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S&P 500 Review

In our office, we’ve been using the Fusion IQ quant system for so long, we know it inside out. We use it as the basis for our institutional trading and published research (up ~10% for the year).

Subscribers have asked us to include our market and stock commentary — beyond the pure neutral software application. In addition to the tools index rankings, there is also an “S&P 500 Marketometer” — an intermediate term gauge of the S&P 500’s internal health. We use this as the basis of our own market review. As requested, we include our own application of the quantitative equity ranking system. This means in addition to the equity, index and sector work, we upload our own technical and macro commentary, too.

My partner Kevin Lane

is a well regarded technical analyst who built his reputation
recommending Enron and Tyco be shorted long before it was fashionable. He is usually the yin to my yang, bullish to my bearishness. Here is his most recent technical commentary about the S&P500:


S&P 500 Index (SPX) – Daily Chart (1999 to Present)


As seen above the S&P 500 broke through what was once a solid support area (green lines and maroon dotted circle) in the last few days of trading last week and continued falling.  This support break was critical as it sent a message to market participants that this corrective phase is not yet over.  The next support zone for the S&P 500 now comes into play in the 1,015 to 960 zone (blue dotted lines).  At these lower support levels, particularly the 960 level, we would likely see a powerful rally set up as the S&P 500 would hit support while also being deeply oversold and more than likely have absorbed a massive selling purge.  These aforementioned factors along with a likely new 10-year high in the VIX (if this lower support level is hit) would suggest negative sentiment had peaked.

Trend, Breadth and Momentum are all bearish; Liquidity is bearish to neutral. The only element that is remotely bullish is Sentiment.

As we said to clients early last week (prior to these supports being violated) market internals and momentum were all very negative and the path of least resistance would remain down.

This still remains the case.

Category: Index/ETFs, Markets, Quantitative, Short Selling, Technical Analysis

Kraft Foods to Replace AIG in Dow

Wow, that didn’t take long . . . effective September 22 (Monday).

AIG, which joined the Dow in 2004, is the latest in a series of disastrous Dow picks: Microsoft, Intel, and Home Depot . . .


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Category: Index/ETFs, Markets

The S&P 381 and Other Oddities

Category: Index/ETFs, Markets

S&P500: Better than BRICs!

Category: Index/ETFs, Investing, Markets, Trading

When Does GM Get Kicked Out of the Dow, part II

Category: Financial Press, Index/ETFs

Barron’s Asks: Bear Market Rally?

Category: Index/ETFs, Technical Analysis, Trading

Odd Data Point: Tech Passes Finance in SPX

Category: Earnings, Finance, Index/ETFs, Markets, Valuation

Updating the Dow (top ticking Energy?)

The editors at DJ have made a few changes to the venerable index: Out are Honeywell (HON) — which I have owned since the GE deal fell apart, and Altria (MO) which I sill have a small position in from the late litigation era.

In are Chevron (CVX) and Bank of America (BAC), which I don’t. The charts  of the buy and sell signals below are rather interesting.

The adds of Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT) late in 1999 top ticked the tech boom. Will the Chevron add do the same for energy?

Here’s the WSJ:

"Dow Jones & Co. announced that Bank of America Corp. and Chevron Corp. will replace Altria Group Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. in its benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average effective Feb. 19.

The change is the first in four years and reflects the index’s continued shift away from industrial firms and into other sectors such as energy and financial services.

Excluding thinly traded Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Bank of America and Chevron are the two biggest U.S. companies by market capitalization which currently aren’t in the Dow industrials."

Interestingly, I noticed our ratings on both drops were "Neutrals"; the adds were split: BAC was a buy, CVX was a sell . . . charts after the jump.

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Category: Index/ETFs, Markets, Technical Analysis

Russell Indices Rebalance Today

Category: Index/ETFs, Investing, Trading

Crude Remains Strong Despite Inventory Build

Category: Commodities, Energy, Index/ETFs, Psychology, War/Defense