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September 17, 2016 – Weekend Market Comment

September 17, 2016 – Welcome to my weekend market comment, an analysis tool I use in my own portfolio decisions, published free to the web every weekend before the New York opening bell. You can read the latest version each week by bookmarking For full details read my disclaimer (link at the bottom of this page).

Well did you miss me? Yes there was no post last week, I was unable to get to an Internet connection. What a week to miss, the markets have corrected and we are now at a point where our oscillators are saying, "oversold" and the market is a bargain, and our trend indicators say that this could go on a while more, as they are bound to do. Lets look at the charts and try and put in our best guess. 

101 Bull Bear
Bull market (dark green over red) and now the short term (light green) is sharply down, Also the dark green looks like it is also now started to pull back meaning this could be a bigger picture problem. Now look at the lower window of the chart. Notice the slope has been decaying for a long time, the general trend of a pull back looks like it has begun. If you had used this declining slope as a indicator of future trouble you could have seen this pull back weeks ago.    That said, it is a bull market, and it is best to buy the dips in a bull market.  Bull market -- expect bullish outcomes.
103 NYSE High Low Market Forces
Perhaps the biggest concern is with this chart, we have not seen a red section in weeks, and due to that I have been very bullish, clearly we did have a red section last week and it is bad idea to get to crazy when there have been recent red splashes. 

105 Non Farm Payroll
Lots of jobs! But beware this is lagging indicator. The smart money is gone before this turns down.

107 Industrial Production
Newest numbers are not a strong as last report. 
115 Renko
Also deeply concerning. Our first black brick in weeks, but remember the last brick on a renko chart can change. 
203 OBV
OBV is slightly lagging the current market, but in general the red line is showing decreasing volume. Could show big trouble.  Too soon to worry but keep an eye on this. 
207 VIX
VIX is bouncing in a range, and looks like fear is subsiding, but this is far from stable.  

209 VIX Evaluator
Could this be a flatting for a turn? If so this could be a long term trend change. 

211 S&P500 over 50 day
Now over 32% stocks are above their 50day MA, slightly up from last chart two eeks ago, at 61%. Positive turning point or a long term fall off? Looks over done to me, ready for a bounce. 

213 Green Arrow
Only put new money to work when I draw a green arrow. The TRIX has cross green arrows are not possible now. This is a sign of a long term trend change. 

301 NASDAQ Summation
NASDAQ has pulled back.  As you can see the breadth is deteriorating. The warning signs were on the wall long before the sell off. Tech actually is the only part of the bull market still showing life. 
303 Aggressive Defensive
High risk stocks are taking a beating, while dividend stocks and utilities continue to climb slightly. 

305 Consumer Bonds vs Equities
Bonds drop, consumer splat. 

307 Bond Direction
Strength in bonds overall but no recent upward interest. 

309 Sectors
Utility stocks lead. Expect new interest in defensives. 

311 Nations
International weak Canada bounces with investors seeking stability without recent hype.

313 Major sectors
All I can see here is that it could not be too bad if no one is pushing up the value of gold. 

! = Pay attention this chart is important this week.

What I Find Interesting

Acording to the Variant Perception web site we might be in for a pull back. The Institute of supply management produces a series of index reports on the health of the economy.  ISM services and Manufacturing numbers indicate the strength of the economy, in the past when both fell below 52 a recession was about to start. Well were are there.  Don't freak out yet, this is still a bull market, but keep an eye out. 

September is historically a strong month for the markets, but when things go wrong it can be the most dangerous too. Eight years ago on September 16, Lehman Brothers files bankruptcy sending the global economy in to the great reession. The great depresion is often sighted as the mid October sell off of 1929, but it was Sept 16 1929 was the actual peak of the market before the great depression. 

What Works Now
Teck resources, mention here a few weeks ago the Canadian miner has a recent change in fortunes. 

What I Think
September is has reputation as a tough month and boy is it iving up to it. On the 8th we were almost at a record high, mom and pop traders rushed in and the market sold off.  Volume is mostly in defensive areas like staples and utilities.  However, I expect the buy the dip crowed to jump in and buy the market Monday. However I think the party will be short lived, after 17 weeks of up, we a due for a rest, and many hedge funds will be locking in profits and repositioning this month. Keep an eye on the VIX and the price of gold, if this is the end of a big cycle they will rise. Otherwise I expect two weeks of weakness and recovery. Considering how strong tech has been it looks like the market is sill active. 

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