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Author: Lee Adler

End Stage Rally

Last week’s rally still left the appearance that the longer cycles are topping out. There are some warning signs that stick out like sore thumbs. But first, more upside. Here’s how much, and when to look for it to end.

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These reports are not investment advice. They are for informational purposes, intended for an audience of investment and trading professionals, and other experienced investors and traders. Chart pick performance changes week to week and past performance may not indicate future results, as you know. Trading involves risk, and these reports assume that you understand those risks and manage them according to your tolerance. 

Note: Next weekend is the Fourth of July, with the holiday celebrated Monday for US business. In honor of that, and the fact that I’ll be doing a little traveling (Slovenia that weekend), and that none of you will be here either 😁, I will also take a few days off. Therefore, this report and the Chart Picks report will not be published next week. They will return as usual, in the early morning hours of Monday, July 12 from Krakow, Poland.

Now that I have my vaccination certificate, I plan to do quite a bit of traveling again. If you’re interested in travel, I post my better photos at Instagram.com/200daysineurope. Join me in my travels around Europe!

Chart Picks for the Week of June 28, 2021

Yet again, whenever I pick a few shorts to add to the list, the market smacks me upside the head. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. It’s like our permabear friends, whose names I’ll withhold out of respect for the dead, who have been warning for 12 years that the market is about to crash. They will be right one day. Well, every few months I’ll see a few short picks that I like and add them to the list. We’ll probably keep losing money on them, but one day, I’ll be right. You’ll see! 😆

Good grief, though. I’m beginning to wonder if this will ever end.

The list had an average performance of -0.2% on an average holding period of 6 calendar days, including a couple that got stopped out.  I’m adding two longs this week.

The current screen from charts as of the close on Friday, June 25, had 48 buys and 7 sells. Two of the sells were inverse funds, making the final score Bulls 50, Bears 5. I am adding two of the buys to the list for this week. They are highlighted in green in the chart below.

The bulls won every day last week, of course.  For the past 5 trading days, there were 244 buys versus 48 sells, a spread of +206. That’s the biggest bullish tilt since +218 on May 20.

But the character of this is different than the last two times there was a triple digit buy side advantage. Both of those rode the back of one big thrust day. This time it’s just been a steady roll higher. It feels like an end stage move, rather than an initial thrust.

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Flying Blind, But They Warned Us

Cycles are topping out. That includes the big ones.

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Pick List Longs Escape With Flying Colors, Now for the Shorts

Every week I run technical stock screens covering all NYSE and NASD stocks trading above $6 and averaging more than 1 million shares a day. This typically results in between 15 and 50 charts to review visually. I’m looking for low risk, high reward price structures, which I’m not smart enough to program into the screening process. But it’s ok. I like to look at charts. 

Existing picks, all longs, held up pretty well in last week’s selling. 3 of them dipped below their stops, with gains in two of the three. The newest pick, XXXX (subscribers), added last Monday, did surprisingly well.

As a result, list performance rose to an average of +4.2%, up from +0.2% the week before, on an average holding period of 16 days. The percentage change assumes cash trades, no margin, no options.

Bond Market Has Mitigated Some of the Risk, But Don’t Go To Sleep

In Part 1 of this report, I covered dealer positions, financing, and hedging.  Dealers have mitigated a significant amount of risk by selling paper to the Fed, reducing their inventories, and increasing their hedges. They’ve also benefitted from the rally in prices over the past few weeks. That rally has largely been driven by the Treasury paying down T-bills.

This report looks at several large bank measures, including net unrealized profits or losses of large banks on trading positions, and week to week changes in total bank capital. Those changes indicate the profits of the entire banking system, or in this case, the 25 largest US banks.

The data suggests that the big banks who are largely the parent firms of the primary dealers, haven’t been as profitable as their earnings report suggest, or that at least they have not increased their capital at all.

They aren’t required to mark their investment portfolios of long term bonds to market. If they need to liquidate any of that, then those losses will be recognized. There’s some chance that they will need to liquidate later in the year, as Treasury supply increases, putting downward pressure on bond prices.

Meanwhile, Treasury paydowns will continue to support a bid for both bonds and stocks, for as long as they continue. Rip roaring tax collections have slowed the drawdown in the Treasury balance, so the paydowns will probably continue at their current pace, if not more, until xxxx (see subscriber report)

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Despite the weakness in stocks and bonds in the wake of today’s FOMC announcement, these conditions argue for the churning slight uptrends in stock and bond prices to continue until xxxx. Conditons will then turn more bearish. I tell you when that will be, and what my strategy is.

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Gold on the Cusp

Gold is in a very precarious place on the charts. The only thing we have to fear isn’t just fear itself. Here’s what I’m worried about. Despite that, I added a chart to our mining picks.

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Our mining picks held their own last week, and we’re holding on to them this week. Here’s the list, with charts.

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Market Engine Whines Without A Rudder

Cycles are mixed, and cycle screening measures are deteriorating, but there are still reasons to expect the averages to head higher. Here’s what they are, with price and time targets, as well as levels to watch for signs of a big reversal.

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These reports are not investment advice. They are for informational purposes, intended for an audience of investment and trading professionals, and other experienced investors and traders. Chart pick performance changes week to week and past performance may not indicate future results, as you know. Trading involves risk, and these reports assume that you understand those risks and manage them according to your tolerance.