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December 31, 2016 – Weekend Market Comment

December 31, 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).

Despite a lackluster day in the stock market, the Dow finished 2016 up 13.42 percent, while the S&P 500 narrowly missed out on ending the year with double-digit gains. The Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, wrapped up 2016 with a net gain of 7.5 percent. The Dow ended the day down 57.18 points at 19,762. It had been on pace to end the year 14 percent higher, but instead finished only 13.42 percent higher after its first down week since the election. The S&P fell about 10 points, or about half a percent, on Friday, after ending Thursday down less than a point at 2,249. In order to gain 10 percent for the year, the index had to close at 2,248.33, but it finished at 2,238.83. The index now has four positive years in the past five. The Nasdaq closed 48.97 points lower on Friday, down 0.9 percent. Still, it notched its fifth positive year in a row for the first time since its five-year streak that ended in 2007.
Lets see what our charts say:

101 Bull Bear
Bull market (dark green over red)  the dark green 50 day average is in a firm uptrend.  NOTICE THE SLOPE (second window), we might be at the end of the uptrend, a very long term uptrend.  Bull market -- expect bullish outcomes.

103 NYSE High Low Market Forces
Breadth is still with us, don't panic yet. Nothing but strength. 

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
Beginning to be disturbing -- manufacturing is lagging.  Could this be the first canary in a coal mine signal?

115 Renko
Market is strong lucky 13 white bricks! You seldom see a run this long, but who knows how far this bull can run. Notice how it is obvious on a Renko chart. SUPER BULLISH!

203 OBV
OBV (red line) is happy. Yes despite year end profit taking the big boys are still on board. Bullish!
207 VIX
Fear is up a bit... but will this fade with new positions in 2017. Notice the last two weeks of September, when the bears got trounced by Trump. For now Neutral

209 VIX Evaluator
Very much bullish. 2016 was a mostly up market years.

211 S&P500 over 50 day
Now about 66% of stocks are above their 50day MA, down from last week when it was 74%. Bearish.

213 Green Arrow
Only put new money to work when I draw a green arrow. TRIX says green light, could be a green arrow soon.

301 NASDAQ Summation
Nasdaq breadth stalls. NASTY
303 Aggressive Defensive
Very defensive. Bearish

305 Consumer Bonds vs Equities
Bonds up. Consumer deflating? Bearish

307 Bond Direction
Bonds look better.

309 Sectors
It all sucks except for banks.

311 Nations
USA bets are off.

313 Major sectors
Canada perks up.. more safe-haven plays and good news in gold, silver, oil and coal.

! = Pay attention this chart is important this week.

What I Find Interesting

Follow the money
This chart shows all the worlds Billionaires and where they got the money from. This chart is courtesy of the good folks at How Much is a cost information website.

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France Underconsumes
In 2005, the real GDP per capita in France was only 67 percent that of the United States, and real consumption per capita (a more-direct measure of living standards) was only 60 percent as high, making it appear Americans were economically much better off than the French on average. However, that comparison omits other relevant factors; leisure time, life expectancy, and economic inequality. The French take long vacations and retire earlier, so typically work fewer hours; they enjoy a higher life expectancy at birth (80 years in 2005, compared to 77 in the U.S.), presumably reflecting advantages with respect to health care, diet, lifestyle, and the like. Hmmm consume less and live longer... who knew? Also income and consumption are somewhat more equally distributed there than in the U.S. Because of these mitigating differences, comparing France’s per capita GDP or consumption with the U.S.’s overstates the gap in economic welfare, or at least miss the point, there is a point of simply over-consumption.

You Have A Second Brain
Research shows that "gut" feeling you have might really be as important as the feelings you have in your brain. Click below to play this video, amazing stuff!

What Works Now

Canadian equities rose 18 percent in 2016, the biggest increase since 2009. The index now sits less than 3 percent from a record reached in September 2014. The S&P/TSX’s world-beating advance marks a reversal for the index, which slipped 11 percent in 2015 for its worst annual decline since 2008.

Safety and Commodities
The safety plays are all getting a recent boost, the only question is, is it a new trend or a "fast money" reaction to a pull back.




What I Think
When we look back on 2016. There were lots of great buying opportunities. After years of commodities being routed, it was a year for commodities to create fantastic returns. In 2013 I wrote "The New Momentum" that showed that high oil prices are a kind of tax on the economy. I notice today the new commodity rush as we begin 2017 is focused on safety assets, Oil, Gold and Bonds (see above) yet general commodities like coco and coffee are not moving in fact they are depressed. This is not a sign of global demand, its a sign of concern. We have had a bull market since spring of 2009, that's a near record 8 year run(third best ever), this coming year might be a great time to be prudent and not buy in to the hype

That is not to say that the end of year pull back we saw this week was anything more than tax selling. I would not be surprised to see next week down or up, but I do think next week will set a tone for the first quarter of 2017. As I said before I am long but cautious.  But long term I would be amazed if this bull continued through all of 2017. So strap in and lets see what the new years baby has for us!

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