The Weekly Trader

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is above its 50-day MA = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its signal line = Bullish

S&P 500 support @ 2500

 

Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (Oct. 3): 57.5% Bulls; 17.0% Bears = Bearish

AAII survey: (Oct. 4): 35.6% Bulls; 32.8% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 9.65 = Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 76.09 = Overbought

Comment: It appears we’re playing with fire as the bulls continue to control the market. Several veteran traders are warning of disaster but they’re being ignored as the market continues to break new records. Sentiment among retail investors is a lot higher than the AAII survey, as many believe the market “is never going down.” I mean it. Fighting this bull market at these levels is not recommended, but be on the lookout for weakness. When the ball starts rolling, it will be shocking.  Few are listening, but this bull market is not going to end well.  If you’re a trader, you have to believe there will be opportunities in the future. It’s not easy to be patient, and unemotional…but you must. Read Livermore’s book, or watch The Big Short again. 

As usual, Lance Roberts hit it out of the ballpark with his latest analysis: https://goo.gl/ojtfkV

My latest MarketWatch column: https://goo.gl/REoRXg

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is above its 50-day MA = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its signal line = Bullish

S&P 500 support @ 2473 (50-day moving average)

 

Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (Sept. 26): 54.3% Bulls; 17.1% Bears = Bearish

AAII survey: (Sept. 27): 33.3% Bulls; 28.7% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 9.50 = Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 68.77 = Overbought

Comment: More professional traders and investors have recently warned that the market is way overbought, the valuations are obscenely high, and that a number of indicators such as the Schiller P/E CAPE ratio are the highest (30) since 1929 and 1997. Schiller wrote that it doesn’t mean a crash or bear market is imminent, but it is a “red flag” (my words). And yet, the market crawls to all time highs on low volume and institutional participation. What is a trader to do? 

In my opinion, sit and wait because the day of reckoning will eventually come. I’ll have a lot more to say later this week when I publish my next column.

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is above its 50-day MA = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its signal line = Bullish

S&P 500 support @ 2469 (50-day moving average)

 

Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (Sept. 19): 50.5% Bulls; 19.0% Bears = Bearish

AAII survey: (Sept. 20): 40.1% Bulls; 27.2% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 9.50 = Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 62.98 = Overbought

Comment: The S&P 500 made an all-time high of 2508.85 but then fell back to 2502. We’ll have to wait and see if there is enough energy left in this market to move much higher. It’s still a bull market but but the lack of energy tells me the end is likely near. Nevertheless, this market could go sideways for weeks or months, so caution is advised. Sentiment among retail investors is rising. Other surveys show extreme investor confidence. In addition, individual investors have been bragging to me how much money they made, which is always a signal a top is near. Need more evidence we are near a top? Lance Robert at realinvestmentadvice.com nails this market with solid evidence in his piece, “Yellen Takes Away the Punch Bowl”: https://goo.gl/aFQPsH

A word of caution: Just because we appear to be topping out doesn’t mean it’s time to buy puts (or short). Be patient and wait for clear signals. The market might still have a few tricks up its sleeve but as for me, I wouldn’t be buying heavily at the top, nor would I be shorting. Don’t forget that the technical indicators are saying we’re in an uptrend, and yet, it feels like the market is moving higher on fumes, not reality.

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is above its 50-day MA = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its signal line = Bullish

S&P 500 support @ 2460

 

Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (Sept. 12): 47.1% Bulls; 20.2% Bears = Neutral

AAII survey: (Sept. 13): 41.3% Bulls; 22% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 10.17 = Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 64.94 = Overbought

Comment: It’s time to pay attention once again to the market as we enter the traditionally volatile September to November period. Of course, nothing about this market has been traditional, so it’s possible volatility will continue to be suppressed. But one thing I know for sure: No one, not even the Fed or the algos, can eliminate volatility forever. As the market makes all time highs while sentiment flashes warning signs, it’s advised to be on guard. No one knows the catalyst but one of these days the market is going to crumble. All we can do is look for the clues and hopefully be prepared before it happens. A more detailed analysis of the current market can be found at Lance Robert’s website, which I highly recommend: WINTER IS COMING: https://goo.gl/PPaX75

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

 Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is above its 50-day MA = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is even with its signal line  = Neutral

S&P 500 support @ 2450 and 2400

 

Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (August 29): 49.5% Bulls; 19.1% Bears = Neutral

AAII survey: (August 30): 25.0% Bulls; 39.9% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 12.12= Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 52.34 = Neutral

No comment this week because of the hurricane (I’m in the middle of it).