.com):
S&P 500 or SPY
U.S. Dollar Index (U.S. dollar)
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).
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 AUD/JPY, long put options on CAT and EEM, long call options on AMZN and ITB