Trend Check with Tushar Chande

Tushar Chande
About the author: , PhD, MBA, is the inventor behind an impressive collection of technical indicators, including the Aroon and Stochastic RSI. He has written several books, holds both a PhD in Engineering and an MBA in Finance, and has over two decades of experience trading the financial markets. Follow Tushar in this blog as he highlights his new "Trend Meter" indicator and shares his analysis of current market conditions.

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Beneficiaries of Tax Reform

by Tushar Chande

How to find beneficiaries of tax reform? Well, four stocks stood out today: Blackberry (BB), FedEx(FDX), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Verizon (VZ).  They broke out to new highs as the tax reform legislation completed its journey through Congress.  One way you can search for the beneficiaries of tax reform is to look at jumps in SCTR or the Chande Trend Meter (CTM).  Another is to look at industry group trend strength via the CTM. I will briefly illustrate both approaches below. Chart 1: FedEx jumped higher as it is expected to benefit from the new tax regulations. Read More 

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What Causes a MACD Divergence? (With Scan Code to Detect MACD Divergences)

by Tushar Chande

This blog post is for short-term players looking for counter-trend opportunities. This blog post explains why we observe divergences between the MACD indicator and stock prices.  I also describe the scan code for automatically detecting divergences using the StockCharts scan engine on daily and weekly data.  Short-term and swing traders can now automate the search for MACD divergences via this post.  Longer-term players will gain insight into how the MACD works.        Read More 

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S&P 500 Pauses to Refresh

by Tushar Chande

Topics: Market consolidates under all time high; guessing support for $SPX; gold breaks down; semiconductors find support; dollar forms higher low, looks stronger technically.  A big thank you to Tom and Erin for inviting me to their Market Watchers Live show (on 12/06/17) and to all their listeners who tuned in and responded with questions and comments.  There are some references for you below (that connect to the discussion on the show).   Chart 1: The year-end forecast can be found here and here.   Read More 

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Fasten Your Seatbelts

by Tushar Chande

The market is trading on emotion, so it is time to fasten your seat belts.  The melt-up in Financials best captures the near euphoric rally to new highs as tax cut legislation moved forward in the upper chamber in D.C.  As Chart 1 below of FINU, the ProShares Ultra Pro Financial Sector ETF shows, the past three days have seen sharp moves.  The last bar has a small open-close range and a long high-open range, which suggests the market has touched some resistance overhead.   Chart 1: The FINU accelerated to new highs, but as the last bar shows, it seems to have met some Read More 

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Market Reaches My 2663 Target

by Tushar Chande

The $SPX high today (11/30) was 2657.74, a whisker away from my year-end target of 2663, a prediction I derived from my post-election model in April, and made explicit in my September 29 post (see below).  Not bad. Not bad at all.   Chart 1: Screen shot of my Sep 29 post.     Chart 2: The post-election model shows the most recent close is not very far from my year-end target. Read More 

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Trend Analysis of Jim Cramer's Anointed 15 (Or, Using the Chande Trend Meter)

by Tushar Chande

The Chande Trend Meter (CTM) is a flexible tool for analyzing absolute trend strength across all time frames.  I will illustrate its application using a list of 15 stocks that Jim Cramer of CNBC called the "anointed ones", stocks that are likely to go higher because they have a strong institutional fan base on Wall Street.  I will show that CTM can be combined with StockChart's SCTR to find the stocks on Cramer's list. I will also show that CTM scales sensibly across time frames, from intra-day to monthly, whereas the SCTR is only computed using daily data and re-plotted on Read More 

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Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) Attractive to Long-term Investors

by Tushar Chande

Berkshire Hathaway, buffeted by tax plan headlines, has pulled back into support, and offers a potential entry point for long-term investors. The market itself has seen selling in the short-term time frame. However, intermediate-term and long-term trends are still bullish, as they have been all year.   Chart 1: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) retests its prior breakout at 182, with support starting at 177.  The solid black line is the 130-day simple moving average. (A live version of the chart is here.)     Read More 

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Using Momentum ETFs

by Tushar Chande

Momentum ETFs are a useful way to invest in strongly trending markets.  Here momentum is generally measured as a combination of monthly returns over different periods.  Since capitalization is always a concern for the larger ETFs, the larger the capitalization and the stronger the recent price performance, the larger the allocation to the stock.  In general, when market trend strongly, momentum ETFs are expected to do well (see Chart 1). Chart 1: Momentum ETFs have typically done better than the $SPX as we should expect from their design. Read More 

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Re-optimizing the 4 Percent Rule (Initial Withdrawal Rate) for Low Inflation

by Tushar Chande

This post is for retirees or those near retirement.  All of you will have to make some decisions on how to manage withdrawals from your retirement portfolio.  The Bengen 4 Percent Rule is the industry standard, which states that an initial withdrawal rate of 4 percent of starting capital, adjusted for inflation each year, will be a "safe rate" that will "ensure" that you will "not run out of money" over a 30-year retirement horizon.  Naturally, the higher the "safe" withdrawal rate, the larger your spending budget, the "better off" you will be. Read More 

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Micron Technology (MU) Captures The Essence of this Rally (Or, Market Trend Check 10/31/2017)

by Tushar Chande

The rally in Micron since the breakout I pointed to in early September (see Chart 9 of that post) neatly summarizes the story of this market. In the composite charts below, at left is the initial breakout, on September 14.  I felt this breakout was an important sign that the market would rally.  On the right is Micron today, rallying mightily, just like the rest of the Technology sector. That in short is what the market has done and is doing, with a more detailed analysis below. The breakout in Micron Technology (MU) was a key sign of the rally to follow Read More 

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