Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stock Market Update 10-29-13 and Energy Stock Commentary

2 Hour MACD bearish divergence
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This chart is a 2 hour chart of SPY with a MACD underneath.  Prices are making new highs here but with the MACD developing a divergence pattern which is suggestive that we may soon be in store for a minor sell off.  The initial big thrust off the October low may be about over, so it may be more sensible to wait for a sell off of a couple days prior to looking at establishing new long positions.

In the larger context here I want to note that the stock market could be in a very bullish position at this point.  The weekly time frame bearish divergence pattern on the technical indicators that we saw at the September highs has now been invalidated with a breakout to yet higher highs.  And markets at new all time highs tend to perform very well for the most part.  There is no overhead resistance and so momentum can continue upwards for a considerable time on low or declining volatility.

Additionally keep in mind that the annual cycle for stocks historically is most bullish from November through April.  So we are just entering the time of year that typically provides a tailwind for stocks.  Certainly at this point a break of the October low would be a negative technical factor and not at all in line with what I think would be a typical longer term bullish scenario.

What my suggestion is here is that we remain intermediate to long term bullish here on stocks until there is a NEW weekly time frame bearish divergence pattern that develops on the technical analysis of the stock indexes.  Also, clearly the Nasdaq has been the leader on the rally and I don't see any great reason why we shouldn't expect that it will remain so as long as stocks are advancing.

Oil prices have cleared the breakout stop levels on the chart
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I would also suggest that energy and commodity stocks may be ready to get going to the upside here as well.  Crude oil has corrected in line with historically normal corrections in a bull market and from a charting standpoint has made a very interesting flush below multiple highs from the past year.  This has the looks of a major stop running point on the chart and I would not be surprised if the correction has bottomed already or maybe has one more slight lower low before marking a major low that will hold for months and probably kick off a big rally.  The chart above shows a green line at the lowest of about 5 breakout points around the $100 level over the last year.  Price has now come back below that in essence stopping out standing sell orders at or above all those minor breakout points, and in doing so has formed a very nice dual time frame stochastics buying set-up which has already triggered on the daily chart.  I have talked about this stop clearing tendency several times over the years and it doesn't get much more apparent than this on the charts.

If you want specific stock recommendations for potential energy/commodity plays, I would suggest subscribing to my Harmonic Trading Stock Selection service.  Already we have some nice paper profits in FSLR, EXK, and BAS which are currently active trades.

Additionally you are welcome to review the video I posted on YouTube on 8-23-13 detailing FTI, X, FSLR, PWE, SPN, APA, BAS, and CENX as buying set-ups and you can look at where they are now overall.  And I believe that some of these are just getting warmed up seeing as oil has been correcting for nearly 2 months.  If/when oil turns up, I'll bet you a dollar and ten cents that we see these types of stocks move up very nicely on average.

If you are more interested in learning the multi layered analysis behind these types of trades so that you can make selections on your own, then I would suggest taking my stock trading and mentoring course which is the best way I can personally help you become a better trader at this time.

All the best

Pete Birchler

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