Week-In-Review: Stocks Bounce Back With A Vengeance

Stocks Bounce Back With A Vengeance

Last week I wrote, “The market looks like it just put in a near term low on Friday as the bulls showed up and defended the longer-term 200 DMA line.” That is exactly what happened as stocks soared last week and enjoyed their best week since 2013. I also said, “History shows us that 80% of corrections do not turn into bear markets and 20% do.” and the snap back action suggests this bull market has more room to run. Earnings are expected to grow massively and that is the big bullish catalyst that may keep this bull market alive longer-than-expected. For now, as long as February’s low holds, the bulls remain in control of this market. If support is broken, then this correction will likely get much worse. Conversely, the next level of resistance to watch are the recent highs from late January. If the market takes out those highs, that will be an incredible feat and suggest we are headed higher. Until then, I have to expect more sideways/sloppy action to continue. The market rallied hard last week and could easily pullback to digest that big run. 

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks soared on Monday as investors scooped up shares at beaten down levels. It is important to note that the previous Friday, institutions showed up and defended the longer-term 200 DMA line which set the stage for this week’s rally. There are two important factors that occur when the market snaps back from deeply oversold levels. First, there is a tremendous amount of short covering (people buy back stock to exit their short positions) and second, the buy the dip crowd shows up and buy stocks at lower prices. Stocks opened lower and closed near their highs as buyers showed up and bought the latest dip. Once again, the market opened lower on Wednesday after inflation ticked higher but the bulls showed up and aggressively quelled the bearish pressure helping it close nicely higher by the close. The big money largely flowed into tech stocks and financials as the market jumped nicely and broke out of a small head and shoulders continuation pattern.

Thur & Fri Action:

The market rallied nicely on Thursday as investors continued buying stocks. Shares of Cisco ($CSCO) rallied nicely after the networking giant reported earnings. Separately, Amazon ($AMZN) said it will team up with Bank of America ($BAC) to offer loans to merchants. Stocks were relatively quiet on Friday as the market enjoyed its best weekly gain since 2013.

Market Outlook: Market Bouncing

The market is bouncing back after a steep 10% pullback. The big level of support to watch is February’s low and then the 200 DMA line for the major indices. For now, as long as that level holds, the longer-term uptrend remains intact. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Want To Learn How To Invest? Sign Up For 1-on-1 Sessions With Adam Sarhan.

Week-In-Review: Stock Bounce After Very Tough Week On Wall Street

Stocks Bounce After Very Tough Week On Wall Street

The market looks like it just put in a near term low on Friday as the bulls showed up and defended the longer-term 200 DMA line. In the last two weeks, the market erased the last 10-week’s of gains. That, ladies and gentlemen, is not an insignificant sum and should not be taken lightly. Clearly, that is not aunt Jane and uncle Joe selling, it’s the big institutions. The market went from egregiously overbought to egregiously oversold in a few trading days. The vehemence of this sell-off is worrisome because we are still in a bull market. Imagine, what will happen when we enter a bear market. Stepping back, from a longer-term point of view, a nice steep correction would do wonders to restore the health of this very strong unabated bull run, it is way overdue. History shows us that 80% of corrections do not turn into bear markets and 20% do. So, if this one turns into a bear market, then we will adjust and be ready. History also shows us that markets do not top out overnight, instead tops take time to form. For now, we know the overtly strong bull market has cracked and the crazy “buy at any price” mentality is gone. That may come back, but for now, patience is paramount.

Mon-Wed Action:

The stock market imploded on Monday as sellers regained control of the market. At one point, the Dow was down 1,500 points and the S&P 500 turned negative for the year. That followed Friday’s 666 point shellacking. The financials and energy sectors were the worst performing sectors and dragged the market lower. Ray Dalio, the largest hedge fund manager in the world, tried to calm markets and said these are just ‘minor corrections,’ still lots of cash to buy the dip.” The damage over the past few days has been severe and should not be taken lightly. Stocks jumped 567 points on Tuesday as the bulls tried to regain control. On Wednesday, the Dow jumped nearly 400 points before sellers showed up and sent stocks lower by the close. That was the largest intra-day reversal in 2 years and clearly shows the bears are in control.

Thur & Fri Action:

The Dow plunged 1,000 points on Thursday as sellers aggressively sold stocks all day. To help allay any concerns about the Fed tightening too fast, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said that the Fed will not raise rates before mid-2018. Interestingly, stocks are falling as earnings continue to be strong. Of the S&P 500 companies that had reported close to 80% had announced better-than-expected earnings which sets the stage for a strong 2018. On Friday, the market opened higher, fell hard, then reversed and closed higher after the bulls showed up and defended the longer-term 200 DMA line. As long as Friday’s lows hold, Friday appears to be a near term low.

Market Outlook: Market Correcting

The market is pulling back and the bulls are trying to defend the longer-term 200 DMA line. For now, as long as that level holds, the longer-term uptrend remains intact. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Hit A Wall? Not Sure What To Do In The Market? We Can Help. Don’t Go It Alone, Learn More Here…

 

Week-In-Review: Stocks Finally Pullback, Now What?

Stocks Finally Pullback, Now What?

The market is finally pulling back to consolidate its very healthy and very strong advance. Remember, markets do not go up forever and it is perfectly normal (and healthy) to see the market pullback after a very strong rally to consolidate the move. Nice orderly pullbacks are healthy and allow savvy investors to step in and buy (when the weak hands are selling). Separately, it is important to note that 200-500 point daily swings are the new “normal” for the Dow. Historically, the market can easily move 1-2% on any given day (up or down) without blinking an eye. Now, that the Dow is trading near 25k, a 1% move equals 250 points. So a 200-500 point move is not as “severe” as it used to be when it represented a move greater than 2%. Right now, the market is in “pullback mode” and I expect that to continue until the major indices trade near their respective 50 DMA lines. That is the next important level of support to watch. Ideally, for the bulls, the market will pull into the 50 DMA line, sit for a little, then move higher again.   

Mon-Wed Action:

On Monday, the Dow fell 177 points as investors were concerned regarding the 10-year treasury yields. The Dow, along with the S&P 500, posted its worst decline of the year on Monday. On Tuesday, stocks fell 362 points, which was the largest decline since August 2017, as investors continued to worry about rising yields. After Tuesday’s close President Trump delivered his first State Of The Union Address and outlined a bullish path for the future. Stocks opened higher on Wednesday but gave back most of the gains on the last trading day of January. Stocks enjoyed healthy gains in January which was the best month since March 2016. Separately, the Fed held its first meeting of the year and said it was concerned about rising inflation. That is the Fed’s way of telling the market to expect more tightening going forward. Remember, one of the primary drivers of this very strong bull market has been easy money from the Fed and other central banks. So any signs (or hints) of tightening easily spooks investors. Separately, a slew of earnings were released this week with a mixed to mostly lower reaction.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks were quiet on Thursday as investors waited for Apple, Google, and Amazon to report earnings after Thursday’s close. Apple and Google fell while Amazon rallied after earnings. Before Friday’s open, the government said U.S. employers added 200k new jobs in January, beating the Street’s estimate for 175k. A stronger than expected jobs report strengthens the case for the Federal Reserve to raise rates which spooked investors. At one point, the Dow fell 665 points as the market continued pulling back from one of the most extended/overbought conditions in history! In last week’s report, I pointed out that the Dow was 2,000 points above its 50 DMA line and 4,000 points above its 200 DMA line. At this point, the best thing the market can do is pullback into its 50 DMA line.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

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Week-In-Review: Stocks Rally On Strong Earnings

Stocks Rally On Strong Earnings

The bulls remain in clear control of this market as the impressive rally continues unchecked. There are a few important things to note: First, the market is extremely extended. Second, it refuses to fall. In fact, pullbacks last a few hours, not even a few days. Third, even stocks that gap down on earnings are almost immediately bought up which tells you everything you need to know about this very strong bull market. I’m still of the mindset that we are entering a climax run where the market just takes off and rallies into no-man’s land. Historically, a climax run occurs in the late stages of a bull market and you can easily see the market surge 50% in a few months as the buying frenzy gets out of control. We still have a slew of earnings that are coming out over the next few weeks but needless to say, in the short-term, the market is way overdue to pullback. 

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks rallied on Monday, erasing slight losses from earlier in the session, as U.S. lawmakers reached a deal that would re-open the government after it closed Friday night at midnight. Separately, earnings season is off to a good start. So far, nearly all of the big banks are trading higher after reporting Q1 results and nearly 68% of the companies in the S&P 500 that reported earnings beat estimates according to data from CNBC and FactSet. After Monday’s close, Netflix gapped up after reporting solid numbers. On Tuesday, the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hit fresh record highs as Netflix surged. The video streaming giant said it added 8.33 million new subscribers, easily beating the Street’s estimate for a gain of 6.39 million.  Netflix’s stock vaulted over +10% on Tuesday which helped the company’s market cap jump above $100 billion for the first time. Stocks opened higher on Wednesday, but sold off mid-day before rallying back into the close.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks were quiet on Thursday after weaker-than-expected housing data was released. On Wednesday, existing home sales missed estimates. Then, on Thursday, New Home Sales came in at 625,000, missing estimates for 680,000. A slew of housing stocks fell on the news. Stocks rallied on Friday after President Trump gave a speech in Davos and said U.S. is open for business. Before Friday’s open, the government said, Q4 GDP rose by 2.6%, missing estimates for a gain of +2.9%.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Hit A Wall? Want To Get More Done? Achieve More Goals? We Can Help.
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Week-In-Review: Stocks Continue To Rally As Earnings Season Begins

Stocks Rally As Earnings Season Begins

Not much changed from my comments last week. Stocks went from being overbought, to being very over-bought in a matter of a few weeks. The fact that the market refuses to fall in a meaningful fashion clearly shows you how strong the bulls are right now. Stepping back, it is important to keep a cool head and remain cognizant of the fact that the market is very over-bought and due to pullback. Buying up here, after a big move, is not prudent and it is a matter of when, not if, the market pulls back. The first important level to watch is the 50 day moving average for the major indices. Last week I noted that the semiconductor stocks ($SMH) fell while the broader markets rallied. Someone most of have been reading because, since then, Semis rallied hard and are now back above the 50 DMA line. Stepping back, the market remains very strong as we head into earnings season. Remember, in bull markets, surprises happen to the upside, not the downside. 

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks were closed on Monday in observance of the MLK holiday. Stocks gapped up over 200 points on Tuesday but sellers finally showed up and the Dow fell around 100 points intra -day before rallying back and closing unchanged. On a daily bar, that was a negative reversal which normally marks a near term high. Instead of falling, stocks rallied hard on Wednesday after Apple (AAPL) said it will repatriate billions of dollars in overseas cash and several big banks reported earnings. The Dow jumped 322 points as investors cheered a strong start to earnings season. Accordingly to data from CNBC and Reuters, most of the companies that have reported earning so far have beat estimates.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks were mixed to slightly lower on Thursday as the market paused to digest its recent (and very strong) gain. Morgan Stanley (MS) reported stronger-than-expected earnings which capped off a bullish start to earnings season from the big banks. So far, most of the big banks rallied after reporting earnings which is a bullish sign. Separately, some people were concerned about a government shut down. Congress has until Friday night to avoid a shutdown. Historically, a government shutdown leads to a short-term pullback for the market. Stocks were quiet on Friday as the market waited to see what would happen in D.C. with respect to the government shutdown. The official deadline is Friday at midnight.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. We’ve All Hit A “WALL” Before. Learn How To Break Your Mental Walls & Accomplish Your Goals…Learn More Here

Week-In-Review: Stocks Soar Ahead of Earnings Season

Stocks Rally Ahead of Earnings Season

Stocks went from being overbought, to being very over-bought in a matter of a few weeks. The fact that the market refuses to fall in a meaningful fashion clearly shows you how strong the bulls are right now. Stepping back, it is important to keep a cool head and remain cognizant of the fact that the market is very over-bought and due to pullback. Buying up here, after a big move, is not prudent and it is a matter of when, not if, the market pulls back. The first important level to watch is the 50 day moving average for the major indices. The one negative divergence that showed up on my radar last week was that the semiconductor stocks ($SMH) fell while the broader markets rallied. Semis tend to be a leading group, so I will continue to watch them closely. Outside of that, the market remains very strong as we head into earnings season. Remember, in bull markets, surprises happen to the upside, not the downside. 

Mon-Wed Action:

On Monday, stocks ended mixed to slightly lower as the market paused to digest the Dow’s strongest start to a new year since 2006. Right out of the gate in 2018, the major indices hit fresh record highs and also broke above key milestones. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed above 25,000, 2,700 and 7,000, respectively. On Tuesday, stocks rallied sharply helping the benchmark S&P 500 to enjoy the best start to a year since 1987.

On Wednesday, sellers showed up in the morning but the bulls quickly stepped in and aggressively bought stocks. At one point the Dow fell about 100 points but rallied back and ended slightly lower by the close.  The fact that the market refuses to pullback, even from very over-bought levels, tells you everything you need to know about the market right now. This type of very strong action tends to occur near a market top, not near a bottom. So just keep that in the back of your mind as this very strong bull market ages.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks rallied nicely on Thursday after Delta Air Lines ($DAL) and KB Home ($KBH) both rallied after reporting stronger-than-expected quarterly profits. Stocks rallied on Friday after several of the big banks reported earnings, and most rallied on the news. Overall, earnings are expected to have grown by 10.6% during the fourth quarter, according to S&P Capital IQ. Remember, from my point of view, the most important factor to look at during earnings season is how the market and individual stock react to their earnings.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals? Answer: Your Mental Blocks…Learn More Here

Week-In-Review: 2018 Opened With A Bang

2018 – Rally Continues

2018 opened with a bang! Not only did the major averages continue to hit new record highs, there was virtually no selling to speak of. Clearly, this is very strong action and it tells you that the bulls remain in control as sellers remain virtually no where to be seen. What does that mean for 2018? Based on historical precedent, odds favor, 2018 will be another strong year on Wall Street. In 2017, the Dow rallied +25% and that has happened ten times since 1950. Only two of those times did the market fall in the following year and it continued to rally 8 times. Out of the 8 up years, 6 of them were up double digits and the average yearly gain (after a 25% year) was +12.6%. The data suggests that 2018 will most likely be a positive year but history also shows us that volatility should pick up. Stay tuned…

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks were closed on Monday for New Years. On Tuesday, the Dow opened up over 100 points as investors opened the new year with a bang. According to Ryan Detrick, from LPL, “Does the 1st trading day of the year matter? Sounds random, but … Past 20 years, on the 1st day of a new year the S&P 500 has been higher 10 times and lower 10 times. Full year return if up the first day? +14.2%. Full year return if down the first day? -0.6%” Just some food for thought and it would surprise nearly everyone if stocks rallied sharply again this year. My clients know that, until we see any signs of weakness, I’m bullish on the market. On Wednesday, stocks continued to rally and big money flowed into nearly all areas of the market.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks rallied on Thursday as a lot of money flowed into the semi-conductor group. Most of the semi-conductor stocks were pausing for a few weeks as they consolidated a big move in 2017. For now, the move continues and tech stocks in general remain exceptionally strong. Stocks rallied sharply on Friday after the government said, U.S. employers added +148,000 new jobs last month, missing estimates for 191k.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals? Answer: Your Mental Walls…Learn More Here

Week-In-Review: 2017 Another Solid Year For Stocks

2017 – Another Solid Year For Stocks

2017 will go down in history as another solid year for Wall Street. The major averages all surged to fresh record highs as volatility remained exceptionally low. There were several bullish macro catalysts for the strong rally on Wall Street, most notably: Strong GDP, Corporate Earnings, Low Interest Rates From Global Central Banks, and the strong year ended with a big tax cut. The market remains very strong as investors continue to show up and buy every dip. The one big concern as we head into 2018 is that a lot of time has passed since we have seen a meaningful pullback or a correction of any sort. The last meaningful sell-off was in Jan-Feb 2016, since then stocks have soared. Additionally, the last bear market was in 2008-2009 which makes this the second longest bull market in history. Bottom line, the market remains exceptionally strong until we see any selling on Wall Street. 

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks were closed on Monday for Christmas. On Tuesday, the market was quiet after shares of Apple Inc (AAPL) gapped down on a report that the new iPhone X sales are sub par. The bulls showed up and defended the 50 day moving average line for Apple which is a healthy sign. Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. retailers had a good Holiday Shopping season which made up for an other wise lousy year. That news helped a slew of retail stocks to rally. Remember, retail stocks have been under pressure for the past few years as shares of Amazon (AMZN) continue to soar to new record highs.

On Wednesday, stocks closed slightly higher as utilities and real estate stocks rallied. Trading volume was very light and was one of the quietest days of the year. Big money is moving back into the beaten down commodity sector as valuations remain stretched to the downside. In a bullish note, Copper prices soared to the highest level since 2014 as investors look forward to the infrastructure plan in 2018.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks were quiet on Thursday as money rotated back into tech stocks after a few day breather. In another illustration of strength, on a monthly basis, the major averages are setting more records. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is on pace for its first nine-month winning streak since 1959 and the S&P is on track for its first nine-month winning streak since 1983. Stocks fell on Friday which was the last trading day of the year.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Want To Talk To Adam About Your Portfolio? Schedule A Complimentary Portfolio Review Here…

Week-In-Review: Santa Arrived Early; Tax Cut Sparks Big Rally On Wall Street

Santa Comes Early; Tax Cut Sparks Big Rally On Wall Street

The major indices continued to trade near record highs as 2017 winds down. So far, 2017 is on track to be the strongest year since 2013. The U.S. economy is the largest its ever been in history and continues to grow. Last week, the government said, GDP grew by +3.2% which was the strongest reading in over a year. Moreover, the tax reform bill was passed which should spark even more economic growth in the years ahead. That, in turn, should help corporate earnings continue to grow, which should lead to even higher stock prices. Remember, even with all this, the Fed still has rates at only 1.5% which is exceptionally low on a historical basis. If the economy and/or the market starts to overheat, one big concern could be tighter monetary policy from global central banks. But that is a long way off. Remember, the psychological wounds of 2008 are still felt by many people so most likely Central Bankers will continue to err on the side of easy money policies. Bottom line, this aging bull market just got a big boost and deserves the bullish benefit of the doubt until we see any significant selling show up.  

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks rallied nicely on Monday after as investors eagerly awaited a vote on the tax reform bill. The latest bill would cut corporate taxes to 21%, which is much lower than the current rate of 35%. In other news, several corporate deals helped lift sentiment. Campbell Soup announced it will buy Snyder’s-Lance for nearly $4.9 billion. Separately, Chocolate giant Hershey said it will acquire Amplify Snack Brands, the maker of Skinny Pop popcorn, for $12 per share. Finally, Oracle said it will buy Aconex — a software company based in Australia — for $1.2 billion.

Stocks were quiet to mostly lower on Tuesday as Congress moved one step closer to approving the tax reform bill. Separately, Apple fell over -1% after Nomura downgraded the tech giant’s stock. CNBC reported that tech has been the best-performing sector this year, rising nearly 40% in 2017. Stocks closed mixed to mostly lower on Wednesday after Congress passed the tax reform bill. On the economic front, weekly mortgage applications fell -4.9%, while existing home sales hit an 11-year high. After the close, AT&T & Comcast gave $1,000 bonuses to hundreds of thousands of workers which is a big boost of confidence for the economy. Separately, Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bancorp both raised the minimum wage after the tax bill was passed. Clearly, this will be a big boost to the economy (on multiple levels) and that will translate into stronger earnings and stronger global growth.

Thur & Fri Action:

Stocks rallied nicely on Thursday after more companies pledged to spend and reinvest its savings from the tax bill on higher wages. Even though job growth has been strong over the past few years, the one big missing ingredient has been higher wages. That’s why stocks rallied when, so many companies immediately said they will increase wages immediately after the tax cut was passed. Stocks were relatively quiet on Friday as investors digested a big week and looked forward to the long holiday weekend. The market will be closed on Monday for Christmas.

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Want To Talk To Adam About Your Portfolio? Schedule A Complimentary Portfolio Review Here…

Week-In-Review: Central Banks Help Stocks Hit New Highs

Central Banks Help Stocks Hit New Highs

Stocks rallied nicely last week after nearly every major central bank in the world made it clear that they will move very slowly to “normalize” rates. Additionally, politicians in D.C. made a big step to help pass the tax reform bill. Earlier this month, I wrote, the major indices are “down” for the month, but they will most probably end “higher” because we are in a very strong bull market and December tends to be a bullish month for Wall Street. So far, that is exactly what is happening. 

Mon-Wed Action:

Stocks were quiet on Monday after a pipe bomb was detonated in Times Square. Thankfully, the NYPD acted fast, have the person in custody and the situation was resolved quickly. In other news, bitcoin futures started trading last Sunday night without a problem.

Stocks ended mixed on Tuesday as the Dow jumped over 100 points but the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite ended in the red. News broke that a possible tax deal would be reached if the corporate tax rate came down to 21%. Remember, the tax cut, in its current form, takes away a few deductions that tech companies use heavily (mainly intellectual property and capital spending). But the cut from 35% to 20 or 21% is more than enough to make up for those deductions. The Fed began its two-day meeting on Tuesday. Jerome Powell is set to take over in February when Janet Yellen’s term ends. The Fed is currently forecasting it will raise rates three times in 2018. After the close, Democrat Doug Jones won the election for the Alabama Senate.

Stocks were quiet on Wednesday after the Fed raised rates (which was largely expected) by another quarter point to 1.50%, up from 1.25%. Separately, weekly mortgage applications fell -2.3% which is largely expected as rates raise. China’s Central Bank also raised their rate for money markets.

Thur & Fri Action:

Before Thursday’s open, the European Central Bank held its last meeting of 2017. The ECB said it wants to normalize monetary policy but will do it slowly. In M&A news, Disney acquired Fox. Stocks rallied on Friday as buyers showed up and continued to buy the latest “dip.”

Market Outlook: Bulls Are Strong

The bulls are back in control and the market remains very strong. As always, keep your losses small and never argue with the tape. Get Our Free e-Book: Learn How To Buy Leading Stocks…EARLY. Get It Here…