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Well, it is December now and the stock market is STILL in record territory! The rally that started way back in October 2011 continues to roll on, seemingly without a care in the world. Skip on down to the articles that follow mine for more information and commentary about that whilst I explain how you can get the most out of our current Holiday Special. This advice applies to both current members and non-members.
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German stocks sold off Thursday after the ECB delayed further monetary easing until the first quarter. Later reports that more monetary stimulus might come as early as January helped boost European stocks which rallied sharply on Friday. Chart 1 shows the German DAX Composite Index jumping 2.4% on Friday to reach a new record. Other eurozone stock markets jumped as well. France rose 2.2%, Spain gained 2.6%, and Italy 3.4%. Friday's strong jobs report in the U.S. may have also improved market sentiment in global markets. The only laggards were oil producers like Brazil, Canada, and Russia. Oil importers like China and Japan hit three and seven year highs respectively. That puts most global stock markets on a sounder footing. Most foreign currencies fell however as the U.S. Dollar hit a new eight-year high. That was due mainly to a big jump in U.S. rates on Friday following the strong jobs report.
The monthly bars in Chart 2 show the U.S. Dollar Index ending the week at the highest level since 2006. The USD closed slightly above its 2009 and 2010 highs. Any chart reader will recognize that as a major upside breakout. The USD had fallen between 2002 and 2008 before bottoming. It has traded sideways since then in an apparent bottoming formation. This week's upside breakout has completed that bottoming formation and signals the likely start of major uptrend in the U.S. currency. Chart 2 suggests that the bull market in the dollar has a lot further go both in price and time. Dollar strength is one of the main reasons why commodity markets are in major downtrends. It also explains why commodity exporters are underperforming and commodity importers outperforming on the global stage. The main reason for dollar strength is the growing discrepancy by rising U.S. interest rates and low foreign rates.
There are two bullish seasonal patterns at work right now. First, stocks have shown a strong tendency to advance in December. Second, small-caps have shown a strong tendency to outperform large-caps in December. Over the last twenty years, the S&P 500 has risen 75% of the time and the average gain was 1.60%. The Russell 2000 has risen 90% of the time and the average gain was 3.5%. Yes, you read right. Don't take my word for it, check out our seasonality charts below. This is a pretty staggering statistic that gives the Russell 2000 a bullish bias heading into yearend. Furthermore, Charlie Bilello of Pension Partners took December seasonality one step further and found that most of the strength comes in the second half of the month. And finally, it is also worth mentioning that the Russell 2000 outperformed the S&P 500 75% of the time over the last twenty years. Seasonal tendencies are one thing, and trend is another so I will focus on the IWM chart after the jump.
The Russell 2000 iShares (IWM) has yet to start out performing and is up less than 1% so far this month. The second chart shows IWM surging in October and then consolidating the last five weeks. Even though it is not picture perfect, the pattern resembles a flat flag, which is a bullish continuation pattern. IWM bounced off support in the 114-115 area twice, but remains shy of a breakout that would signal a continuation of the October surge. A break above the November highs would confirm the bull flag and target a move to new highs. The indicator window shows the IWM:SPY ratio working its way lower the last few weeks. The ratio has yet to break the mid October low, but IWM shows relative weakness and a break above the October-November highs is needed for IWM to start showing relative strength again.
Thanks for tuning in and have a great weekend!
Arthur Hill CMT
Friday saw an outstanding jobs number that was 25-50% higher than the expectations. The immediate take on that was the Federal Reserve would have to raise interest rates sooner than the expectations. All that meant that there would be an interest spread for the banks to start working with and all of the big banks and brokers broke through their respective ceilings.
Here is the weekly for three of the big banks. Two of these three closed last week below these horizontal resistance areas. Wells Fargo was marginally higher.
Here is the daily of the same three. This can only be considered as a bullish breakout for the industry group.
Here are the brokers. This is a weekly chart but almost all of the move was on Friday.
This is very promising to see the banks and brokers shooting Orion-like launches to new highs as a group. It suggests this area is really getting the institutional investors on board. As these are mega - cap stocks, it takes big institutional buying power to make these take off and I'll be considering it a new industry breakout till proven otherwise. On Thursday's webinar I noted that the industry group charts looked like they were stuck under resistance and this was an important time to watch closely. Well, we got a signal, a big bullish signal that these are going to perform well into Federal Reserve interest rate moves. As long as that plan holds up, these should too.
Greg Schnell, CMT
GOLD MINERS: HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?
by Erin Heim | DecisionPoint.com
I wrote a blog article some time back that questioned whether the Gold Miners stocks had finally hit rock bottom. I concluded that it was good set-up for a bottom but there was still plenty of room for decline before they hit all-time lows. The stocks in the Gold Mining Industry Index, $DJUSPM may have hit their bottom, but our indicators in three time frames warn us of trying catch a falling knife.
The Market Carpet for the Gold Mining Industry shows just how devastating the last 60 days have been.
Let's start with the long-term view and move out from there. Since this index began, the all-time low was 30.84, price is not there yet but it is getting very close. This year both the 2003 and 2008 lows were taken out. The question is whether the all-time low will be taken out soon.
On the weekly chart this sector has taken more than a 70% beating! Unfortunately when we look more closely at this chart, there is a possible bearish reverse flag in play. If this flag were to execute downward, the decline would be the length of the flagpole. The minimum downside target would be 25.00. The Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) in the third quarter of this year and has been declining ever since. Worse is that it is only in neutral territory and has much further to fall before reaching oversold levels.
In the shorter-term daily chart, the picture doesn't get much more optimistic. There's a lot going on here. The PMO is rising after a positive crossover in oversold territory which is bullish, but notice that it is beginning to decelerate. A PMO top below the zero line would be very bearish. Notice right before the big correction a the PMO SELL signal was generated in August, followed by the 20-EMA crossing below the 50-EMA. That generated a Neutral signal on the DP Intermediate-Term Trend Model. Why not a SELL signal? Because the 50-EMA was still above the 200-EMA at the time which implies this sector was in a bull market. However, shortly thereafter the 50-EMA crossed below the 200-EMA which generated a DP Long-Term SELL signal. The Neutral signal doesn't change; once the Trend Model generates an intermediate-term Neutral (or SELL) signal, it doesn't change until it gets a positive 20/50-EMA crossover and generates a BUY signal. To read more about the DP Trend Model, check out the article in ChartSchool.
It is hard to imagine the index reaching 25.00, but with the reverse flag shaping up and its potential execution, it is entirely possible. However, if it doesn't execute, then a bottom might well have been reached or at a minimum, the prospective downside target could be avoided.
As a student of stock market history, I'm often astonished by historical facts about market performance. December is generally a very solid month for equities and no index benefits more from this seasonal bullishness than the Russell 2000. Since 1987, the Russell 2000 has risen 24 of 27 years during the month of December, sporting a robust 42.45% annualized return. It is BY FAR the best month of the year for small caps with the second best month - April - lagging way behind with an annualized return of 19.42%.
Of the 3 negative Decembers on the Russell 2000, there was a 0.23% loss in 2007, a 0.60% loss in 2005 and a 5.72% loss in 2002. So really the 2002 year was the only year since 1987 where small caps have performed very poorly. That's 1 bad year out of 27. Small caps gained ground in December every year from 1987 through 2001. Being overly bearish small caps during December has proven to be a very poor trading strategy. So does this mean we should be ALL IN on the long side? Of course not. First of all, history is just that - history. It provides us no guarantees about future performance. But even beyond that limitation, one third of December actually is quite bearish for small caps. This may be the most amazing historical statistic of all.
For purposes of historical market performance, December can be broken down into three periods as follows:
1st through 6th
7th through 15th
16th through 31st
The performance between these these periods is staggering. Take a look at the annualized returns by period:
1st through 6th: +25.81% (up 20 times, down 7 times)
7th through 15th: -22.77% (up 5 times, down 22 times)
16th through 31st: +78.84% (up 24 times, down 3 times)
A couple more historical facts:
Remember, it was pointed out above that the Russell 2000 moved higher every year from 1987 to 2001, or 15 consecutive years. Well, consider that this same index LOST value every year from 1988 to 2003, (or 16 consecutive years!) during the December 7th through the 15th period. That is quite remarkable.
So why bring this up? Well, check your calendar because the December 7th through 15th period starts on Monday. This would be the time where we begin to see some selling, if it's going to happen in December. Here's the current technical look at the Russell 2000 as this potentially bearish period begins:
There is a long-term negative divergence still in play and a couple of key price resistance levels overhead that must be negotiated. So if the bulls are going to take charge next week, they're going to have their work cut out for them.
Over the next week to ten days, it makes sense to look for small cap stocks that have been performing well, but poised for some short-term selling. One such stock is Tessera Technologies (TSRA), part of the very hot semiconductor industry. It's beginning to show a weakening daily MACD along with an extremely overbought RSI at 80. If it sells off in the week ahead, it could become a much better reward to risk trading candidate on the long side as we wrap up 2014.
I'm featuring another small cap stock stock for my Monday Chart of the Day. This Chart of the Day is free and I'm also having a webinar this Wednesday that discusses how I scan for and analyze stocks before including them as Charts of the Day. To register, simply CLICK HERE
Chief Market Strategist
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