Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Entry Sig-33% Equity Target-Feb 16 Close

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Action over the past two trading days has caused a whipsaw in the short-term timer, indicating that I should attempt to become 33% invested (67% still in cash).  I'm buying quality stocks today (Wednesday, Feb 17)

Timer Table

Here's the most recent timer table:

The left column is the short-term timer, the middle column is the intermediate-termed timer, and the right column is the long-term timer.

The RIGHT column is the most important -- we are not in an uptrending market, and as such, risk is high on the longer-term.   I'm wrestling with limiting my exposure to less than 25% because the right column is recommending the sidelines.

My money management system indicates that 33% equity / 67% cash is prudent.  Certainly no more exposure than that is warranted.

Of concern is that we are whipsawing here.  This means that we were long, we went to cash, and now the system is back to long (on a short-term basis).  This is a dangerous place to be because we are right at thresholds.  

LCR Table

Part of the picture is that stocks are being bought:

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I've discussed the details of this table elsewhere in this blog so read backwards a few entries.  If you have questions, ask.

Of importance here is that we're back to the "height" of where we were over the last two weeks, at least in terms of strength of this move upward, so the signal is hard to ignore.  Stocks are still oversold on a historical basis so over the long haul there is plenty of fuel to take us higher.

Caveat emptor, to be sure.  Do your diligence.

Cumulative Tick

The CT verifies that this market is being bought:

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Tuesday's action saw the white line cross the red line from below, pulling the entire ribbon upward, and indicating that there is strength over the past two days.  If you look closely you'll see it actually started near the end of Thursday's action, so I do think it real.


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