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Stock Market: Bubble Continues Upwards with Hiccups

July 22nd, 2014

The big guns are playing games with usuns yanking the Market Indexes around.  Most have decided to stay this round out unless they are very adept at very short term plays both upwards and downwards.  Look what just happened a few days ago when the S&P 1500 dropped 6.3 buckets down in one day only to go up 5.5 the very next day…net result is game playing.

Hiccups Picture

The RUT, Midcap, and Small Cap stocks have taken the brunt of the hit and are the laggards, but the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ are still near new highs, i.e., we continue to have a biforcated market:

Hiccups Indexes

However, the tell-tale news is that the Accumulation : Distribution Ratio A+B:D+E has deteriorated to Stalemate:

Hiccups abcde

Our Favorite picture shows the Bubble Hiccup very well and it has been two months since we had a similar fracas:

Hiccups Pat

…And the twin picture to the above also shows the long rally of close to two months before the Knee-Jerk occured:

Hiccups Pat2

Now for some “New Good Stuff” relating to the Mid Term Presidential Cycle.  Here is a neat picture of the Largest Corrections from 1930 onwards for the Mid-Term Election Years…the 4 Year Cycle, which my good friend Bob Meagher unearthed for me.  It shows that the Median Correction is -17.12% and no wonder the pundits make a song and dance everytime this rolls around.  There have been nine times when the number has been less and 12 times where it has been greater, with the heaviest damage in 2002 of -34.69% after the bubble:

Hiccups Presidentialpng

Now let’s look at the last 24 years for both Largest Ups and Downs of more than 4% in each of those years:

Hiccups Presidential2

…And here is a plot of that same picture to give you a feel for what the chart looks like:

Hiccups Presidential3

I’m sure you are scratching your heads and saying “So What, Ian, is there a pony in here?”  Well, you know me in that my first answer is that the result is in the lap of the gods.  But I never shy away from a challenge so my next answer is that we should certainly see a -8% correction for all of the reasons I have given you in the past.  Then what?  Unfortunately, that answer depends on the state of the world in the next 3 months or so…Wars, Mexican Border, Economy and Jobs, Healthcare…the usual stuff on our plate these days.  My short response is that if it is worse than -12% who cares, as for sure most of us would have prudently hunkered down and protected our nest eggs long before then.

Chew on this fodder and if you have any bright ideas let me know what you think.

Best Regards,


Stock Market: The Bubble Continues Upwards and Onwards

July 7th, 2014

The Stock Market remains strong and continues to move upwards and onwards.  Yes, we had a pull back today with a pause to refresh, but there does not seem to be any signs of fatigue:

Upwards Picture

Looking back over the history of the S&P 1500 since March 2003, it became evident for the purpose of our needs that measuring from March to March rather than the usual Calendar Year gives us a handy picture, since both Key Market Lows were in March of 2003 and 2009, and most highs before a correction have also been in March!  Anyway, the numbers are nicely summarized for you:

Upwards History

It doesn’t take two minutes to see that we are very extended, but play along with one eye on the exits and tight stops.  We had a pullback today, but until we see a 2% drop in one day will there be any sign that there is a start to the correction in earnest:

Upwards Indexes

The Acc/Dist Ratio remains strong at 4:1, but is showing signs of peaking and is at Historical highs:

Upwards abcde

Grandma’s Pies also confirms we are in overbought territory, and it was expected we were on borrowed time for a pullback:

Upwards pies

We have had a long run of five weeks where the bulls have led the way, and today we had a pullback as we would expect:

Upwards pat

Here’s a new chart for you to digest which demonstrates that the normal cycle for %B up, down or sideways is between 12 and 16 days:

Upwards drummers

The NASDAQ almost reached its next target of 4500 before the pullback today which held at 4451.53:

Upwards Nasdaq

This next slide shows the same parameters but this time for the Composite of ALL eight Market Indexes which also shows that %B is above the Upper Bollinger Band at 1.06.  We can also see that this is the area where things peak and we are due to correct:

Upwards Composite

Now for a change in topic…the Jobs Report which is looking a lot better of late, and maybe a sign of a Better Economy to come:

Upwards Jobs

…And here is the History for the monthly Jobs Report since October 2010, which shows the recent reports are encouraging:

Upwards Jobs2

Good luck and Best Regards,


Stock Market: Protect and Grow Our Nest Eggs

June 26th, 2014

At times like these, I like to remind my supporters that my aim with this blog is to Provide Insight at Market Extremes of Fear and Greed to Protect and Grow our Nest Eggs.  We are now at an Extreme which can go up further but it is time to take stock of where we are and to show you how I manage such times:

Greed Picture

An earlier Blog Note gave you the target for the next step up in the NASDAQ of 4400, and by jove we did it:

Greed Nasdaq

For those of you who are not familiar with the term “Bongo Weekly or Daily” here are the definitions:

Greed Bongo

This next chart is worth its weight in gold, as it shows the percentages for various types of Corrections:

Greed Indexes

To simplify chart patterns, I work essentially with three basic types as shown below:

Greed Charts

Here are four examples showing entry points based on Code Blue as shown below:

Greed ACT

Greed AKRX

Greed FB

Greed TSLA

The Market Indexes have been a bit jittery these last few days both up and down, and here is a snapshot I took earlier in the day before the market closed:

Greed Indexes2

The Canaries were chirping up strongly yesterday and here is that snapshot…down a bit today.

Greed Canaries

The VIX is still behaving quiet and we have plenty of Cushion:

Greed VIX

The A+B : D+E Ratio peaked at 4.1 and has backtracked these last three days, but still strong:

Greed abcde

One of these days the markets will take a whacking, but for now they are still striving and struggling to go higher and as I showed you we are now well into Greed Territory, so play things close to your chest with tight stops.

Best Regards,


Stock Market: Will Soon Be Reaching “Bubble” Territory

June 21st, 2014

I just couldn’t resist showing you how the Market behaved as Ms. Janet Yellen was pontificating to the Senate despite all the turbulence around us with concerns of the situation in Iraq uppermost on our minds:

Bubble Picture

The Market Indexes have all reached double tops, so we either pull back again or burst out upwards next week:

Bubble Indexes

The Canaries have behaved relatively well during this period, but pausing to refresh at the moment with PCLN lagging:

Bubble Canaries

This next chart is worth its weight in gold and summarizes where the Markets stand relative to the New Highs they have just made and when you need to have taken some form of action if they all drop violently towards -8% Corrections:

Bubble Big Foot

As we would expect the Accumulation: Distribution ratio of A+B:D+E has now reached a comfortable 4:1. so good cushion:

Bubble abcde

The Markets have settled down again with %B for the Indexes all in Green Territory, with only a minor correction last week:

Bubble Indexes2

Likewise the picture of the behavior of the S&P 1500 looks equally good as we once again rise towards Overbought territory:

Bubble Pat

Grandma’s Pies Confirm the see-saw action of two months ago and the current strong performance of the last few weeks:

Bubble Pies

We are a long way from being at the lows of %B with a reading of 0.86, but when the rot sets in, it trots down fast:

Bubble Nasdaq

…And here is a similar picture for the S&P 1500…the value is in the Consistency of the Tops and Bottoms, so we can act:


Now for the Jobs Report of a week ago, where at least they are encouraging with the past four months above 200,000/mo:

BubbleJobs 1

…And here is the comparison to last year.  Since the next two months for last year are low, there is hope!

BubbleJobs 2

I trust all of this was worth waiting for?!  Enjoy.


Stock Market: A Review of the Past Three Weeks

May 24th, 2014

With Memorial Weekend upon us, I felt I should step back and recap what has transpired these last three weeks as we have moved from a Bactrian two humped Camel to a Dromedarian to the Bears winning to the Bulls and Canaries showing a new Spark of Life.  I will use many of the charts you are familiar with together with some new fodder to help us determine what to do going forward.  So let’s use four different Pictures interspersed with fodder to show us what we have endured these past few weeks:

Recap Picture

…And this chart showed the Bifurcation and the Market in Stalemate at the time, with the Nasdaq and NDX the laggards!

Recap Bifurcation

Here was the picture of the eight Market Indexes we follow which show the S&P 500 and DJIA leading:

Recap Indexes

…And to round this week out, my favorite chart shows the Turmoil of a Wibbly Wobbly Market we endured:

Recap Pat

The Theme Chart was obvious for the next week, where it signals that Type 3 & 4 Longer Term Players should hunker down:

Recap Wibbly

…And true to form, the two humped Camel turned to one, with all Market Indexes headed down with a 2:1 ratio to the downside:

Recap Pie

The Market Indexes Chart shows the dramatic drop back to support at the lower level, and concern that the Bears would win:

Recap Indexes2

The Canaries were all Gasping except for AAPL and confirming that the Big Cap NDX stocks were in trouble:

Recap Canaries

By this stage the Russell 2000 (RUT) Small Cap stocks were behaving the poorest as shown by the chart below:

Recap RUT

The underlying Accumulation vs Distribution chart was also showing that the Market was essentially in Stalemate:

Recap abcde

It didn’t take much to indicate that the Bears were winning the tug-o-war that week with all Market Indexes down:

Recap Picture3

The Buckets chart showed that the Two Humps bifurcation had changed to one with all Markets dragged downwards:

Recap Pie3

You don’t have to read the numbers to see that the Market Indexes were in Turmoil, and it seemed inevitable we were going down:

Recap Pat3

I know that some of you do a lot of work with two key features we have in the HGSI Software using the Group Performance Analysis (GPA) and the Group Inclusion Report (GIR), and here is a winky-winky to use the recent base lows to spot rotation as shown:

Recap Pat4

Would you believe it, the Big Guns decided that we were oversold, and the Market Indexes have all risen where the Bulls are back:

Recap Picture4

Inside a matter of three days Grandma’s Pies have reversed themselves from 2:1 against to 2:1 for the Bulls:

Recap Pie4

Here’s another brainwave with a new chart…use the Composite Market Indexes Price and %B to get a feel for the overall Market:

Recap Indexes3

Note how the Composite Index Price has been flat and tight for the best part of two months, and is finally hinting at a breakout.  Unlike the NASDAQ which took a beating but at long last is poking its head upwards with %B above the Upper Bollinger Band:


Would you believe it but the jolly old Canaries are perking up once again and confirming that the NDX is the leading Index:

Recap Canaries2

Finally, let’s not forget to look at the VIX and it signals you have at least a two to four day cushion to the upside this coming week:

Recap VIX

I hope you have enjoyed this long blog which gives you a flavor for how I put my blog notes together to keep you and me on the right side of the market.  Have a good Memorial Day Weekend!

Best Regards,


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