Almost Like Nothing Happened – The Market Breadth

Stock Market Commentary Last week opened with a gap down amid hand-wringing about the potential for contagion from debt problems in China’s property market. However, the week ended like nothing happened. The major indices even managed marginal gains after the dust settled. As is so often the case, the Federal Reserve, under the comforting words … Read more

Heavy Headlines Ground Big Cap Tech Into A Source of Funds – The Market Breadth

Stock Market Commentary In my previous post I looked ahead to the Fed meeting on Wednesday as a main wildcard facing down the stock market’s most predictable trading pattern. Instead, heavy headlines about a looming financial crisis in China ground the gears of the stock market. Sprinkle in some obligatory fear about the dire warnings … Read more

A Test of the Stock Market’s Most Predictable Pattern – The Market Breadth

Stock Market Commentary The S&P 500 (SPY) is a key driver of the stock market’s most predictable pattern. The index’s relentless rise this year has held the majority of the trading action above the 20-day moving average (DMA) (the dotted line in the chart below). Brief dips below the 20DMA set up tests of the … Read more

Apple: A Stock Perched On A Line Dividing Rally From Churn

Apple (AAPL) has spent the last three trading days hugging its 50DMA with consecutive rebounds off intraday lows.

Apple Dividing Rally from Churn The latest cycle of the Apple Trading Model (ATM) happened between a legal setback for Apple and a product launch event. The week began somewhat hopeful with a small gain. Sellers ended the prospects for the Apple trade by fading the product announcement with a 1.0% loss and a close … Read more

The Tricky Technicals Ahead of Wynn Resort’s Plunge

One of the great features of options trading is the protection it offers against large absolute losses from surprise gaps in price from the underlying stock. That protection came in handy when casino and hotel company Wynn Resorts, Limited (WYNN) gapped down following news of a fresh regulatory crackdown in Macau, China. WYNN gapped down … Read more

Apple’s Big Loss Is the Stock Market’s Loss – The Market Breadth

Stock Market Commentary The weight of deteriorating market breadth was undermining the stock market even as on-going rotations kept the indices floating higher. Last week, the tone made one of those periodic, yet still small, shifts. When news broke that Epic Games won a key provision of its lawsuit against Apple and its Apple Store, … Read more

Follow-Through Trades: Strong Start to September for Stocks

The Follow-Through: Strong Start for Stocks The month of September enjoyed a strong start as last week’s fairy dust from J-Pow continued to work its magic. Short-term market breadth with AT50, the percentage of stocks trading above their 50-day moving averages (DMAs), also continuing higher while leaving behind the longer-term breadth indicator in AT200, the … Read more

The Breakdown Expanding Underneath the Stock Market – The Market Breadth

Stock Market Commentary The S&P 500 (SPY) lost 0.7% for just its 4th down day of the 12 trading days of August. The index closed at an all-time high the previous day. The pullback looks like just one more tiny pinprick in the middle of a monster run-up during this pandemic. Yet the ongoing deterioration … Read more

A Fresh Spark for Industrials And Little Else – The Market Breadth (August 13, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The upward drift in the stock market continued another week. The latest narrative comes from the cascading impact of the infrastructure bill settled in the Senate (I feel like the U.S. has passed this bill 10 times already!). While more wrangling lies ahead in the House of Representatives, the stock market felt … Read more

Warnings from Early Divergences in the Oversold Bounce – Above the 40 (July 23, 2021)

Stock Market Commentary The oversold bounce last week exceeded my expectations. I did not expect the week to end with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ hitting fresh all-time highs. Both indices seemed to offer limited upside for trading oversold conditions.The oversold bounce also disappointed me. I looked to beaten up stocks as the source … Read more