Transportation Index Continues To Grind Higher

If the face of last week’s sideways price action and almost in a rebellious manner today (May 4, 2021), the Transportation Index is moving higher while the US major indexes are all broadly lower.  VIX has shot up over 20 again (over +13% higher) and the NASDAQ is off by more than 300 points (-2.75%) as I write this article.  Yet, the Transportation Index is bucking the trends and trading higher.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE TRANSPORTATION INDEX BUCKS THE MAJOR INDEX TRENDS?

My team and I have often highlighted the Transportation Index in our past research article. The reason we watch this index so closely is that it tends to lead market trends by at least 30 to 60 days.  In short, the Transportation Index is a measure of future expectations related to freight, shipping, transportation, and the movement of goods and commodities across the US and across the globe.

When an economy contracts, the Transportation Index will likely follow major indexes lower as future expectations related to economic activity contract.  When a recession or deep price correction happens, the Transportation Index usually moves sharply lower as the sudden shock of an unexpected economic contagion vastly alters future economic expectations.  But generally, the Transportation Index tends to front-run economic expectations.

The fact that the US major indexes are all broadly lower while the Transportation Index is moderately higher (and really running counter to the bearish trending) today suggests this price decline is a technical pullback in price – not a broad market contagion event.  As we interpret this early stage price rotation, we have to call it as we see it right now – Crude Oil is higher, the Transportation Index is higher, and the US Dollar rebounded higher yesterday.  Until we see confirmation within all three of these components related to a change in price trend, we believe the current move is a technical pullback of the bullish price trend, meaning the markets just got ahead of themselves recently and this is a common pullback.

We are fairly early into this pullback and things may change if it progresses downward over the next few days/weeks.  But right now the strength in the Transportation Index, the US Dollar, and Crude Oil are suggesting the markets are expecting a continued reflation trade (upward trending) to continue at some point in the near future.  If the Transportation Index were to fall below $14,800 on a deep price decline, then we would immediately become very concerned that a broad market bearish price trend has set up, possibly setting off a very deep price correction.

As I highlighted in yesterday’s research article, precious metals will likely continue to rally in a moderate upside price trend because both Gold and Silver have recently started a new Advancing Cycle Phase. This start of a new Cycle Phase may be prompting some early rotation in the US major indexes right now and we’ll just have to watch and see how this proposed technical pullback plays out over the next few days/weeks.

Watch previous Pivot Low levels for support in the markets.  We are seeing some increased volatility and when markets break previous “stand-out” pivot lows, that’s when we want to prepare for the potential of a deeper downside price trend. The basis of Fibonacci Price Theory is that price is always seeking new highs and new lows – thus, the breach of a major “stand-out” pivot low could be interpreted as a major breakdown in price trending.

The bigger question is, will you be ready to jump into the strongest sectors when this downside trending ends?  Do you know which sectors present the best opportunities for future profits?

Don’t miss the opportunities in the broad market sectors over the next 6+ months.  Staying ahead of these sector trends is going to be key to developing continued success in these markets. My BAN Trader Pro newsletter service does all the work for you with daily pre-market reports, proprietary research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my premium subscribers. Sign up today!

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Gold & Silver Begin New Advancing Cycle Phase

Before going into detail regarding my latest research and cycle phases, I want you to think of these cycle phases as Advancing and Declining cycle trends.  They act as a “build-up of trend”, then an “unwinding of trend”.  In each instance, trends can be either Bullish, Bearish, or Neutral in nature.  My research team and I believe a new Bullish Cycle Phase has begun in Gold and Silver.  If our research is correct, the next Advancing Cycle Phase may prompt a broad rally in Gold and Silver.

Understanding Cycle Phase Analysis & Trends in Metals

We interpret these cycle phases as unique trend segments involved in a broader cycle scope.  For example, over a longer-term rally, we may see many Bullish Advancing and Declining cycle phases take place – one after another.  Conversely, we may see many Bearish cycle phases take place in an extended downtrend.  Another type of cycle phase can also exist, the Reversal Cycle Phase – where price Advances in one direction and Declines in the opposite direction.  This type of Rotation Cycle Phase exists as the current completed Cycle on the Gold chart, below.

As we are nearing the end of the current Declining Cycle Phase as seen in the chart below, we will soon begin the new Advancing Cycle Phase in Gold.  Gold’s Reversal Cycle Phase that took place between December 21, 2020, and May 10, 2021, will likely close higher than the midpoint (or Apex) of the total Cycle Phase.  This suggests a new bullish price trend has taken over and the price is more likely to move higher in the next Advancing Cycle Phase. If this trend continues, then the price will continue to rally higher in the Declining Cycle Phase as well – as we saw in the first Cycle Phase: between March 16, 2020, and August 3, 2020.

Gold & Silver Phase Tables – Will Price Continue A New Bullish Cycle Phase?

To help explain our Cycle research, we’ve put together these tables to detail the Cycle Phases and price logic we use to interpret each Advancing and Declining phase.  Each table entry consists of an Advancing, then Declining Cycle Phase.  Combined, they make up a complete Cycle Phase.  We are measuring price at the midpoint (Apex) of the Cycle Phase to determine if any Advancing or Declining Cycle Phase is Bullish or Bearish in trend.  If both Advancing and Declining Cycle Phases show the same trend direction, we define that completed Cycle Phase as Bullish or Bearish.  If they differ in trend types, we define that completed Cycle Phase as a Reversal Phase.

Gold has been in a downtrend recently while Silver has continued to stay somewhat bullish in a sideways price trend.  You can see from the tables below, Gold recently completed a Reversal Cycle Phase (ending with a Bullish Declining Phase) while Silver has continued to exhibit Bullish Cycle Phases since March 9, 2020.

Both Gold and Silver ended their last completed Cycle Phases recently.  Gold will end the last completed Cycle Phase on May 10, 2021.  Silver ended its last completed Cycle Phase on April 12, 2021. The next Advancing Cycle Phase for both Gold and Silver will begin this week and next week – and will continue until July 19, 2021.  After that, the Declining Cycle Phase will begin and last until late September, for Gold, and late October for Silver.

If our research is correct, we may see extended bullish trending over the next 6+ months in both Gold and Silver.

Silver Cycle Phases Continue To Show Stronger Bullish Trending

The following Silver Weekly Chart highlights the Cycle Phases and highlights the price trends for each Advancing and Declining Cycle Phase.  While Gold has experienced an extended Bearish Cycle Phase over the past 5+ months, Silver has continued to show stronger bullish price Cycle Phases and continues to attempt higher closing price levels at the end of each Cycle Phase.  We believe this suggests Silver is likely to see some explosive upside price trending when the $28.42 level (the higher YELLOW line) is breached.  This level represents historical price resistance for Silver.  Once this level is breached, we believe Silver will begin to advance higher very quickly.

Remember, we have until July 19, 2021, before the first Advancing Cycle Phase in Silver ends.  This Advancing Phase may prompt a move above the $28.42 level and may attempt to rally above $30.00 as we have drawn on the chart (below). If the Declining Cycle Phase continues this bullish trend, we may see Silver trading above $32.00 ~ $33.00 before Halloween 2021.  This would represent a +26.5% rally in Silver from the last completed Cycle Phase price level.

In closing, we want to suggest that a rally as we are proposing in Gold and Silver will also present a renewed risk factor for the US and global markets (potentially). In the past, we have seen precious metals rally while the US stock market rallies.  It is not uncommon for precious metals to begin to move higher while the US stock market continues to move higher.  This type of price activity simply suggests that global traders/investors are moving capital into Precious Metals as the US stock market climbs a strengthening “wall of worry”.  This type of price action happened from 2004 to 2009 – prior to the Credit Crisis/Housing Crisis.

As we’ve been suggesting for many months, the next few years are going to be full of incredible opportunities for traders and investors. Smart traders will quickly identify these phases of the market and will understand how to position themselves to take advantage of this next phase. You can learn more about how I identify and trade Gold, Silver, and the markets by watching my FREE step-by-step guide to finding and trading the best sectors.

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Chris Vermeulen
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www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Want To Invest In Real Estate But Don’t Have The Down Payment?

As an asset class, real estate should be a part of every balanced investment portfolio. That’s because real estate investments generally have a low correlation to stocks, can offer lower risk, and provide greater diversification.

Today about 65% of Americans own a home, but that means that tens of millions of Americans have no exposure to real estate. Making matters worse, becoming a homeowner today is harder than in previous generations, with 1 in 5 millennials believing they will never be able to afford a home. Is there a way to get exposure to the real estate market for as little as $100?

Residential Real Estate Market Trend

From the chart below, we can see that the residential real estate market continues to climb and the median price of houses sold in the US is near recent all-time highs of $347,500. Even though mortgage rates remain near all-time lows, the appreciation of prices in certain pockets of the country are making many cities and areas simply unaffordable for most. Things look much the same for industrial, commercial, agricultural, and most other specialized real estate subsectors.

How Can You Invest in Real Estate Through the Stock Market

The stock markets offer three different ways you can invest in real estate, and today we will be looking at three of them: REITs, ETNs, and ETFs.

A REIT is a real estate investment trust and it generally owns, manages, and/or finances income-producing real estate assets. REITs are generally highly liquid (trading like stocks) and are known to produce steady income through dividends as opposed to focusing on capital appreciation.

There are hundreds of REITs, with the most popular focused on retail, residential, healthcare, office, and mortgages. Having REIT status enables those companies to avoid paying taxes at the corporate level as taxes are paid by the investors when they receive distributions of income in the form of dividends.

A real estate ETN is unsecured debt of real estate assets, essentially a type of bond with a maturity date (but without interest payments). ETNs do not provide ownership of the underlying assets, but their performance is directly correlated to the performance of those assets.

Investors need to be wary that they can lose all of their ETN investment if the underlying debt goes into default. They also face closure risk if the issuer closes the ETN before maturity by paying the prevailing price in the market (potentially creating a loss for the investor). Despite these risks, some investors prefer ETNs because of the tax treatment for long-term ETN holdings.

A real estate ETF is the same as any ETF, being a basket of securities in the real estate sector that can be bought and sold on the stock market. Real estate ETFs often focus on a collection of REITs, offering investors a way to diversify their real estate bets without the torture of researching hundreds of REITs. REIT ETFs offer investors to earn dividend income like REITS while also benefiting from higher diversification and greater market liquidity, which are the hallmarks of all ETFs.

What Makes a Good REIT ETH?

First, you need to decide if you want a mortgage or equity REITs, as well as if you are looking for an objective-specific REIT (like storage facilities) or something more broad and big-picture (like residential real estate). Your REIT ETF should also have a good amount of assets under management in order to keep expense ratios down, and always check to see if the ETF you are interested in has sufficient liquidity.

The charts below show you the performance of the three largest real estate ETFs. Each of these ETFs have over $5 billion of assets, are highly liquid, and a slightly different focus in either the index they track or the real estate assets they are comprised of.

Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund (NYSEARCA: VNQ)

Vanguard focuses on US equity REITS with a small allocation to specialized REITS and real estate firms.

iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA: IYR)

The iShares REIT, above, follows the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index, whereas Schwab’s REIT ETF (below) follows the smaller Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index.

Schwab US REIT ETF (NYSEARCA: SCHH)

For those of you that get my daily BAN Hotlist, you will know that real estate triggered a signal more than a month ago indicating the sector to be in an uptrend. Real estate continues to be a top-performing sector, with all three of the biggest ETFs gaining more than 15% so far in 2021. In fact, more than 90% of all real estate ETFs have outperformed the S&P500 this year. When you add in the fact that some of the REIT ETFs are also producing annual dividend rates as high as 7-8%, it becomes clear that real estate ETFs should be part of your portfolio.

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Chris Vermeulen
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www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Financial Sector Appears Ready To Run Higher

As we transition into the early Summer months, we are watching how different market sectors are reacting to the continued shifting of capital over the past 60+ days.  One this is very clear, certain market sectors are strengthening while others have run into resistance and are consolidating.  We believe the next few weeks and months will continue this type of trend where capital continues to shift away from risks and into sectors that show tremendous strength and opportunity.

We wrote about how Precious Metals are likely starting a new bullish price trend on April 18, 2021. You can read that research article here: https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/metals-miners-may-have-started-a-new-longer-term-bullish-trend-part-ii/.

We wrote about how the recent bullish price trend was based on a “wall of worry” and how the markets love to climb higher within this environment on April 14, 2021.  You can read that research article here: https://www.fxempire.com/forecasts/article/us-equities-climb-a-wall-of-worry-to-new-highs-720109

We also published an article on April 11, 2021 suggesting the Cannabis Sector had reached a Pennant Apex and would likely begin a new bullish price trend after some “shakeout” price volatility near the Pennant Apex.  You can read that research article here: https://www.thetechnicaltraders.com/is-the-cannabis-alternative-sector-rally-ready-to-breakout-again/.

XLF May Rally Another 8% – 10% Or More

Today, we are revisiting a recent research article suggesting the Financial Sector may be poised for another rally trend targeting the $38.00 level first, then the $39.40 level based on our research.  The financial sector continues to trend higher after the COVID-19 market collapse.  Global central banks and government policies are very accommodating to stronger earnings and growth in the Financial sector.  Recently, the US Government passed a new COVID stimulus bill that allocates money for at-risk borrowers to help elevate foreclosure actions.

It is very likely that these continued actions to support a stronger US and global recovery will translate into higher price trending in the Financial sector as we move into the Summer months – where weather and Summer activities push people back outside and into more active lifestyles.

Using our Fibonacci Measured Move technique, we have identified a support level in XLF near $34.50.  Therefore, as long as price stays above this level, we believe a continued bullish price trend will push future prices towards the target levels near $38.00, then $39.40. We are watching for the next 0.61% Fibonacci level, near $36.93, to be breached as a sign the bullish price trend is accelerating.

Although the market may appear to be very extended and overbought, we still believe there is room to run for certain market sectors.  XLF, MJ, GDXJ, SILJ, and many others have recently moved into our watchlist for new bullish trends.  Are you ready for profit from these moves?

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Have a great week!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Market Leverage Reaches New All-Time Highs As The Excess Phase Rally Continues

A recent Forbes article highlights the incredible increase in market leverage since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.  There has never been a time in recent history where market leverage has reached these extreme levels.  Additionally, highly leveraged market peaks are typically associated with asset bubbles.

The easy money policies and global central bank actions have prompted one of the longest easy money market rallies in history.  Historically low interest rates, US Federal Reserve and global central bank asset-buying programs, and extended overnight credit support have prompted some traders and investors to move into a more highly leveraged position expecting the rally to stay endless.  Although, the reality of the global market trends may be starting to cause traders and investors to become a bit unsettled.  Precious Metals, Utilities, and Bonds have all started reacting to perceived fear related to this extended bullish rally trend recently.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2021/04/24/uh-oh-market-leverage-at-all-time-high/?sh=29eadac1e8a9

My research team and I believe the current market rally will likely continue as capital shifts away from extended market sectors.  We believe the transition away from the new US President and the new policies associated with this change of leadership has already started taking place – which is why Precious Metals, Utilities, and Bonds are starting to trend.  Yet, we believe the momentum behind this current rally is likely to extend through the end of April and into early May 2021.

Custom Volatility Index Shows Bullish Trending & Price Volatility Risks

Our Custom Volatility Index chart, below, shows the US markets have just recently rallied back to previous bullish market trending levels (above 13 on this chart).  Once this Custom Volatility Index reaches these levels, we normally expect two market traits to continue.  First, we expect bullish trending because the Volatility Index above 10~11 strongly suggests an extended bullish trend is in place.  Secondly, we expect moderate price rotation to take place after the Volatility Index reaches levels above 13~14.

It is very common for the Volatility Index to move above the 13~14 level in extended rally trends.  Yet, it is also common for the markets to rotate or retrace after reaching these levels.  Therefore, this Custom Volatility Index chart shows the US markets have moved into extreme bullish price trending and has already reached a peak level near 15 – which suggests we can expect some moderate price rotation within the next 3 to 5+ weeks.

Whenever the US major indexes trend higher in longer-term extended trends, the Custom Volatility Index typically stays above 10~11 and continually attempts to rally above 12~13.  The “Peak Volatility Channel” on this chart highlights areas of extreme peaks in the markets.  When the Custom Volatility Index reaches this level, price becomes more likely to rotate or retrace a bit before attempting to move higher.

Smart Cash Index Shows Global Markets Need To Break Above 210 TO Begin A New Rally Phase

Our following Custom Smart Cash Index shows the global markets have been struggling to move higher over the past few months.  Even though the US markets have attempted to rally to new highs, the Smart Cash Index chart shows this recent rally has not been seen in the global markets.

My team and I believe the next rally phase in the markets must initiate with the Smart Cash Index chart rallying above 210 and representing a moderately strong global market push higher throughout the May/June 2021 time span.  If the Smart Cash Index fails to move above the 210 price level, the we believe a moderate price correction may be setting up for May or June 2021 where the US markets may move moderately lower, attempting to retest recent support, then begin another rally attempt.

Currently, the global stock market and financial system leverage may be an unknown catalyst for some type of future market movements.  The Forbes article suggests these new all-time high leverage levels are likely the result of global central bank policies where traders and investors believe the central banks will continue to support the markets indefinitely.  As much as we would like to think this may be the case, the reality is that, at some point, normalization will take place in the global markets and that presents an ominous deleveraging event in the future.

We are watching how the market’s sectors are shifting trends and how some of the strongest sectors are shifting and weakening over the past 60+ days.  For example, the Russell 2000 had been one of the strongest market sectors up until about 2 months ago.  Now it appears to be trading in a sideways trend – attempting to move back into a bullish price trend.

Our research team believes traders and investors need to be prepared for quickly shifting sector trends over the next 6+ months as this highly leveraged global market event plays out.  Our research suggests a price rotation event is near and the global markets are still trending in a moderately strongly bullish trend. The strongest sectors are going to continue to be the best performers over time.  Being able to identify and trade these sectors is key to being able to efficiently target profits.  You can learn more about how I identify and trade these sectors by registering for my FREE course here.

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Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

Are Metals & Miners Starting A New Longer-Term Bullish Trend?

Almost in stealth mode, precious metals have begun to bottom and start a new upside price trend while the US stock market focused on the FOMC meeting a few weeks back and current economic data.  Gold, Silver, and many of the Miner ETFs recently started a moderately strong push higher – almost completely behind the scenes of the hype in the markets regarding IPOs and Bitcoin’s new recent highs.

All the Gold traders know that when Gold starts a new leg higher, it could mean inflation fears are being amplified in the global markets and/or fear is starting to creep back into the markets.  After the recent rally in the US major indexes and as we plow through Q1:2021 earnings, it makes sense that some fear and inflation concerns are starting to take precedence over other concerns.  Will the markets just continue to push higher and higher? Or are the market nearing some type of intermediate-term peak after rallying from November 2020? Only time will tell…

The recent move in Gold and Silver prices suggests traders and investors are starting to act more aggressively to hedge against downside market risks.  My research team and I believe these upside trends may confirm an upside breakout trend in Precious Metals and Miners within 2 to 4+ weeks. You may find some of our earlier research articles related to metals, including our April 15th price targets for Gold, Silver, and Platinum, and our research from March 26th where we explore an impending miners breakout rally.

Custom Metals Index Shows Breakout Starting – 433 Level Is Confirmation

Let’s start by reviewing our Custom Metals Index Weekly chart, below.  The continued downward price slide from the early August 2020 peak has extended more than 8 months. Recent lows also align with the peak levels just before the COVID-19 market collapse (February 2020).  Our research suggests this level will act as a strong support level and may prompt a new bullish price leg in Precious Metals and Miners if we continue to see confirmation of this uptrend in the future. Confirmation for our research team would be a strong close above 433 on our Custom Metals Index chart – closing above the 2021 Yearly highs.

We urge readers to pay close attention to the RED price channels on this Custom Metals Index chart.  These historic price channels may become very relevant in the near future.  A strong upside price breakout in precious metals may prompt a rally that extends aggressively higher – attempting to reenter this current price channel.  If this were to happen, Gold would have to rally above $2165 by July 2021.  This would certainly put Precious Metals into a new longer-term bullish price trend.

Junior Gold Miners Need To Continue Higher To Confirm Breakout/Rally Trend

The following GDXJ chart highlights the base/bottom that has setup in Junior Gold Miners and also highlights the past failed breakout attempts following the CYAN downward sloping trend line.  If this current breakout attempt is valid, we will see a continued upward price trend that confirms the breach of this downward sloping trend line over the next 5 to 15+ days.  We expect this move to happen fairly quickly given how traders have shifted focus recently into hedging against downside price concerns.

Miners and Junior Miners tend to lead Precious Metals prices in volatile price trends.  Junior Miners act as a leader for the Precious Metals sector as investors expect stronger Precious Metals prices to translate into stronger earnings for Junior Miners.  Therefore, when traders perceive Precious Metals prices are bottoming or starting a new uptrend, Junior Miners will likely lead the rally in metals because Junior Miners will directly benefit (bottom-line profits) if metals prices move higher. Ideally, we would like to see a strong close above $53~54 to confirm this upside breakout trend.  This past standout high/resistance level seems key for any continuation of any bullish breakout trends.

14+ Months Into A New Depreciation Cycle – What Next?

As the US stock market continues to push into new all-time highs almost every week and inflation concerns are starting to rise, while global central banks are still acting to support the global market recovery, it seems oddly similar to the 2001~2009 Depreciation Phase which prompted a rally in Gold from $262 to over $1900 (over 700%).  We wrote about this change in global cycle trends in our December 18, 2020 research entitled Metals & Miners Shifting Gears.

The Monthly Gold chart below highlights our research into the broader Appreciation/Depreciation phases of the global markets.  Notice how Gold rallied during the last Depreciation phase (from 2001 to 2011) – even starting to rally higher just before the Depreciation phase started and continuing for nearly a year after it ended.  This happens because global traders/investors start shifting their focus into hedging against risk before the Depreciation Phase actually kicks into gear – just like what is happening right now; on the right edge of this chart.

The price Appreciation Phase ended near the end of 2019 (just before the COVID-19 market collapse). Yet, the US stock market has continued to rally higher and higher over the past 24 months, well into the start of the Depreciation Phase cycle.  This is what we call an “Excess Phase Rally” – where prices continue to trend because of momentum and herd mentality from traders.  As we are seeing right now, certain sectors, technology, and the US major indexes are still pushing to new all-time highs.  This is partially because traders continue to pile into the momentum trades/trends – chasing those profits.

Gold has started to react to the Depreciation cycle in a way that suggests the global markets may eventually transition into a bit of a sideways price trend or come under some type of renewed valuation concerns over the next 3 to 5+ years.  This type of general market concern, as well as the desire to hedge against risk, may prompt a continued rally in Gold to levels above $3000 – as shown on this chart.

Staying ahead of these types of sector trends is going to be key to developing continued success in these markets.  As some sectors fail, others will begin to trend higher.  For those who believe in the power of relative strength, cycles and momentum then the BAN Trader Pro newsletter service does all the work for you in determining what to buy, when to buy it, and how to take profits while minimizing downside risk.

In Part II of this article, we’ll highlight continued opportunities in various metals/mining stocks/ETF as well as continue to highlight our believe that Precious Metals and Miners are starting a broad market transition into the Depreciation Phase cycle.  Are you ready for it?  Are you ready for increased global stock market volatility and trends while Precious Metals may start a new 140% to 250% potential price rally?

Have a great weekend!

Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

US Equities Climb A “Wall Of Worry” To New Highs

Low volume rallies have become a standard of trending recently.  We see higher volume when volatility kicks in near areas of broad market volatility.  Otherwise, we see lower volume trending push the prices higher recently in a “melt-up” type of mode.

Two recent standout events confirm this type of trending and volatility phases of the markets: (1) the September 2020 to early November 2020 (pre-US Election) rotation in price; and (2) the recent February 2021 to late March 2021 sideways price rotation related to the FOMC meeting/comments.  Both of these events centered around external market components and prompted an extended period of price volatility related to uncertainty.  After these events passed, price fell back into a low volume rally mode for many months, where most of the actual price gains happened.

The following Daily QQQ chart highlights my observations related to this type of price activity.  We start in the pre-COVID-19 price rally from October 2019 to the peak near mid-February 2020.  It is easy to see the decreased volume activity while prices climbed more than 27%.  Then, the COVID-19 even sent volatility skyrocketing higher and prices collapsed by 30%.  This type of “Wall Of Worry” trending is common and presents a very clear opportunity for traders.

After the March 2020 bottom, prices began another low volume rally that lasted from April 2020 to August 2020 – totaling a substantial +45% gain.  Again, starting in mid November 2020 and ending in mid February 2021, the QQQ rallied over 15% in a low volume “melt-up” trend.

Currently, the volume has started to subside after the FOMC meeting/comments volatility and we are starting to see moderately strong upward price trending in the QQQ.  This suggests we have entered another “Wall Of Worry” trend which may continue for many weeks or months.

The following Weekly XLY, SPDR Consumer Discretionary ETF chart highlights how diverse this “Wall of Worry” trend really is.  It translates into other sectors with almost the same velocity as it does in the QQQ.  In this example, we can see the strong trending, highlighted by GREEN ARROWS, at the same time as the decreasing volume took place.  Each of these rally trends coincides with the QQQ trends.  The rally from April 2020 to August 2020 represented a +35% gain.  The rally from November 2020 to February 2021 represented a +21% gain.  The current rally attempt has already advanced over 17% higher and may continue to rally for many more weeks.

If there is no future disruption of this low volume trending, then we may expect to see the US stock market continue to move in this manner for many weeks or months to come.  These low-volume “Wall Of Worry” trends can be very profitable and can prompt big moves in sector ETFs.

Many traders continue to miss opportunities in these markets because of worry or concerns of a breakdown in the trend. Eventually, something will prompt a correction or breakdown of this rally trend.  But until that happens, traders need to be able to identify and profit from these strong low volume rallies as they present some of the lowest volatility price advances recently. Being able to identify and trade these sectors is key to being able to efficiently target profits.  You can learn more about the BAN strategy and how to identify and trade better sector setups by registering for my FREE Trading Course here.

For those who believe in the power of trading on relative strength, market cycles, and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day then my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service does all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my premium subscribers.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Many Sectors Are Primed For Another Breakout Rally – Are You?

As we start moving into the Q1:2021 earnings season, we need to be aware of the risks associated with the volatility often associated with earnings data and unknowns.  Nonetheless, there are other factors that appear to be present in current trends which suggest earnings may prompt a moderately strong upside breakout rally – again.

One key factor is that the US markets are already starting to price in forwarding expectations related to a reflation economy – a post-COVID acceleration in activity, consumer participation, and manufacturing.  Secondarily, we must also consider the continued stimulus efforts, easy monetary policy from the US Fed, and the continued trending related to the 12+ month long COVID-19 recovery rally.

In some ways, any damage to the economy related to COVID-19 may have already happened well over 6+ months ago.  Certainly, there are other issues we are still dealing with and recovering from, but the strength of the US economy since May/June of 2020 has been incredible.  When we combine the strength of the economic recovery with the extended support provided by the US Fed and US government stimulus/policy efforts, we are left with only one conclusion:  the markets will likely continue to rally until something stops this trend.

Just this week, after stronger inflation data posted last week, and as earnings data starts to hit the wires, we are seeing some early signs that the US major indexes are likely to continue to trend higher – even while faced with odd earnings data.  If this continues, we may see the US major indexes, and various ETF sectors, continue to rally throughout most of April – if not longer.

Today, Aphria (APHA), announced a third-quarter “miss” on sales, and net operating loss fell more than 14%.  This tugged many Cannabis-related stocks lower and pulled the Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) lower by over 4%.  Still, the Transportation Index, Financial sector ETF (XLF), and S&P500 SPDR ETF (SPY) rallied to new all-time highs.

This suggests the market is discounting certain sector components as “struggling” within a broadly appreciating market trend.  In this environment, even those symbols which perform poorly won’t disrupt the Bullish strength of the general markets.  Because of this, we believe the overall trend bias, which is Bullish, will continue to push most of the market higher over the next few days/weeks… at least until something happens to break this trend or when investors suddenly shift away from this trend.

SPY Rally May Be Far From Over At This Stage

Let’s start by reviewing this SPY Daily chart below (S&P500 SPDR ETF).  As you can see, the recent rally has already moved above the GREEN 100% Fibonacci Measured Move target level near $410.  Any continued rally from this level would suggest an upside price extension beyond the 100% Fibonacci Measured Move level is initiating.  This type of trending does happen and can often prompt a higher target level (possibly 200% or higher) above our initial targets.

What is interesting in our review of these charts is the SPY may be rallying above recent price range targets, using the Fibonacci Measured Move technique, but other sectors appear to really have quite a bit of room to run.

Transportation Index Continues To Suggest Stronger US Recovery

This Transportation Index Daily Chart, TRAN, suggests a target level near $15,627 so it is reasonable to assume the Transportation Index may continue to rally more than 4% higher from current levels.  Ideally, if this were to happen, it would suggest the broader economic recovery is strengthening and we may expect to see the US major indexes continue to rally higher as well.

At this time, when economic data and Q1:2021 earnings are streaming into the news wires, we usually expect some extended volatility in the markets.  The VIX may rally back above 19 to 24 over time if the markets reflect the varied earnings outcomes we expect.  Yet, we believe the overall bias of the markets at this stage of the trend is solidly Bullish.

Financial Sector ETF Ready To Rally Above $37

The Financial sector ETF (XLF), as seen in the following chart, is poised to break higher after a dramatic recovery in price after December 2020.  The rally from $29 to over $35 represents a solid +20% advance and the recent resistance level, near $35.30, is a key level to watch as this sector continues to trend.  Once that resistance level is breached, we believe a continued rally attempt will target $37, then $39.40.

The expected recovery in the US economy will prompt more consumer spending and the use of credit.  Over the past 8+ months, US consumers have worked to bring down their credit levels and saved more money because of the change in how we addressed COVID work-styles and lack of travel (and extra money from the Stimulus payments).  That may not change right away, but eventually, consumers will start to engage in the economy as travel starts to recover and summer activities start to take place.  This suggests spending, travel, vacationing, eating out and other activities will prompt a new wave of economic activity within the Financial Sector.

The US markets are uniquely poised to further upside price gains because the US has such a dynamic core economy.  Our base of consumers is, generally, working in jobs, saving more, and more capable of traveling within the US to engage in summer activities.  Because of this, we believe the continued recovery of the US economy will prompt another wave of higher prices throughout the Q1:2021 earnings season.  We believe a number of solid earnings and expectations will support the market and future expectations will support a continued moderate price rally in certain sectors.

The strongest sectors are going to continue to be the best performers over time.  Being able to identify and trade these sectors is key to being able to efficiently target profits.  You can learn more about the BAN strategy and how to identify and trade better sector setups by registering for our FREE webinar here.  We’ve built this technology to help us identify the strongest and best trade setups in any market sector.  Every day, we deliver these setups to our subscribers along with the BAN Trader Pro system trades.  You owe it to yourself to see how simple it is to trade 30% to 40% of the time to generate incredible results.

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The SPY Is Nearing Resistance @ $410… Read On To Find Out What Is Next

My shorter-term analysis for the markets continues to stay Bullish and suggests the US reflation trade, the strengthening of the US and the global economy, and recovery from the COVID-19 restrictions will likely prompt a moderately strong upside price trend leading into at least mid Q2:2021.  The recent strength of the US Dollar is helping to push capital into the US markets as foreign investors attempt to shift capital away from Emerging Market and currency weakness and the Treasury Yield rallies seem to have indicated a moderate warning related to global central banks attempting to front-run inflation concerns.

SPY Targeting $410, then $425 or higher

If the US Dollar continues to strengthen and foreign capital continues to flow into the US stock market, then my research team and I believe a continued “melt-up” bullish price trend will continue, similar to what happened in 2018~2019.  As we can see on the chart below, the upside price target for the SPY is $410.15.  Once that level is reached, we believe a moderate sideways Bull Flag will set up and prompt another upside price rally targeting $425~$430.

The rally in the US stock market will likely continue until key factors break down.  We don’t know what those key factors are going to be, but we are watching our custom indexes and proprietary price modeling systems to identify if and when that breakdown takes place.  Currently, we don’t see any real risk to a sudden downside price trend based on our research.  Of course, some sudden collapse in the global credit/banking industry, war, or some other unknown externality could easily disrupt the current balance of the markets.

Right now, we are targeting the $410 level on the SPY and expect the next leg higher to target $425~430.  We believe the current market environment supports a continued $24~$28 Fibonacci Expansion range stepping higher as moderate pullback events take place after reaching subsequent upside targets.  This “upward stepping” price pattern will likely continue as the reflation trade pushes a continued “melt-up” price event. Remember, our research may change suddenly if needed and the best way to stay ahead of these market setups/trends is to get my daily BAN Trader Pro pre-market video that covers the charts of the major indexes, bonds, gold and silver, and other asset classes and sectors delivered top your inbox every morning.

As with all things, we make decisions based on what we know right now and not based on what may or may not happen as a guess.  Our research and custom indicators suggest a strengthening US Dollar will pull foreign capital investments into US sectors/stocks and likely prompt another “melt-up” type of trend over the next few weeks and months.

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Stronger US Dollar – Which ETFs Will Benefit? Part II

In this second part of our exploration of the recent US Dollar rally and what it may be reacting to in relation to the current US stock market highs and continued rally, we will explore some of the underlying factors that are translating into US Dollar strength while the US stock market continues to push higher.

In the first part of this research article, we highlighted the US Dollar reaction to the 2008-09 credit market crisis and how the US Dollar actually started to bottom/rally in early 2008 – just as the rollover top in the US stock markets continued to setup.  The way the US Dollar reacts to stress factors in the global markets is to strengthen as a safe haven as capital is constantly seeking the best environment for investment and profits.  When the markets enter a period of turmoil, the US Dollar typically begins to strengthen before the global markets really begin to react to the fear or turmoil.

The recent news of large financial institutions and hedge funds taking large losses and closing operations is somewhat similar to the Lehman event of 2008.  These types of larger corporate debt collapses have wide-range global market effects.  Sometimes, these events can ripple into other global corporations who engaged in this level of financing or credit functions.  For example, Credit Suisse’s attempt to recoup potential losses from the Greensill collapse may be a very complicated and fruitless process according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Weekly US Dollar Shows Uptrend Starting

The current US Dollar Weekly chart, below, shows how the US Dollar has strengthened over the past 3 months and how this current uptrend aligns with the $89 lows from early 2018.  One of the most interesting aspects of this chart is the peak in early 2020, as the COVID-19 virus market collapse bottomed, which was followed by an extended decline.  As mentioned earlier, the US Dollar acts as a safe haven during times of uncertainty and chaos.  Obviously, the initial COVID-19 market selloff prompted quite a bit of uncertainty and chaos, prompting the US Dollar to rise nearly 9% in just two weeks.  Does the current upside trending in the US Dollar translate into more uncertainty and chaos in the markets?

The recent bottom on this Weekly US Dollar chart happened on January 6, 2021. This was the day that Congress certified the US state electors.  It was also the day that chaos took place in Washington DC.  From that point onward, the US Dollar began a decidedly upward price trend.  Since that low on January 6, the US Dollar has risen over 4.60%.  Over that same time, the SPY has rallied more than 7.5%, which obviously fails to show any US or global market concerns.

Weekly Smart Cash vs. US Dollar Correlations

The following chart shows the US Dollar (as a GOLD line) and our Custom Smart Cash Index (as a BLUE line) and highlights the threshold of the US Dollar that usually prompts a breakdown in price in the stock market.  The ORANGE threshold level on this chart for the US Dollar is 94.10 and the PURPLE threshold level on this chart 99.50.  Once the US Dollar reaches levels above the ORANGE threshold, the SPY becomes much more volatile and tends to retrace lower over time.  Once the US Dollar reaches above the PURPLE threshold, it appears the US Dollar reaches major resistance, stalls, and contracts, which prompts a fairly large upside price trend in the SPY.

Currently, the US Dollar Index is trading just above 93.00 and it just 1.1 away from the ORANGE threshold.  Should the US Dollar continue to rally over the next few weeks and months, our research suggests the US stock market will enter a period of increased volatility with broad sector trending/rotation.  As you can see on this chart, near the end of 2018, the US Dollar Index rallied above the ORANGE threshold while the Custom Smart Cash Index entered a period of extended price volatility (2019 through the COVID-19 bottom in 2020).  Once the US Dollar Index fell back below the ORANGE threshold (July/August 2020), the Custom Smart Cash Index began to rally estensively.

The current rally in the US stock market will likely continue until the US Dollar Index moves comfortably over the ORANGE threshold, there is a strong possibility the US stock market will enter a period of extended volatility and trending.  That means that the current bullish price trend may enter a broader rally phase – targeting a new excess phase peak.  Or, it may shift into more of a sideways price trend with a broad range of price rotation – like what happen in 2015 to 2016.

Interestingly enough, near the end of 2016, as the US stock market bottomed and began to rally, the sectors that lead that rally included precious metals, miners, utilities, regional banking, and technology (later in 2017).  This suggests we need to watch metals & miners as well as utilities and regional banking sectors later in 2021.

Currently, the leading sector trends are Real Estate, REITS, US Financials, Global Infrastructure, Global Natural Resources, Technology, Consumer Services, and Aerospace & Defense.  These leading sectors suggest many traders/investors believe the next few years will be filled with various advantages in technology, raw materials, consumer activities and infrastructure/defense spending.  Get ready for some really big trends in various sectors and be prepared to jump into some of these bigger trends.

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How To Spot Boom and Bust Cycles

One of the most important aspects of trading is being able to properly identify major market cycles and trends. The markets will typically move between four separate stages: Bottoming/Basing, Rallying, Topping/Distribution, and Bearish Trending.  Each of these phases of market trends is often associated with various degrees of market segment trending as well.  For example, one of the most telling phrases of when the stock market is nearing an eventual Topping/Distribution phase is when the housing market gets super-heated.  Yet, one of the most difficult aspects of this Excess Phase rally trend is that it can last many months or years, and usually longer than many people expect.

Until Gold Really Starts To Rally, Expect A Continued Rally In The Stock Market

When an Excess Phase rally is taking place in the stock market, we expect to see the Lumber vs. Gold ratio moving higher and typically see the RSI indicator stay above 50.  Demand for lumber, a commodity necessary for building, remodeling, and other consumer essential spending, translates well as an economic barometer for big-ticket consumer spending. Extreme peaks in this ratio can often warn of a pending shift in consumer spending and how the stock market reacts to an Excess Phase Peak.  Let’s take a look at some of the historical reference points on this longer-term Weekly Lumber vs. Gold chart below.

First, the 1992 to 2005 ratio levels represent a moderately low Gold price level compared to a somewhat inflated Lumber price level.  You can see how that dramatically changed between 2005 and 2012 – this was a time when Gold started a historic rally phase just before the Housing/Credit crisis of 2008-09.

Since that time, the Lumber to Gold ratio has stayed below historical low reference points (near 0.6).  This shift in the Lumber to Gold ratio suggests that demand for Gold outpaced demand for Lumber over the past 10+ years.  Now, the Lumber to Gold ratio is climbing back to levels near or above that 0.6 level and may soon move higher if the post-COVID economic recovery continues while demand for Gold stays somewhat muted.

Traders need to pay attention to this current rally in the Lumber vs. Gold ratio because a breakout rally above the 0.60 level would likely mean a continued rally phase for the US stock market and strong sector trending related to consumer spending, housing, and speculative sectors.  Whereas, a failure to rally above the 0.60 level at this stage may indicate that the US stock market will begin to stall and potentially move into a sideways correction before starting a new trend.

Lastly, we have drawn some Std Deviation channels on this longer-term Lumber to Gold Weekly chart above.  It is very important to understand that a continued rally in the Lumber to Gold ratio will break above the upper downward sloping channel from the 1999 peak and potentially prompt a big upside price rally – likely pushing the US stock market to extended new highs.

A Closer Look At The Current Setup

When we zoom into the current price trends on the following Lumber to Gold ratio chart below, we can clearly see the two recent rally trends; the first after the 2016 US elections and the second after the COVID-19 bottom.  The most important aspect of this chart right now is that any continued rally in the Lumber to Gold ratio may quickly breach the 0.60 historical range and potentially prompt a very big rally in the US stock market over the next few months.

The new COVID stimulus and the continued efforts to pass an Infrastructure Bill in the US Congress may prompt enough of a capital injection into the US economy to set off a “booster phase” rally at this stage in the economic recovery.  One simply can’t rely on the fact that the Lumber to Gold ratio is near a historically critical level, we need to actually wait to see confirmation of a breakdown in this trend before we can say what is likely to happen in the near future.  If the ratio climbs above 0.60 and continues to rally higher, then it is very likely that the US and Global stock market trends will also continue much higher.

Historical Peaks & Rallies – When To Be Concerned

This longer-term Lumber to Gold ratio chart shows how the SPY continued to rally through various stages of the rally in the ratio level. We also have to remember the peak in 2000 was related to two important economic events; the DOT COM bubble burst and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Subsequently, the breakdown in the Lumber to Gold ratio that started in 2004 was related to a broadly weakening housing market trend – prompted by an ever-increasing Fed Funds Rate which began in 2004-05.

Currently, we have the US Fed promising “near-zero” rates through 2022 and an easy money policy throughout that time to support stronger global market recovery.  Barring any unforeseen credit, economic, or global market event, we believe a breakout rally in the Lumber to Gold ratio, assuming Gold stays below $2250 and does not enter a breakout rally phase, will coincide with a moderately strong US stock market rally.

When should you start to be concerned that a top is setting up based on this ratio?

Very simply put, when you see Gold start to rally above $2150~$2250 and breakout into a true rally while the price of Lumber begins to fall somewhat sharply, then we believe traders should start to actively protect positions and prepare for a bigger breakdown in the stock market trend.  Until Gold starts to react as a proper hedge, this speculative “excess phase” rally will likely continue higher.

As a warning for all our friends and followers, a breakdown of this upside rally trend could be sudden if a major market event takes place.  For example, if a sudden collapse in the credit/debt markets were to happen (related to risk exposure or bank/financial firm failures), then we may see a very sudden breakdown in this ratio.  Additionally, if war or geopolitical economic tensions break out where excessive global risks become a factor, then we may also see this ratio turn negative quickly.

Traders need to understand the potential for a continued stock market rally near these current levels is quite strong, but there are still risks of a sudden breakdown in trending.  The question that nobody can answer is “what will the catalyst event be and when could it happen?”. Until then, trade the hottest sectors using my Best Asset Now strategy, which you can learn NOW by signing up for my FREE webinar that will teach you how to find the best sectors to trade.

Until the end of the trend is upon us, get ready for some really interesting global market trends and sector opportunities.  It is very likely that volatility will stay higher than normal prompting 2% to 4%+ rotations in market trends.  These next few years are going to be a trader’s dream market in terms of trending and price rotation.

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Possible Precious Metals Miners Breakout Rally – Wait Confirmation

Precious Metals have continued to slide sideways as the US stock markets have rallied into the FOMC meeting last week.  Not by coincidence, metals have continued to base/bottom near recent lows as concerns about the global debt/credit markets, central banks, and precious metal supplies continue to linger.  The US Fed indicated it will do whatever is necessary to support the recovering economy.  The question my research team asks in relation to the basis for a move in metals/miners is “do the global markets believe the global central banks still have control of the underlying global banking/credit markets well enough to prevent another massive rally in metals?”.

This question should be first and foremost for metals precious metals enthusiasts.  Recently, there has been quite a bit of concern related to a Silver Squeeze and COMEX deliveries.  Currently, there is some speculation that the Perth Mint has a very limited supply of physical metals on hand and nearly 60x that amount on their balance sheets.  We’re no expert related to this lack of physical inventory, but if it is true, then a breakout rally in metals (a true metals SQUEEZE) could be just days or weeks away.

Wait For Confirmation Of Miners Bullish Breakout

The charts we are including in this article suggest “Wait For Breakout Confirmation” because we believe the current technical/price setup may prompt a bit of an extended bottoming formation.  If and when the breakout in miners happens, the upside price move could be very quick and efficient.

The Weekly NUGT chart, below, shows how well price has consolidated near the $51 level and how the extended downside trend line (originating from the 2016 peak) aligns with the current price level.  Our researchers believe once this trend line is breached to the upside, NUGT may attempt a rally to levels above $108, the 0.618 Fibonacci Price Extension level, fairly quickly (possibly within 3 to 6+ months).  The $146 target level, a full 100% Fibonacci measured move, would represent a massive +167% price rally in NUGT (if it happens).  Quite literally, this breakout setup could be very explosive if and when it happens.

Junior Silver Miners Showing Stronger Support – Waiting For Breakout Confirmation

The following Weekly SILJ Junior Silver Miners chart shows a different type of price setup.  Junior Silver Miners have held up much stronger than Gold Miners over the past 6 months.  The reported Silver Squeeze could prompt a really big breakout trend IF and WHEN the current Pennant/Flag formation completes (which appears to be only a few weeks away).

The first (0.618) Fibonacci target is near $20.50 – a 40% increase from current price levels.  The second target, a100% Fibonacci measured move, is near $25.25 – a 74% increase from current price levels.  Ideally, this type of breakout move in Metals Miners will happen as a pause in the upward movement of the US Dollar takes place.

I believe the US stock market will continue to rally 4% to 8%, or more, over the next (3 to 5+) few weeks.  After that, we may start to see more weakness in the US stock market and the price trends leading up to this period of weakness is where we think Metals and Miners may start to rally.

Again, we need to wait for confirmation of these breakout moves.  The technical/price setup we are seeing in both NUGT and SILJ suggests a potential breakout move may happen within the next 2 to 5+ weeks. There could be a deeper downside price move, a washout price low, that happens as the APEX of this move completes.  It is not uncommon for a “washout” trend to happen near a Flag/Pennant APEX.

Overall, the next few weeks in the markets suggest we are likely to see fairly big sector trends and moderately strong support for Metals and Miners.  The strength of the US Dollar will likely keep metals from attempting any type of breakout move for a few more weeks.  When the Metals/Miners breakout move starts, though, it could be VERY EXPLOSIVE.

Don’t miss the opportunities to profit from the broad market sector rotations we expect, which will be an incredible year for traders of my Best Asset Now (BAN) strategy.  You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and profit from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets.

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Chris Vermeulen
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Have Commodities Peaked? We doubt it

While everyone was paying attention to the FOMC, Gold & Silver, and the Treasury Yields, it appears the recent commodity rally trend took a big hit on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  Our guess is that the FOMC statement did nothing to support the continued commodity price rally as the US Fed continued with near-zero interest rates and economic support through 2023.  The rally in commodities was likely based on expectations of a much stronger economic recovery as the COVID vaccines take the pressure off economic shutdowns and further restrictive economic conditions, but that may not be the case.

Commodities Rollover May Be Misleading Traders

The rollover in commodities suggests the markets are reacting to renewed expectations, post-FOMC.  They may continue to consolidate near support (near $16.30) before attempting to move higher as traders digest the Fed comments and fall back into economic recovery expectations.  Any move below $16.00 as seen on the chart below may likely prompt a consolidation phase within historical support channels (see the Weekly DBC chart below).

Commodities Attempting to Base Near Support

The following weekly DBC chart shows how the COVID-19 event collapsed commodity prices and how they’ve just recently rallied back to levels above the pre-COVID price range – above $15.00. When we start to look at longer-term trends, we start to see a number of key price levels that become important technical factors related to future trends.  The support levels that setup in 2019, pre-COVID, are still very valid current support levels for commodities.  If a continued economic recovery takes place, DBC will likely find support above $15 and then begin another rally phase targeting prices above $19 to $20.  This current rollover in commodity prices may be nothing more than a pause in price before another rally starts.

Commodities Break Major Monthly Price Channel

Lastly, looking at the Monthly DBC chart, below, highlights the very long-term price trends and what becomes immediately evident is that price has recently broken above the RED downward sloping price channel line. The momentum of the price rally that recently broke this downward price channel was strong enough to pierce this downward sloping channel – and it would not be uncommon for price to pause after this price breach.  The YELLOW support levels, from the weekly DBC chart, continue to confirm the $15 to $16 as active support.  Any price rotation or pause near this level will likely hold within this support range before attempting another move higher.

We targeted price lows from 2012~2014 as a potential upside price target if the rally phase continues.  After breaking the major downward sloping price trend, it is very likely that once DBC prices rally above $18.50, a continued rally phase may target the $25 price level with an extended run over many months.

Historically, a rally in commodities does not always prompt a rally in the US major indexes.  In 2007~08, commodities rallied extensively while the US stock market collapsed.  In 2010~11, commodities rallied as the US stock market rallied more than 27%.  In 2016~2018, commodities rallied as the US stock market rallied more than 62%.  The current breakout above the RED longer-term price channel suggests we may see a stock market rally aligned with a commodity price rally based on the recent comments by the US Fed.  Unless a major credit market or other catastrophic event takes place, we believe this upward trend in commodities may prompt an extended recovery rally in both commodities and the US stock market.

Don’t miss the opportunities to profit from the broad market sector rotations we expect this year, which will be an incredible year for traders of my Best Asset Now (BAN) strategy.  You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and manage positions for maximum profits from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets, and this year we see a change in leading sectors taking place from what they were last year.

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How to Stop Being Scared or Shaken Out Of Winning Trades

The markets really frightened a lot of people in the last month. We’ve received lots of emails and comments from people wondering what’s happening in the markets and why the deeper downtrend didn’t prompt new trade triggers.  Well, the quick answer is “this downtrend did prompt new BAN trade  triggers and this pullback is still quite mild compared to historical examples”.  Allow me to explain my thinking.

The recent FOMC meeting as well as the expiration of the future contracts usually prompts some broad market concerns.  Many professional traders refuse to trade over the 7+ days near an FOMC meeting – the volatility levels are usually much higher and this can throw some trading strategies into chaos. Our BAN Trader Pro strategy handles volatility quite well most of the time.

Recently, the BAN Trader Pro strategy initiated new trade triggers of subscribers and myself.  Our members are engaged in the best-performing assets for the potential upside price rally that may take place over the next couple of months.  Our strategies target opportunities based on proven quantitative technology – not emotions and use proven position management to maximize gains while reducing drawdowns.

Transportation Index Daily Chart Is Bullish

This leading index shows early strength in the market with an upside target of $14,668. That is a 3.5%-4.5% upside move ahead of us.

Recently, we’ve seen some substantial support in the Transportation Index that aligns with our BAN Trader Pro strategy.  The rally in the Transportation Index, which usually leads the US economy by at least 2 to 4 months, suggests the markets are actively seeking out a support level/momentum base for another rally phase.

Using a Fibonacci Extension tool, we can clearly see the TRAN has another 3.5% to 4.5% to rally before reaching the 100% measured move target near $14,668.  This level represents a full 100% rally phase equaling the initial rally from levels near $12,000 which started back in February 2021.

Dow Jones Industrial Index Daily Chart is Bullish

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has already reached the 100% Fibonacci Measured move – and broken above that level.  If the markets rally from this recent pullback, we believe a 4% to 5%+ rally in the Dow index is very possible.  This type of bullish price trend suggests a target level near $34,000.

One thing, many traders fail to consider is these 4% to 5% rallies in the Transportation Index and/or the Dow Jones Industrial Average will likely prompt an 8% to 20%+ rally in some of the best-performing assets/sectors.  For example, after the bottom in early February, during a time when the index rallied less than 1%, the best-performing assets we tracked rallied more than 7% to 25%.  The strength of these top-performing sectors/symbols can be very powerful – even while the US major indexes are drifting sideways.

If the Transportation and Dow Index rally 4% or more over the next few weeks, then some of the best performing sectors will strong gains in our favor.  It depends on how strong these top-performing sectors react to the underlying momentum associated with each symbol though.

How to Avoid Emotional Trading Decisions

Trading based on emotions can lead to early, and sometimes foolish, entry and exits of positions.  The market has a way of faking/shaking price which often prompt traders to react to the 2% to 4% swings in the markets as if they are catastrophic. Some of the best advice we can offer active traders other than becoming part of our trading group and pre-market analysis and trade alerts are…

_  Trust your system/strategy and follow it from entry to exit trigger.
_  Define your risks and run the strategy efficiently
_  Develop ways to identify and resolve strategy failure early and often
_  Trading involves risks – learn to execute the strategy within your risk parameters (position sizing)
_  Don’t let emotions control you. Trade rules should protect you during high & low volatility conditions.

If you don’t have a strategy and can’t see yourself sticking to these simple rules, then maybe it is time to find a better strategy or to attempt to develop some of these tactics into your existing strategy. You can follow me to success with my ETF Swing Trading Strategy, or our Options Trading Strategy at any time if you want all the work done for you.

Far too many people get lucky with a strategy then leverage their trading because they feel they will never fail.  Failure of any strategy, often represented as the largest drawdown amount, should be multiplied by at least 3x when comparing risks.  Just because your strategy showed one period of drawdown representing a -$5,500 loss does not mean that type of price activity is an isolated event.  That type of drawdown could happen repeatedly, over a very short period of time, representing a -$16,500 loss.

The strongest strategy components are those that help to contain losses, manage risks and allow for the protection of capital.  Remember, “living to trade another day” is far more important than huge gains off of one or two trades followed by a string he big losers that blow up your account.

In closing, get ready for a recovery in stock prices. With the indexes poised to move higher by another 3.5% – 5% before reaching the next 100% measured move suggests some sectors will post spectacular gains. Don’t let emotions dictate your decisions – run your strategy (or find a better strategy to trade with).  The best performing sectors/symbols usually continue to outperform the US major indexes when trending higher.

Don’t miss the opportunities in the broad market sectors over the next 6+ months.  2021 and beyond are going to be incredible years for traders and investors.  Staying ahead of these sector trends is going to be key to developing continued success.  As some sectors fail, others will begin to trend higher.  Learn how BAN Trader Pro can help you spot the best trade setups and deliver alerts to your phone and inbox.

We’ve built this technology to help us identify the strongest and best trade setups in any market sector.  Every day, we deliver these setups to our subscribers along with the BAN Trader Pro system trades.  You owe it to yourself to see how simple it is to trade 30% to 40% of the time to generate incredible results.

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Chris Vermeulen
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www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

After The Fed Week – What’s Next? Part II

In the first part of this research article, we shared more detail related to the Excess Phase Peak technical pattern that is setting up in the NASDAQ and to highlight the validity of our Gann/Fibonacci Technical research which suggested a peak in the markets may set up sometime after April 1, 2021.  We’ve received many questions and comments from our readers and followers related to these articles.  Many people seem to believe we are calling for an April 1 market peak based on this research, yet the technical patterns we are highlighting suggest a longer-term market peak may already be setting up.

In this second part of our more detailed “what next” article, my research team and I will highlight exactly why we believe traders and investors need to be prepared for an extended technical topping pattern and how it will likely set up over the next 60 to 90+ days.  Let’s continue our research from Part I and go into more detail related to this technical setup.

In Part I, we focused on the NASDAQ and how the recent downside price rotation may align with our Gann/Fibonacci research as well as align with the “Excess Phase Topping pattern” highlighted in our November 2020 research.  Now, we’re going to focus on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and our Custom US Stock Market Index showing how these two market sectors have yet to react like the NASDAQ already has.

Dow Jones Has Yet To Break Key Price Channel

Looking at the chart below, we can see that the INDU has yet to break the YELLOW upward price trend line.  We  have not seen price move below this support channel yet, thus we don’t have any confirmation that a weakening in price trend is taking place.  In fact, recently the INDU has rallied higher over the last few weeks as capital has shifted away from the NASDAQ and into various other sectors.

Next, we believe the INDU still has another 3% to 5% to rally further before reaching the GREEN 1.618% Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arc on the chart below.  This suggests the INDU may continue to rally a bit further before reaching resistance while the NASDAQ may attempt a more moderate price rally within the sideways (#B) Flagging channel.  This setup suggests the INDU and SPY have not yet reacted to price weakness like the NASDAQ already has.

We’ve drawn a MAGENTA line on this chart highlighting what we believe a “technical breakdown” in price will look like for the INDU.  First, a rollover top sets up, prompting a downward price trend to set up the sideways Flagging trend.  After 4 to 8+ weeks of sideways Flagging, a broad downtrend will take place where price will fall -10% to -15% – targeting the CYAN support level near $29,000.  Much like the NASDAQ, this critical support level is the last line of defense before a bigger breakdown in price may occur – possibly resulting in a very deep price correction.

Custom US Stock Market Index Chart Mirrors INDU

This final Custom US Stock Market Index Weekly chart, below, shows a similar type of setup as the INDU.  These Custom Index charts are tools we use to help gauge the overall market trends and possible technical setups.  They help to normalize price trends and variances between the major US indexes and provide a different perspective of price on a chart.

The first thing we notice when looking at this chart is that the Custom US Stock Market Index has yet to break the YELLOW upward price channel – just like the INDU chart.  Secondly, we can see the Custom US Stock Market Index chart is much closer to the heavy MAGENTA Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arc than the INDU chart is – this suggests there may only be a 3% to 5% upside potential left in the markets related to any potential rally attempt.  Readers need to understand this does not mean that markets are limited to +3% to +5% at this stage – many sectors may trend +10% or more while the Custom US Stock Market Index chart rallies only 1.5% or so.

The stock market is a “market of stocks” – not a single entity related to the Custom US Stock Market Index chart.  Therefore, we may see various rally ranges in various sectors while we see more muted trends in some of these major indexes.

The last thing we want to point out on this chart is the Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arc that originates from February 2020 (pre-COVID-19 highs).  It appears there is a high likelihood of a weakening uptrend on this chart after April 15, 2021.  It also appears there is a likely APEX inflection point near May 5 through May 10.  This APEX in price may become a key date for a potential breakdown in the trend on this Custom US Stock Market Index chart.

Overall, what we are seeing on this chart is that we have yet to break below the YELLOW upward price trend line and we are nearing the key Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arc levels – this suggests the markets may be nearing a period of consolidation and/or weakening upward price trending. The key to all of these setups is the process of the Excess Phase Peak setup – where price must complete the four phases (A through D) before finally attempting a larger breakdown event (#E).

Additionally, traders should stay keenly aware that various sectors will likely continue to trend in wide ranges with varying degrees of trend slopes while this extended pattern continues to setup.  On this Custom US Stock Market Index chart, we are suggesting that the #C breakdown event (targeting #D), may take place in July or August 2021.  This suggests we have about 3+ months of rotational sideways trending to navigate before the extended Excess Phase Peak #C breakdown event takes place.

As these trends continue to setup, we want you to understand how various opportunities for trend will continue to setup over the next few months in various sectors and indexes.  These price rotations will likely prompt 8% to 25% price trends in a number of the best performing sectors and symbols.  The key to finding and targeting this success is to know which sectors/trends are have the highest probability for success.  That is what our Best Asset Now strategy does for us – it shows us when to engage with the market trends and which assets are the best performing assets to invest in.

For those who believe in the power of trading on relative strength, market cycles, and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day then my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service does all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my premium subscribers.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Have a great week!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

After The FOMC – What’s Next?

I have received numerous emails and questions regarding the market’s set up and what to expect after the Triple-Witching event (FOMC, Futures/Options expiration) last week.  It appears many traders/investors are seeking some clarity related to price trends and the potential opportunities that are setting up in the US markets right now.  In this research article, my research team and I provide some greater detail related to what we believe is likely to happen over the next 5 to 8+ weeks.

Our recent Gann/Fibonacci research article drew quite a bit of attention from readers.  Their biggest concern was that we were suggesting a major peak in the markets could setup in early April 2021.  We want to be clear about this longer term market setup to make sure our readers and followers fully understand the implications of this technical pattern.

A peak/top could start to setup anytime after April 1, 2021, based on the Gann/Fibonacci research we’ve completed.  But, that peak/top setup could also happen anytime between April 2021 and August 2021 (or slightly later).  Timing this pattern is not something we can accomplish very easily as the range of dates where this Gann/Fibonacci inflection level exists consists of about 5+ months.  The one key factor we continued to stress in that article was to “watch for a technical breakdown in price above the $379 to $380 price level on the SPY”.  Many readers may be able to comprehend what we are trying to say by this statement, but we’ll try to help clarify it by showing what it would look like on a price chart.

Back in November 2020, we published a research article about how to spot an Excess Phase Top and the 5 unique phases that take place when this type of top executes.  It is important to understand how capital continues to seek out opportunities within any market trend and how the current shift away from the NASDAQ and into the Dow Jones, Russell 2000 and other various sectors has started to shift the way the markets are reacting right now.  We are seeing more weakness in the Technology and Internet sector now than we’ve seen in almost a decade.  This could be setting up the first technical patterns of an Excess Phase Top already.

Monthly NQ Chart Shows Excess Phase Top May Already Have Started

The following Monthly NASDAQ chart highlights the five unique stages of an Excess Phase Peak and shows the recent weakness in the NASDAQ price trend may have already started the Phase B (Price Flagging) stage.  Within this phase, price trends moderately higher for many weeks as weakness in the bullish price trend sets up a “rollover” type of peak.  Obviously, the previous excess phase rally is stalling and traders are not yet fully aware of the risks that may continue to be present if this pattern persists.  This Phase C (Breakdown of the Flagging pattern) would prompt a move to intermediate support, which will likely become the Critical support level in the NQ that may prompt the bigger Breakdown event(See the “D” setup).

So, what would price activity look like if our research is correct?  How does this translate into opportunity for traders/investors right now and what should they look for in the future?

Expect Many Weeks of Flagging In The NQ

Let’s focus on the Weekly NQ Futures chart, below, and how the price has already set up into a potential sideways Bullish Flagging trend.  The first thing we want you to focus on is the broken YELLOW bullish trend line.  We would expect any continued sideways Flagging trend to trade within the CYAN price channels we’ve drawn on this chart.  If this happens, we should continue to expect some moderate upside price trending throughout the sideways Flagging price channel before a bigger breakdown in price happens (as we’ve drawn in MAGENTA).  This is why traders and investors need to fully understand the scope of our Gann/Fibonacci research article and to understand this setup may last into July/August of 2021 before finally entering a deeper downside price trend.

If our research is correct, the sideways Flagging trend will prompt a moderate upside price trend for many weeks (possibly 4 to 8+) before a moderate breakdown event will see price levels fall -12% to -16% – targeting #D (the critical support level).  At that point, the trend may firm up near support and begin a moderate upside price trend for many weeks or months; or we may see a technical price bounce near this level before a more immediate breakdown of price takes place.  Either way, the Breakdown Zone is where we would consider a “technical price failure” to have confirmed – validating our Gann/Fibonacci peak prediction.

Currently, numerous sectors are generating new bullish trend triggers – many of which have already rallied 20 to 40% or more.  As we suggested earlier, the shift in how capital is being deployed in the markets has prompted various sectors,many of which have been overlooked over the past 12+ months,  to really begin to accelerate higher.  This is because the froth near the peak in the NASDAQ, as well as the new geopolitical landscape, has prompted traders/investors to shift focus into new opportunities in sectors they believe have continued growth opportunities.  For example, the Marijuana, Consumer Discretionary, Infrastructure and Real Estate sectors appear to be entering new bullish trends while the Technology, Healthcare, BioTech and Chip Manufacturers appear to be stalling.

What this means for traders/investors is that there is still lots of opportunity to trade the best opportunities in the markets.  This is the focus of my BAN trading Strategy.  Until we see a confirmed technical breakdown in the major markets, various sectors continue to present very strong opportunities for skilled technical traders.Don’t miss the opportunities to profit from the broad market sector rotations we expect this year, which will be an incredible year for traders of my Best Asset Now (BAN) strategy.

Learning to profit from these bigger trends and sector rotation will make a big difference between success and failure.  We want to be clear, we are not calling for an April 1 peak in the markets based on our Gann/Fibonacci research.  We are suggesting that a bigger “topping” pattern is already setting up in the markets and skilled technical traders should already be preparing for underlying risks related to this technical pattern.  If you are not prepared for this, then please pay attention and learn from our research. You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and profit from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets.

In Part II of this research article, we’ll attempt to share more information about the Excess Phase Peak setup that may be setting up in the US markets and what to watch out for.  Additionally, we’ll take a look at the Dow Jones Industrial chart to compare the NASDAQ setup to the INDU setup.  Where we are seeing weakness in the NASDAQ right now, the Dow Jones Industrial chart appears to show a much stronger price trend right now.

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Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Are We Days Away From Potential Gann/Fibonacci Price Peak?

We have received many emails from members and readers asking us to follow-up on our December 30, 2020, Gann/Fibonacci research article entitled “Price Amplitude Arcs/Gann Suggest A Major Peak in Early April 2021 – Part II”.  In that article, my research team suggested a major price peak may set up in early April 2021.  Now we are only a few weeks away from the start of April and we believe the US major indexes have already started to make their move related to the Gann/Fibonacci peak prediction.  Let’s review our original research and then take a look at what is happening on the charts right now.

Revisiting Our Gann Price/Time Arc Research

In our original article, I highlighted how Gann price arcs and time elements, when duplicated from the 2009 bottom and anchored to the 2016 lows, aligned quite well with the pullbacks in 2018, 2020. It also predicted an April 2021 Gann Arc which could represent a moderately big price correction in the future.  The following weekly SPY chart from our original article highlights these technical setups.  What may be difficult to see on this chart are the Gann Price/Time arcs. The fist one originates at the low of 2009 and extends to the peak in 2016. The second one is a duplicate of the first and is aligned at the low of 2016.

What we found interesting in this technical pattern is that the original move from the bottom in 2009 seemed to replicate in Gann structure after the lows in 2016.  If our research is correct, then a broad market correction may start in late March 2021 or in early April 2021 (near the downward MAGENTA lines on the right side of this chart).

As we revisit that chart, on a Monthly bar basis, we can clearly see how the rally in the SPY has prompted a price trend above the CYAN line – which we warned about in our original article:

“You can also see our proprietary Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arcs drawn on the chart above.  We believe these are aligned with price energy frequencies and help us to understand where and when price inflection points may occur.  It may be difficult for you to see the multiple Fibonacci Price Amplitude Arcs that align near the current price high, but there are three unique Fibonacci Price Amplitude arcs spanning this peak:

1. The $373.92 Arc aligning from the February 18, 2020 peak

2. The $370.30 Arc aligning from the March 23, 2020 bottom

3. The $364.04 Arc aligning from the March 20, 2000 peak

We believe it is important to see how price reacts to the current potential peak setup after reaching the CYAN upward sloping price channel/line near these inflection points.  If price fails to establish any support above the $379~380 price level on the SPY, then a technical failure will have set up – likely prompting a moderately strong downside price trend in the near future.“

Gann Price/Time Arcs Applied to Current SPY Chart

In the original article we warned that any failure of price above the support level of $379~380 may prompt a technical price failure.  Currently, the SPY is trading near $397.40 and Treasury Yields have started to move higher, a warning that the markets may be under-pricing risks. Additionally, Gold and Silver continue to stay somewhat strong near recent support.  Depending on how the markets interpret the FOMC outcome and perceive future risks, the current price level in the SPY is primed for our Gann price/time event.

One key element of the following Monthly SPY chart is the current price rally, after the COVID-19 peak in February 2020, and the moderately flat movement of the RSI indicator (in the lower pane). This suggests “divergence” between the current price peak and the movement in the RSI indicator – another component that suggests the Gann/Fibonacci price/time peak may be valid.

Gann Price/Time Arcs Applied to Our Smart Cash Index

If we search for evidence to help substantiate our original research using similar tools, we can see the Smart Cash Index, one of our proprietary custom index charts, also shares similar Gann price/time alignments.  The Monthly Smart Cash Index chart, below, originates a Gann Arc at the 2009 lows and duplicates that Gann Arc originating at the 2016 lows (just like the charts above).  We can see the current price activity, which has recently reached new all-time highs, also aligns with a Gann price/time Arc (highlighted by MEGENTA Lines near the right edge of the chart).

If our analysis is accurate, these cross-symbol alignments in price and Gann Arcs may prompt a fairly big rotation in the markets related to unexpected risks.  We can’t be certain what will prompt this move in terms of news events, credit risks or other global events, bet we do know that a higher likelihood of this event taking place exists because historically the alignment of these Gann and Fibonacci price arcs have proven to generate broad market price inflection points.

Take a look at this Custom Smart Index chart and where the Gann Arcs appeared in the past.  Peaks in price happen near, within or just after these Gann Arcs on this chart with a high degree of predictability.  Should we ignore the warning of an early April 2021 potential peak right now?  My research team and I believe traders/investors should stay keenly aware of the risks ahead and watch for signs of any continued market weakness over the next 15+ days.

Gann Price/Time Arcs Applied to Precious Metals

This last Custom Precious Metals Index Monthly Chart, below, shares similar Gann price/time arcs – although on this chart I used the low in late 2015 as the origination point and carried the Gann arcs out to the high in 2020. Then, I duplicated that arc and applied it to the low price in mid 2018 to see how it aligned with current price trends.  Amazingly, the Gann arcs overlapped almost perfectly.

What my team found interesting on this Custom Precious Metals chart was how the overlapping Gann arcs helped to define the contraction price ranges in price.  Nearly every downward price trend on this chart aligns almost perfectly with the Gann price/time arch and the duplicated Gann arcs apply very nicely to the rally in metals from mid-2018 onward.  Even the peak in 2020 and the recent lows in 2021 align perfectly with these Gann price/time arcs and suggest a recovery in precious metals is pending.

The divergence in the RSI indicator, on the bottom pane, suggests this recent low is likely to end soon with a new upward price trend in precious metals.  Ideally, we would watch for it to rally back above the current BLUE Gann price/time arc and attempt to move above the $480 level on this Custom Precious Metals Index chart. When metals are moving higher in this manner, it suggests the US major indexes and the US Dollar may be weaker overall.

After a careful review of the original research article and the current chart setups/content, we still believe an early April 2021 peak may setup in the markets and may prompt a moderate downside price rotation.  There are a number of elements that continue to drive some concern right now – US Fed actions, Treasury Yields, Commodity Prices and the strength/weakness of the US Dollar.

Even though we are not going to attempt to predict what may cause this moderate downside price event to begin to take place near early April 2021, we will suggest that it will likely be preceded by a rise in precious metals (as traders/investors attempt to shield themselves from risks) and/or a broader concern in the credit/debt markets which may prompt Treasuries and/or Repo rates to skyrocket.

The rally in the markets above the CYAN line on the first two charts above suggests the markets have entered an excess/parabolic price phase – a super-bull trend.  It is very uncommon for any stock market to enter this type of price phase and stay in this mode for extended periods of time.  Price normally reacts by entering “pullback phases” which shake out weaker positions, revalue price levels and allow the markets to attempt another bullish trend.

We have not really seen a moderate pullback in the price trend since the COVID-19 collapse or the 2018/2019 price corrections.  All the other recent pullbacks in this rally have been very brief price contractions.  With the US Fed attempting to “clear a path” for further economic recovery and attempting to wash away market concerns, both active traders and longer-term investors should prepare for even more volatility and bigger price swings in any eventual outcome.

If the markets do fail near our Gann arcs, then we may see a bigger downside move in the US major markets sometime after April 1, 2021.  If they don’t fail to break lower in April 2021, then the “everything bubble” will likely continue to rally higher.  These are very exciting times for traders and investors! What we expect to see is not the same type of market trend that we have experienced over the past 8+ years – this is a completely different set of market dynamics. Don’t miss the opportunities in the broad market sectors in 2021, which will be an incredible year for traders of the BAN strategy.  You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and profit from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets.

For those who believe in the power of trading on relative strength, market cycles, and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day then my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service does all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my premium subscribers.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Happy Trading!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Are The US Markets Sending A Warning Sign?

After an incredible rally phase that initiated just one day before the US elections in November 2020, we’ve seen certain sectors rally extensively.  Are the markets starting to warn us that this rally phase may be stalling?  We noticed very early that some of the strongest sectors appear to be moderately weaker on the first day of trading this week.  Is it because of Triple-Witching this week (Friday, March 19, 2021)?  Or is it because the Treasury Yields continue to move slowly higher?  What’s really happening right now and should traders/investors be cautious?

The following XLF Weekly chart shows how the Financial sector rallied above the upper YELLOW price channel, which was set from the 2018 and pre COVID-19 2020 highs.  Early 2021 was very good for the financial sector overall, we saw a 40%+ rally in this over just 6 months on expectations that the US economy would transition into a growth phase as the new COVID vaccines are introduced.

We are also concerned about an early TWEEZERS TOP pattern that has set up early this week.  If price continues to move lower as we progress through futures contract expiration week, FOMC, and other data this week, then we may see some strong resistance setting up near $35.25.  Have the markets gotten ahead of themselves recently?  Could we be setting up for a moderately deeper pullback in price soon?

The following SSO, ProShares S&P 500 ETF Weekly chart, shows a similar setup.  Although the rally in the SSO is not quite the same range as the XLF, we are seeing a solid TWEEZERS TOP pattern setup on the SSO chart over a period of many weeks.  We also found the moderate weakness in the US indexes interesting this morning.  Last week, we continued to see very strong buying trends.  Today, we see those trends have almost vanished.  Are the markets setting near highs waiting for some announcement or news to push them into a new trend?

The US stock markets have not experienced a moderate price pullback since August 2020 – when the SPY pulled back almost 11%.  Volatility is still quite high with 2% to 3%+ swings between trading days.  A moderate pullback from these levels could represent another -8.5% to -14% decline before true support is found.

Watching the Yields, Precious Metals, and the moderate weakness in trend that started this trading week, we can only suggest that active traders/investors remain moderately cautious.  Our BAN Trader Pro strategy is currently 100% CASH (no trades) for a reason.  Pay attention to this rotation in the markets and the moderate weakness recently.

Don’t miss the opportunities to profit from the broad market sector rotations we expect this year, which will be an incredible year for traders of my Best Asset Now (BAN) strategy.  You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and profit from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets.

For those who believe in the power of trading sectors that show relative strength and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day, let my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service do all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my BAN Trader Pro subscribers.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Have a great week!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Stimulus and Consumers, Keys to Further US/Global Economic Recovery – Part II

This is a continuation of our extended technical review of what my research team and I believe will be required for the US/Global markets to enter a stronger post-COVID-19 recovery phase. If you missed Part I of this research series then you can find it here: www.thetechnicaltraders.com/stimulus-and-consumers-are-the-keys-to-further-us-global-economic-recovery-part-i/.

In this Part II, we will look at how potential currency shifts will prompt new trending in various economic sectors.   The past 20+ years have really changed how the markets operate from a standpoint of capital deployment and capital function.  We certainly live in interesting times from a trader and investor perspective. There is more capital floating around the globe right now than ever before… and that changes certain things.

The Components Of A Frenzied Global Market

The first and most notable change is to create volatility at levels we have really never seen before.  The average daily price range on the QQQ or SPY charts is more than 3x historical price range levels.  This simple fact shows that a 1% price range, which used to be considered a moderately large price range for the price to move, is now considered a below normal range.  This new level of volatility has applied to many of the largest SPY and NASDAQ-related stock symbols over the past few years as capital was deployed into various sectors with increasing speed and volition.

The US and global central banks have continued to deploy easy money policies since the 2008-09 Housing/Credit crisis which has perpetuated a Roaring-20s type of mentality throughout the world.  Even though we could point out certain nations that are underperforming economically, generally the world has seen an unprecedented rise in credit, debt, and associated spending capabilities over the past 10+ years.  This level of unusual economic expansion comes with certain consequences, similar to the expansion that led up to the 2008-09 Housing/Credit crisis.

It also has to be noted that COVID-19 has really altered the way consumers are engaging in the economy right now.  Online, stay-at-home, avoid outside risks type of activities have really become the new normal. Many sociologists continue to suggest consumers may be slower to move back into old economic habits (pre-COVID-19 spending habits).  This change in how people perceive risks and adopt new economic processes will likely lead to a rise in digital productivity, the adoption of technology solutions, and a change of spending habits, which could prompt a much bigger transition for certain market sectors that have been overlooked recently.

One thing that has certainly benefited from COVID-19 is the number of new investors/traders plying their skills (and hard-earned cash) in the markets.  We’ve never seen anything like this explosive growth in retail market participation over the past 20+ years.  The closest we’ve come to this level of retail trader participation in the equities and financial markets was in 1998~99 during the height of the DOT COM bubble.  This incredible consumer participation in the global equities trends/trading has helped propel many US major indexes/sectors to incredible heights – and it may not end any time soon.

The following Monthly ratio chart, comparing the growth in the QQQ, SPY, and GOLD since January 1, 2009 (the anchor price) highlights how the frenzy of investing really started to accelerate after 2012 and began to move into a parabolic trend in 2016.  If you follow the MAGENTA QQQ ratio after the vertical dateline on this chart, you will see how early 2017 started a dramatic acceleration in volatility and trending as the QQQ accelerated higher by more than +186%.  Meanwhile, the SPY, which was somewhat overlooked throughout this rally phase, moved higher by only +85%.

Where is the Consumer?  Has The Consumer Really Retreated Because Of COVID-19?

One prime example of this frenzy is this recent Yahoo! Finance story about burned Banksy Art which sold for over $390,000 as a Non-Fungible Token. The idea that anyone would buy a burned piece of art for this price shows that money has turned into a game for some people.  The gamification of wealth has likely transitioned into global social thinking in ways that we have not even considered yet.

Even though we’ve highlighted how the global equity/financial markets have rallied considerably over the past 5+ years, we still need to see the consumer reenter the economy in a more traditional sense. This M1 Velocity of Money chart shows that after the 2009 peak, the velocity of money, the rate at which money is exchanged within an economy, has collapsed to levels we have not seen in 60+ years, and quite possibly below levels relative to the Great Depression (1930s).

So, what’s happening in the world right now to present these types of charts/data?  How can the world be flush with capital/cash and the data show that the consumer is still actively engaged in purchasing various items, which include very active engagement in the global equity markets and speculative trading positions, while the M1 Velocity of Money data shows an incredible collapse after COVID-19 hit?

The answer is simple.  The US Federal Reserve has pushed more cash into the global economy over the past 10+ years than at any time in history (more than $16 Trillion since 2009).  Prior to that date the total amount of capital/debt the US Fed only pushed a total of $10.6 Trillion into the economy over a 40-year time span.  There is nearly 3x the total number of US dollars floating around the globe right now than at any time since prior to the 1950s.

Eventually, we are certain that, this extended cash will translate into GDP growth – which will strengthen the Velocity of Money ratio over time.  What it will take is for the economy and the consumer to transition into a new form of expansion related to the post-COVID-19/post Technology euphoria that is currently taking place.

Over the next 20 to 30+ years, we are going to see some very big trends in various sectors and commodities.  The global central banks have pushed so much capital out into the world that, once it finds its true economic purpose, we believe the function of this capital will be deployed into various economic components in ways we have not even considered yet.  New industry, new forms of consumer products, and consumer participation will likely evolve where capital can be put to use to improve the GDP levels.  Cryptos may be the start, a stepping stone, toward a much more dynamic solution for how capital is used and deployed within the global marketplace.

For those who believe in the power of trading sectors that show relative strength and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day, let my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service do all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my BAN Trader Pro subscribers.

In Part III of this research article, my team and I will continue to explore the future possibilities and make some suggestions as to how you can prepare for these big trends right now.  Remember, this is a longer-term outlook of opportunities for traders/investors.  The real gains related to this research will come 5 to 10+ years out into the future if you are able to identify how and where capital is being deployed for gains.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Have a great day!

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

 

Stimulus And Consumers, Keys To US/Global Economic Recovery – Part I

At this point in our lives, we are hoping the new COVID-19 vaccines will do their part to help move the world towards more normal consumer and economic activities.  The US Senate recently a new $1.9 Trillion stimulus package that should continue to provide assistance to various levels of consumer, state governments, and corporate enterprises.  The next question in our mind is “what will the recovery look like if/when it happens?”.  We need to look at three critical components of the global economy to help answer this question: Consumer Activity, Debt, and Supply/Demand Functions.

Consumer activity makes up more than 60% of the US GDP.  It also drives money flow as consumers engage in economic activity, create credit for new purchases and help to balance the supply/demand equilibrium functioning properly.  The participation of the consumer within an economy is essential for a healthy growing economy.

WHERE ARE CONSUMERS NOW & WHERE WILL THEY BE IN THE FUTURE?

The US has passed more than $4 Trillion in COVID-19 stimulus over the past 12+ months.  At the same time, global central banks have also engaged in various easy money policies to spark global economic activity.  When we combine the efforts of world governments and central banks, we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of money deployed throughout the globe recently – and that money needs to find its purpose and use in the global economy quickly of the global economy is going to recover enough to spark a new wave of economic growth.

We believe two key components of consumer engagement are at play right now; investing/trading in the US and global markets and Real Estate.  Whereas US consumers have been reducing debt exposure on credit cards and tightening their spending in other ways, trading volumes in the stock market Indexes and ETFs have increased dramatically over the past 12 months.  Additionally, low supply and low interest rates have kept the US housing market active, in addition to the boost in activity from people moving to more rural areas as the work-from-home phenomenon settles into the new normal.

CASE-SHILLER HOME PRICE INDEX

This Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index chart, below shows how quickly home prices have rallied over the past 12 months. Just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this index was flattening.  Then the moratorium on foreclosures and extended assistance for homeowners pulled many homes back off the market in early 2020.  That reduced supply and prompted a rally in home prices across the US.

The assistance provided to these “at-risk” homeowners accomplished two very important economic benefits.  It eliminated a wave of new foreclosures (albeit possibly temporarily) and it prompted a seller’s market because supply had been constricted.  The result is that many homeowners witnessed a 6% to 10% increase in their home values over the last 12+ months.

DELINQUENCY RATES ON CONSUMER LOANS

Unlike in 2006-2008 when delinquency rates skyrocketed during the housing crisis, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delinquency rates collapsed to the lowest levels over the past 25+ years.  Consumers took their extra capital, stimulus checks, and federal assistance and used the past 12+ months to eliminate certain debts.  Even though we are starting to see an uptick in delinquency rates in Q4 2020, these levels would have to climb considerably before we get close to the levels before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This suggests that a broad spectrum of US consumers are in a much better economic position related to revolving debt, or credit card debt, than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.  If these consumers begin to engage in a new economic recovery by engaging in a healthy credit expansion, we may see a boost to certain sectors of the economy over the next 24 to 36+ months.

REAL PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES

Unlike many other indicators, Real Personal Consumption has risen past the pre-COVID-19 peak levels.  This suggests that consumers are still spending money on Durable Goods and are continuing to buy essential items to support their lifestyles and families.  Yes, there are a number of people that are unemployed or have transitioned to other types of work, but the stimulus efforts and extended unemployment assistance has translated into real consumer engagement for Durable Goods, as we can see from the chart below.

Remember, Durable Goods are not typically found at Grocery Stores or Walmart.  They are items that have extended life-cycles (greater than three years); such as cars, planes, trains, furniture, appliances, jewelry, and books.  This rise in Durable Goods suggests that a large segment of the US consumer is actively engaged in making bigger-ticket purchases recently – possibly as a result of buying a new home, transitioning away from traditional work environments, and/or repositioning family essentials in preparation for a post COVID-19 world.  This type of economic engagement may continue for many months forward.

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX – ALL URBAN CONSUMERS

The following Consumer Price Index chart shows that general consumer prices briefly dipped when COVID-19 hit in March 2020, but they have since rallied to new highs.  This is partially a result of the rise in home prices and rising commodity prices, which contribute to a rise in price levels for consumers.

All of this data is showing that the US consumer is actually much more economically healthy than consumers were in the midst of the 2007-08 housing crisis. The stimulus efforts and partial economic shutdown did result in a large number of displaced or disadvantaged consumers, but it also shows that many US consumers were able to quickly transition into a different type of economic environment with very little extended economic risks.

The new $1.9 Trillion stimulus package will offer even more assistance to consumers.  This new stimulus will be spent as new COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, suggesting the US is quickly moving away from extended risks related to the pandemic.  This means consumers will likely start attempting to go back to normal in certain ways.  Does this mean that the recovery efforts will strengthen the bullish price trend in the future and the US stock markets will continue to rally?

In our effort to better identify opportunities for traders and investors as the post-COVID-19 recovery unfolds, we will continue to identify various market sectors that my research team and I believe have a strong potential for increased bullish price trends.  All of the data we’ve presented so far suggests the US consumer is much healthier than many people consider and that many US consumers are still actively engaged in some type of work/income solution.  The only reason why housing, durable goods, CPI, and other economic indicators continue to rise is because US consumers are actively engaged in buying/consuming bigger, durable goods.  This suggests the new $1.9 Trillion COVID relief effort may begin to push the US economy further into overdrive, and possibly pushing the supply/demand balance even further beyond the equilibrium zone.

Don’t miss the opportunities to profit from the broad market sector rotations we expect this year, which will be an incredible year for traders of my Best Asset Now (BAN) strategy.  You can sign up now for my FREE webinar that teaches you how to find, enter, and profit from only those sectors that have the most strength and momentum. Staying ahead of sector trends is going to be key to success in volatile markets.

For those who believe in the power of trading sectors that show relative strength and momentum but don’t have the time to do the research every day, let my BAN Trader Pro newsletter service do all the work for you with daily market reports, research, and trade alerts. More frequent or experienced traders have been killing it trading options, ETFs, and stocks using my BAN Hotlist ranking the hottest ETFs, which is updated daily for my BAN Trader Pro subscribers.

In Part II of this article, we’ll take the data we’ve reviewed already and apply it to current market conditions, trends, and technical setups as we look for new opportunities in consumer-based sectors.  My team and I believe some very big sector trends are going to set up as a result of everything that is converging on the US and global markets.  It’s time to get ready for some big trends.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Chris Vermeulen
Founder & Chief Market Strategist
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com