Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Short-term and Medium-term timers transition to CASH, 66% Cash Target, March 25 Close

This was entitled "Uptrend continues - March 24th Close" as I wrote the blog this morning (Wednesday).

For continuity, I've included the early-morning March 25th entry (describing March 24th) below since it's been posted all day.

What a day a market makes....

The LCR took a significant hit today, dropping nearly 20% in 1 day from it's previous value.  This has had a dramatic impact on the LCR Table:

With the 2d, 3d, and 5d LCR slopes transitioning negative we have a change in the short-term timer and as such, raise cash to at least 66% of total portfolio value.

"Trade the market presented, not the one you want."

This was a severe move today and the volatility will cause me to pause about being long in this market.

Timer Table:

The table status tells the story.  Not much to add.


Even though I'm a medium to long-term investor, it's important to react to these signals as the model is based on next-day execution.  All the metrics I've developed presume that I've obtained the next day's close (or better) in my pricing on exit.  Hence, time to act.

1) I will sort my holdings from weakest to strongest
2) I will place a 1% Trailing Stop Loss (TSL) order, Good 'til Canceled (GTC), effective after 9:45 a.m., on all positions that are underwater.  Period.
3) I will place a 1% TSL GTC order on all positions above the water line that get me to 66% cash position when fully executed.
4) No buying, not even for my Greenfield Dividend portfolio.

Your crystal ball is as good as mine.  We could have a 1-day dip or this could be something deeper.  It's not worth holding on to.

Execute flawlessly and live to make money another day, to paraphrase the well-known saying.





No changes to the model.  The uptrend continues and the short-term weakness is abating.

The LCR nudged upward +3% to 1.489.  This means that there are 1785 stocks in the database who have some form of "long" recommendation and 1199 who have some form of "cash" recommendation.  The numbers are increasing day over day for the past 7 consecutive days.

All slopes are positive through the 143rd day moving average.  The slope angle is increasing, which means that the trend is presently strong.  It could change, so this is only a day-over-day observation.

On the right side of the table I see that the slope of the slopes are negative from the 2d through the 13d, BUT, note that the values of the 2d through the 8d are less negative (more positive) than the action on 3/23.  This means that although the slopes (on the left) are trending down, they are doing so less and less on a day-over-day view.  This is a normal setup for a short-term reversal higher.

Again, no changes to strategy.  Just an update.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Confirming 100 Percent Equity Target, Friday, March 20 Close

Summary:  Friday's action caused the LCR to move positive on all measured time frames.  Correspondingly, this confirms that I should be 100% invested in equities at this time.

Timer Table:

The table shows that we are "long" on all timers -- short term, medium term, and long term.  The "optional actions" column also indicates that when this particular setup has occurred in the past the chances of trades from this point forward being profitable are diminished, hence, adding to my positions at this time is not advised.  So, if I'm not 100% invested (I'm not), then pending buy orders should be canceled or otherwise removed from consideration.

LCR Table:

The LCR table shows that we had a huge day on Friday.  Some of this is certainly due to options expiration, but not all of it.  Friday's action was the 59th strongest LCR move upward since 2008, which is significant.

The fact that the LCR shows that all measured moving averages have a positive slope tells me that we're firing on all cylinders, options expirations or not.

Cumulative Tick:

The cumulative tick, which shows the net buying/selling with an uptick/downtick per min of transactions, rocketed in the early morning and stabilized by lunch/afternoon.  This is a buying chart, and it shows that on net that stocks traded on the NYSE are being bought and are doing so on higher and higher prices.  This is good.


The chart above shows the GGT price index overlaid with the GGT Percent Longs as indicated in the database.  The chart shows a new high in terms of GGT price, and it also shows that we've entered a zone where historically, the markets have pulled back.  This is indicated by the pink zone.

This is not a predictive chart.  It simply shows that the market is entering a zone where a pullback is possible, so buying at this point could be a losing proposition.  This chart is NOT related to the recommendation above that I not buy any more stocks -- but two separate indicators are telling me to be careful here, so I'm not going to chase going to 100% equity until we get some sort of pullback.

It's all part of the game.  Buy breakouts as the market absorbs gains.

I'm cancelling all open buy orders except those that are related to my dividend portfolio (which tries to stay 100% invested unless the long-term signal has transitioned to cash).  Stocks that break out on price AND volume may be purchased, but they will have a marginal impact on percent invested.


Remember, you are responsible for your own investment decisions and I am not.  Please do your own diligence, and please take ownership for your actions.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

All in... March 18th close


Timer Table:

All timers are now long.  Targeting 100% equity investment:

Nothing much to say here -- it's apparent that we're back on the long side.

LCR Table:

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A huge jump for the LCR -- this was a deep move in the number of stocks participating to the up side.  The right side of the table shows that "green" led the left side, as expected.

The left side of the table shows that we are now long through the 8d; look to see that the 13d goes in a day or two.  Thursday may be a pause, which I would consider normal behavior.

Cumulative Tick:

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White crossed red from below and finished strong -- this was one of the last indicators I have that was not signalling "all in".  It now is confirming.  As long as the white stays above the red line, and the red line keeps a positive slope, I'm buying.


Here are the leading greenfield stocks:


Here are the greenfield charts:

Here are my present holdings:

I intend to keep buying GGT-long rated stocks.  The stock file has been updated in the shared Dropbox folder for those of you who have access.

I intend to buy breakouts on volume and price.

I intend to buy only stocks that are taking out their previous day's high and a bit more.

I intend to sell stocks that move to a GGT "cash" rating.  OMC is one that I am unloading Thursday with a 1% trailing stop loss.

My goal is to get as quickly invested as possible.  I'm only about 35% invested at the present time, so this will take some work.


Remember, you are responsible for your own investment decisions and I am not.  Please do your own diligence, and please take ownership for your actions.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Short-term timer fires LONG - March 16 Close

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Summary:  The short-term timer, which is based on the long-cash ratio, has moved to the long side.  I'm moving from a 75% cash position to a 50% cash position.

Timer Table:

Commentary:  All I can say is that this is relatively strong in terms of change, but I have no idea if it will last.  You'll read below that not all indicators are supportive, so a position of 50-66% cash would not hurt me.  I'm targeting 50%, but it may take a few days to get there.

LCR Table:

Commentary:  The 2d and 3d slopes have moved long, which triggers the short-term timer.  If the trend continues we'll see the 5d and longer move to green too.

Note the green on the right side of the table -- this ALWAYS occurs before we get a good signal on the left.  I have no idea if the signal on the left is good at this point, but the setup is improving.

Cumulative Tick:

Commentary:  This is not confirming, which is problematic.  This will have me slow-rolling my equity level to 50% -- I need to have the white line above the red in order to go "all in".  You can see that the red line has a negative slope, which is poor, and you can also see that despite the action on today's markets as reflected by the indexes, the cumulative tick (white) didn't go anywhere throughout the day.

This is a big problem.


Strategy:  I'm moving from 75% cash to 50% cash, albeit slowly.  Same method -- buy breakouts, reduce downward if not purchased in the given day.  Only buy GGT "long"-rated stocks.

The stock and ETF files have been updated with the latest stocks and recommendations -- the leader's list looks very good at this point.


Remember, you are responsible for your own investment decisions and I am not.  Please do your own diligence, and please take ownership for your actions.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

No Timer Change, but Initial Thawing of the LCR - Mar 12 Close

I'm in White Plains, NY so this will be short.

There are no timer changes to report.

Nothing is indicating that I should buy on Friday.

A few of you have asked for the LCR table, updated with today's data.  Here you go:

The LCR moved upward +12% today, enough to get the 2d slope to move positive.  Everything else is still negative, so -- no new signal.

Note that the right side of the table shows green -- we need more of this to see green on the left side.




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hard selling today - March 10th close

Timer Table:

No changes today.  Both the short-term and intermediate-termed timers are in cash, and the long-term timer is still indicating that some equity exposure is prudent.

My target cash level is 75%.  I'm not there yet, but today helped.

Long-Cash Ratio Table:

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As far as the LCR index is concerned, today was a very hard sell-off, with a 24% change lower in the index.  Out of all down days since September 2008 this one ranked at 108th, which is remarkable.

Still a sea of red on the right side of the table, so there is little chance of a major reversal on Wednesday.  This being stated, note that we've fallen quickly in a very short period of time, and we are presently entering oversold territory.  A short-term reversal up, out of oversold territory, would not be a major surprise for me.

Individual Index Cumulative Tick:

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When we look at the cumulative tick on stocks that make up the individual indexes, we see that there was little confidence at the end of the day.  The S&P500, the Russell 2000, and the NASDAQ sold off (net) in the last 30 minutes, which is not a good starting position for Wednesday.

Cumulative Tick:

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The cumulative tick chart shows that again, we have a large number of stocks hitting new 52-week lows, and we had a stronger down day in the overall cumulative tick.

The un-weighted white trace is well below the averaged red trace in the bottom pane -- I'm not buying stocks, period.


Strategy:  I continue to raise cash to my 25% invested / 75% cash target.  I'm not buying.


Remember, you are responsible for your own investment decisions, and I am not.  Please do your own diligence, and please take ownership for your actions.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Indices Diverge from Underlying Indicators - March 9 Close

This will be short.

No change in timers -- short and intermediate term are CASH, long-term is LONG.

Targeting 25-33% equity exposure -- see yesterday's blog.

The major indexes were up today, but I'm not a believer.

Case-in-point #1:  Cumulative Tick

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Discussion:  Top trace:  more 52-week New Lows (red) than 52-week New Highs (green).  Big warning sign; certainly do not buy stocks.

Middle trace:  500 stock/min filter on the cumulative tick, ticked DOWN mid-day but was more/less flat to negative.  More selling than buying today.

Bottom trace:  The white trace is the instantaneous cumulative tick.  As you can see, it stayed flat all day.  The trends are down.  Since White Below Red, no buying.  Period.

Case-in-point #2:  LCR Table

Discussion:  the LCR FELL today, a certain divergence from the price action of the indexes.  All the slopes (on all major time frames) are negative, which is not supportive of price increases in the markets.

On the right, we see that the shorter "acceleration" measurements are trying to break out, but they are unable to (mostly red above 13d).  We need green on the right before we see green on the left, so we have a major divergence.


There is nothing here that indicates we should be in the markets.  My cash target is 67% - 75% cash,   Today's 1% TSL on my selling positions was not favorable to getting out, but that's by design.  If tomorrow is a down day they will trigger and I'll be out.


Remember, you are responsible for your own investment decisions and I am not.  Please do your own diligence, and please take ownership for your actions.