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Thomas Thornton

Tuesday Thoughts

Tuesday's are usually bland days.  It's not Monday where we can digest the weekend news, it's not Wednesday as we feel we are half way through the week.  Thursday's are good knowing we have the weekend in our sights.  Friday's are good because once we get past the big economic news we start thinking shutting down early.  This Tuesday we have Fed Chairman Powell speaking in front of Congress.  He's doing a decent job as usual with nothing new or market moving. 
The major indexes in the US are tired and bounced back to flat from overnight lows.  Sentiment remains elevated but off the recent highs.  One of the internal indicators I show often, the Nasdaq Summation Index is now at a 5 year high after making a 10 year low in December.  The percentage of stocks above the 10, 50, and 200 day moving average on most indexes shows the 10 and 50 day at extreme high levels while the 200 day is back to the levels seen before the market pullback in Q4.  Look out for divergences to start to develop in the coming days and weeks.
Factset put out a note showing the S&P will have a year over year decline in earnings growth and a year over year margin decline for the first time since 2016.  Ned Davis Research put out a note saying the 3 year average beat rate is running below average and that it's a positive... if we stay out of a recession.  They said it reflected pessimism in the market.  I find this statement a little odd because companies miss earnings because analysts are too positive.  Lastly I ran the S&P and NDX attribution studies from the lows from February 2016 the last significant bottom (besides last December).   My concern is that the major gains in both indexes came from the top 10 or even 5 stocks and those mega caps have been stocks that have generated the most in earnings growth too.  I expect several of the mega caps to not hit new highs this year.  

All of this says it's time to be cautious after this recent run.  Raise some cash, raise stops, hedge with some puts or put spreads or short if you can. 

US Markets

SPX bullish sentiment is at  79%

SPX daily should turn lower in the next few days

SPX 60 minute tactical time frame hit the upside wave 5 price objective yesterday

Nasdaq bullish sentiment is at 69%

NDX Index should turn lower in next few days

NDX 60 minute tactical time frame watching this trend line

Nasdaq Summation Index is an internal indicator that is a mix of breadth and volume.  It is now at the highest level in 5 years after being at the lowest level in 10 years.  Hard to see this continue but keep in mind this typically starts to fall ahead of the indexes

Dow Jones Industrial Average needs a price flip down

IWM Russell 2000 actually down a little more than the other indexes

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Earnings growth and Margins

Peak profit margins after the sugar high tax reforms

EPS earnings continue to drop so lets see how the beat rate is in April after the big drop.  

Ned Davis EPS beat rate < 3yr Avg.  This actually makes me more nervous

Attribution from 2/8/16 with the SPX and NDX shows the leaders and % of what the attribution within the index.   AMZN was over 30% last September of NDX and now it's half.  Expect this to continue to drop


IYR Reits starting to roll after a cluster of upside Countdown 13's

ITB Homebuilding should pullback as it's late in the move up

XLE Energy with recent upside Countdown 13's and slight roll

XLI Industrials with a Combo 13 but Sequential still pending

Consumer Discretionary with some Countdown 13's

Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence Monthly chart had recent upside exhaustion signals but it did bounce in on today's reading.   Tops tend to take time

PPO Monitor - Percentage Price Oscillator

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Today's highlights: seeing some weakness and a lot below the intraday VWAP.  Supply coming in.


US Dollar bullish sentiment is at 63%

US Dollar Index still in a tight range.  Watch 95.57 support

Euro bullish sentiment is at 23%

Euro Spot nothing to do here

British Pound Sterling in wave 5 now on the upside.  

China Yuan could make a direction change in the next couple days

European Markets

Euro Stoxx 50 with a Combo today

Global Markets

EFA MSCI Index ETF with a Countdown 13 and Setup 9 today

EEM Emerging Markets ETF should pull back here

Nifty 50 Index in India still sideways despite the geo political tension with Pakistan

Asian Markets

Nikkei should roll over here

China / Hong Kong FXI ETF upside Countdown 13.  Sell

Crude and Natural Gas Update

Crude bullish sentiment is at 77% and still needs to consolidate

WTI Crude Futures should back off a little more

Natural Gas bullish sentiment at 52% and it's make or break now

Natural Gas continues to trade well after recent downside Countdown 13.  Positive seasonality in March is ahead

Gold Update

Gold slight roll over.  I expect a move at least to the 50 day

Bond Update

Bond bullish sentiment is at 73% still elevated

US 10 Year Yield sideways still


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