Sunday, June 7, 2009

Market Timing Commentary as of Friday, June 5th, 2009

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Fari Hamzei

A mixed picture at best, is one way to describe the latest US Equity Market charts and internals line-up.

And I am standing by my May 22nd short bias on SPX for Timer Digest's "Timer of the Year Competition." That being an intermediate term signal, my charts and indicators tell me to give this short a bit more time to work itself out. Here are some reasons why:

1. SP-500 Advance Decline Line Diverging (in an "M" pattern) from the Cash Index itself is trading higher (Chart 1, 2nd subgraph).
2. Volatility Indices receding again (setting up for a "W" before spiking higher - Chart 2).
3. Signs of Bond Vigilantes coming back -- TBT price action and options activity.






















Sunday, May 24, 2009

Notice of Change of Bias with Timer Digest

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Fari Hamzei


Dear Jim,
Please log me in as SHORT on SPX as of Friday, May 22nd, 2009 Close of 887.00.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend......Go Danica Go !!!



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Quick VXO (the original VIX) Update

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Fari Hamzei

In my last webinar, on May 9th, I talked about VIX/VXO/VXN complex trading below 30. But as you recall, I talked about not the absolute level of this complex, but rather, its relative level (in Sigma Levels).

As you can see from the chart below, today, we broke 30 on VXO but we did NOT get to trade at -3 Sigma Level. That level now stands at 26. That is our next goal post. A bounce from 26 should mark a short-term "maxima" in prices for this leg.

More on this and other Mark Timing Tools, this Saturday in my webinar.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Market Timing Charts Update

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Fari Hamzei

We had a few emails asking us for a quick update on our Market Timing Charts given the price action we have experienced in the last couple of days. Here they are:

Worth noting:
A) McClellan Oscillators have entered a slight oversold condition (down to less than -100 readings in three trading days).
B) SPX failed to touch its 200-day Moving Average.
C) NDX closed below its 200-day Moving Average. We talked about this possibility in our last Saturday Webinar
D) Down to Up Volume Ratios in NYSE and NAZZ were 11 and 22 to 1, respectively.



Note: Huge drop in DJ Trans and Russell 2000 to -1 sigma level. Bad leading indicator for the economy (going forward) and risk-takers (weak hands in small caps got their head handed to them).




Note: VXO bounced off -2 sigma yesterday and jumped today. Never made it to -3 sigma (our target). May Options X is here in the earnest.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Outside Bar on SPX and Rapid Deceleration of NDX Momentum

Outside Bar on SPX and Rapid Deceleration of NDX MomentumSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Fari Hamzei

These two observations, ahead of the much anticipated April Non-Farm-Payroll data to be released tomorrow at 0830 EDT, call for high level of vigilance and alertness. We discussed their ramifications in detail on the Twitter tonight.

Trade Well Tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Ord Oracle on SPX and Gold

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Tim Ord


Momentum is the name of the game for now and right now most momentum indicators are still moving higher (NYSE Summation index and Cumulative advance/decline line on chart above). Yesterday the SPX jumped through the 875 resistance and for now the 875 area made provide support. If the Momentum indicators don’t turn down for near term then the market may head to the January high near 940 level. We have draw a line from the 940 range which could turn into a Neckline of a Head and Shoulders bottom where the left shoulder came back at the November 08 lows. If the SPX tests the January highs on higher volume then that would be a very bullish development and give credit to the Head and Shoulders bottom pattern. A pull back still would be expect and could pull back down where the Left Shoulder bottom which is near 740 range. There is an old adage that says “Sell in May and Go away” and may hold true this year also. We will watch the Bullish Percent index, Summation index, Cumulative Advance/decline line and MACD closely for the next clues for a downturn in the market.


Above is the Venture Composite index ($CDNX). This index has around 528 small mining companies that are mostly small gold miners along with some small oil companies. This index is a gold proxy for small junior gold miners’ performance. In the middle window is the ratio between CDNX and XAU. When this ratio is rising is shows that the small gold miners (CDNX) is outperforming the big gold miners (XAU). In generals we expect this ratio to continue to rise for the longer term. What this ratio implies is that the smaller gold companies will outperform the larger gold companies in the months and possible years to come. However, we will wait to buy these issues until the pull back is complete. See next chart.


Above is GDX. We have labeled what we believe is the correct count for Elliott Wave. An Elliott Wave 5 was completed at the February high near 38. Currently GDX is performing a consolidation in the from of an ABC and GDX is about to start the next 5 count down in the “C” leg. The “C” should end near 27 which is also the bottom of Wave 4 and an Ideal place where normally consolidation end. From the 27 level, GDX should start another Elliott wave 5 count up that should not be less then the first Elliott wave 5 count up that started in October 08. The Elliott 5 count up from the 08 low traveled 22 points. Add 22 points to the next possible low near 27, would give an upside target to 47 at a minimum. A lot of times Wave 3 of larger degree (that is what the next wave up will be) is extended. Our view is that it will reach near 57. We still expect a pull back to possible 27 over the next several weeks so we will put off any new buys until then.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Market Timing Commentary as of Friday, May 1st, 2009

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Fari Hamzei

As we mentioned on Twitter Saturday morning, we observed that market Vols are continuing to collapse [in a ~ 5.5-week cycle]. To see this from a better perspective, this week for the first time, we have included a second "Sigma of the Vols" chart. This second chart is Weekly. It allows us to step back and see a better picture. Even though to a naked eye, it looks as if the Vols have receded quite a bed (vs. last Fall high readings), both in absolute and relative values, the true short/term undercurrents are not so clear. This week we plan to data-mine our real/time datafeed for more unusual block-trade activity and it should be a good tell. More on that issue next week in our Saturday webinar. Suffice to say, that we are reading a few NYSE large liquidity providers may have had a lot to do with this.

In any event, our first target south for the Vols shall be -2 sigma on the Weekly chart. That puts the VXO/VXN/VIX Complex at approximately a 30 marker.






As we discussed last Sunday on this Blog, this week, as expected, NASDAQ-100 (NDX) tested its 200-day Moving Average (white curve in the right hand graph in the Timer Chart below) and the 1400 psychological level. The Timer Chart also shows that the McClellan Oscillators for NYSE and NAZZ eased off by Friday May 1st Close with readings of +133 and +67 (down from +167 and 86), respectively.

What is more important is that the Bearish Divergences we continue to see develop further in Prices vs McClellan Oscillators. Somewhere in here, somehow, a catalyst will force the Prices to give in. Again, brace yourself with a of tad of O-T-M ETF Puts as a low cost insurance here for your portfolio.


As the next chart, (our WEEKLY Wyckoff) shows, the volume was lower this week than last on higher index prices. Again this is not good.

Next notice DJ Transportation Index (lower left subgraph) is flat (and parallel with its 20-week Mov Avg -- thin yellow line) here. This Index normally telegraphs market expectation of general economy as a whole 6 to 9 month hence. It is FLAT here.

The lower right subgraph, the Russell 2000 (RUT), our favorite Small Caps Index, which gives us a sense of relative risk-taking by market participants in aggregate form, has a more gradual upward sloping graph and a lower Sigma Level compared to NASDAQ-100 (NDX), right above it. Market participants are piling into big caps to seek refuge from the market risk of small caps.

THIS IS NOT GOOD AT ALL for the LONG side of the Market.

Bottom Line: We should see some indices' price retracements soon. Maybe the catalyst will be the Money Center Banks Stress Tests Results, to be released a few trading hours before the April Non-Farm-Payroll, that which is slated for release on Friday May 8th at 0830 EDT.

Trade Well This Week.....


Friday, May 1, 2009

Twitter Challenge Update

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Fari Hamzei

As the Stock Index Futures closed today, our Twitter Followers met our challenge and pushed us over the 2,000 mark.

Brasil61 won a copy of my book, Master Traders, in the ReTweeting raffle that helped us push over the top.

Thank you all.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Market Timing Commentary as of Friday, April 24, 2009

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Fari Hamzei

As we mentioned in our Saturday Webinar, we think this week the key chart is NASDAQ-100 (NDX). With the 200 day Moving Average at 1399, a test of 1400 psychological level is a given.

The McClellan Oscillators for NYSE and NAZZ began heading up again on Thursday and Friday with readings of 167 and 86, respectively. Given the intensity of the advance we have had from March 9th lows, we should NOT categorize these readings as overbought. Since the index levels are just above +1 sigma, we expect a tad higher readings this week on both these Indices and Indicators before a pullback.

Notice CIs are lit RED and in case of NDX, it still has an upward slope.


What is more important is the Bearish Divergence we continue to see in Prices vs McClellan Oscillators. Somewhere in here, the prices will give in. Brace yourself with a of tad of ETF puts a low cost insurance. Also worth noting is a slight upward bias in volume at both exchanges.

Vols are continue to get washed out of our system. That is a good sign. Again, we will go into full alert if we see a -3 or -4 sigma reading for VXO and/or VXN (see chart below).


We remain midly bullish for a few more days but one must be very alert here.

Master Tarder Jeffrey Spotts on Fox Business Channel

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Fari Hamzei

Do not miss Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey Spotts (who contributed to Master Traders) on Fox Business Channel talking about Ford Motor Co. (F)

Here is the link:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/video-search/m/22153362/time-for-a-stock-fiesta.htm

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