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Lithium (LIT) And Rare Earth Metals (REMX) Need Attention

by Greg Schnell

  Lithium LIT Rare Earth Metals REMX Steel SLX Coal KOL Book starts shipping next week! Lithium, Steel and Rare Earth Metals all had a pretty good 2017. Each week on Commodities Countdown, I roll through the commodity markets. Steel (SLX) and Coal (KOL) have been performing well recently, but this week has slowed most charts. Lithium was an all-star performer in 2017 but looks shakier here. If you are a fundamental investor, you are in love with Lithium because of the electric car battery potential. Rare Earth Metals have also been rising on some of these fundamental Read More 

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Long-term Treasury Yields Finally Play Catch Up

by Arthur Hill

Short-term Treasury yields have been moving sharply higher since September with the 5-yr and 2-yr yields hitting multi-year highs over the last few months. Yields at the long end of the curve are lagging, but appear to be catching up finally as the 10-yr yield broke out in January and the 30-yr yield broke out this week.  The chart below shows the 2-yr, 5-yr, 10-yr and 30-yr yields on one scale in the top window. This same-scale feature makes it easy to compare relative yields and spot the movers. The 2-yr yield (blue) moved straight up from September to early February and moved Read More 

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DecisionPoint Scoreboards Seeing Red, But ST Indicators Very Oversold Already

by Erin Swenlin

It's been nearly a month since we saw our last signal changes to the DecisionPoint Scoreboards, but with the pullback over the past week, momentum turned negative and now we are seeing new Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) SELL signals on all four!  The Dow actually incurred its PMO SELL signal yesterday, but flew under my radar. The additional three PMO SELL signals landed on the boards today. On all four of the index charts below, I've marked various areas of support. In all four cases, they have now landed on intermediate-term support, but unfortunately, there is plenty of room Read More 

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Falling Dollar Favors Foreign Stocks, EU Stock ETFs Benefit From Stronger Currencies

by John Murphy

The direction of currency markets tells us a lot about the relative strength (or weakness) of global markets. As a rule, stronger economies have stronger currencies, while weaker economies have weaker currencies. As a result, the direction of the U.S. dollar tells us whether to favor U.S. stocks or foreign stocks. Generally speaking, a weaker dollar favors investments in foreign stocks. The green line in the chart below shows the Dollar Index (UUP) falling since the start of 2017 to the lowest level in three years. During that time, global stocks rallied. But foreign stocks rose faster Read More 

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Want to Make Money? Show Great Patience

by John Hopkins

Earnings season is about to kick into high gear. Over the next few weeks thousands of companies will report their numbers. Some will beat expectations and some will disappoint. And some will present some great opportunities to make nice money, especially for those of you who are patient enough to pounce at the right time. Here's a real life example. This past week as I was searching for high reward to risk trading candidates I uncovered a stock - CLDR (see below) - on our ChartList that reported and beat earnings expectations, rose on nice volume, pulled back and then consolidated some Read More 

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What To Buy In An Overbought Market

by Tom Bowley

Bull markets can advance very quickly and can become extremely overbought.  It's a challenge psychologically at times to commit new money t0 a stock or ETF, knowing that just days or weeks ago prices were so much cheaper.  So what the heck do you do when looking to invest cash in your account?  Well, for starters, you need to realize that rotation plays a huge role in stock markets.  Sectors and industry groups that once led the S&P 500 on a relative basis begin to struggle as money rotates and moves to other areas, which then begin to lead.  Want an Read More 

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China ETF's Show SCTR Strength

by Greg Schnell

China has been improving in performance over the last few months. The various ETFs that track China have really started to dominate the SCTR list. Part of this is in US Dollar weakness, but we are also seeing the broader Asian markets start to kick it up a gear. As an example, Russia and Vietnam have also been surging and India is racing higher. I am pretty sure everyone has heard of the outperformance by emerging markets but the resurgence of China is particularly noticeable as we enter 2018. Searching on 'Chin' (to capture both China or Chinese) on the US ETFs page we can see the Read More 

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A Surprising Small-cap Sector is Leading in 2018

by Arthur Hill

2018 is off to a great start with the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) up 5% in just 13 trading days. The rally is quite broad with six of the nine equal-weight sectors up 5% or more. I am showing the equal-weight sectors first because they reflect performance for the "average" stock in the sector. The PerfChart below shows year-to-date Rate-of-Change for these sectors.  Technology (green) is the clear leader with a 7.71% gain and Healthcare (teal) is in second place with a 6.83% gain. Consumer Discretionary (red) and Energy (black) take third and fourth place Read More 

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PMO Analysis Chart - Market Isn't As Overbought As You Think

by Erin Swenlin

Most of you are familiar with the Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) and its use on my individual stock, ETF, index charts. However, by analyzing the health of the PMOs within an index, we are able to get a reliable market indicator.  The PMO Analysis charts that are in the DecisionPoint Market Indicator ChartPack tally up whether the PMOs on each component of the index are rising, on buy signals or have PMO readings that are above the zero line. Each pane gives us a short-, intermediate- and long-term picture of the health of an index. Using the first pane (the PMO), you can Read More 

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2018 Stock Market Forecast

by Tom Bowley

HAPPY NEW YEAR! In my first Trading Places blog article of 2018, "Here's One Chart That Screams BUY As We Begin 2018", I highlighted my favorite relative chart in the Current Outlook section.  It's one of the biggest reasons why I believe 2018 will simply be an extension of what we saw in 2017.  The bull market appears to be quite sustainable as we enter 2018.  But what areas will lead the stock market in 2018? The two best performing industry groups in 2017 were renewable energy ($DWCREE) and home construction ($DJUSHB).  The Read More 

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