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A Little Of This, Some Of That, And Enough Is Enough

A Little Of This, Some Of That, And Enough Is Enough

There was a time when three TV channels, a handful of metropolitan newspapers, and local radio stations told us what we needed to know. True, you could buy a book or a magazine for in-depth information, but, generally, our sources were limited compared with today, which then forces the question: do we have too much information? Almond milk sales are soaring, but is it good for you? Here we...

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Can Apple (AAPL) Lead This Market Higher?

Can Apple (AAPL) Lead This Market Higher?

Since its high in March, Apple has been moving in a sideways consolidation with highs at 133.50 – 134.54 and lows at 121.63 – 122.50.  Over the same period of time the Nasdaq 100 ($NDX) has been stronger, showing an upward sloping channel.  This relationship could easily change based on Apple’s resolution of its current consolidation range. The volume-at-price histogram in AAPL reveals the...

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Dow Transports Flash Death Cross Warning Signal

Dow Transports Flash Death Cross Warning Signal

Dow Theorists— we have a problem.  It appears to be the beginning of a larger move on the larger timeframe versus the ending move on a smaller timeframe in the iShares Dow Jones Transports ETF (IYT.)  A Little Background The trouble started back in March 2015 where we started to produce lower highs after making a triple top in the $165 area.  This was the first warning sign.  The last...

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The Target Has Been Set: Nasdaq Gap Test

The Target Has Been Set: Nasdaq Gap Test

I have been wondering when the big gap test would finally start… and Tuesday was the day. In yesterday’s review and forecast I indicated that key initial support was at 4485-4491. On Tuesday morning we quickly took that level out and then ended the day with a perky bounce that is likely to retest that level from below. So, at this time, what was recently key support is now important...

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Are Stock Traders Packing It In For The Summer?

Are Stock Traders Packing It In For The Summer?

In Tuesday's article we warned that a short-term retracement was likely. In Tuesday's trading, we got it. The S&P 500 mini futures (ES) not only broke below the 20-day moving average, it dropped even lower to the 40-day exponential moving average (ema), and was heading lower still until the customary 3:00 pm rally into the close left it with a modest bounce. The market looked naked,...

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Did I Just Mention Christmas?

Did I Just Mention Christmas?

Before I get too far this morning, I need to step back just a bit, just before this past three-day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is poised to be the busiest in a decade. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) and IHS Global Insight, about 37.2 million travelers are forecasted to travel by air and road during the weekend. This would be the highest travel volume since 2005. I...

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Will Gravity Tug Nasdaq Back To Earth?

Will Gravity Tug Nasdaq Back To Earth?

Both the Nasdaq Composite and the Nasdaq 100 are probing new high territory, while the major indices look tired. Institutional funds have been flowing out of U.S. equities since the first of the year, which accounts for the choppy and lackluster performance of the major indices (the S&P is up 3.6%). That said, most institutions don’t invest in small caps or the Nasdaq 100, which is...

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This Is A Great Environment For Stock Picking

This Is A Great Environment For Stock Picking

It always strikes me with curiosity that when markets are at a crossroads we start reaching for expert opinions.  We hate uncertainty, which creates doubt and usually the wrong decision.  For so many of us being long the market has been the right decision, yet the game has to turn at some point, right?  And who wants to be left holding the bag when everyone else has cleaned house.  How do we...

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Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Let’s Stay At The Top Of The Food, Water, And Energy Chains

Humans are great – when things get rough, the smart get going. We have risen to the top of the food chain because we can think our way out of problems. Sure, it often takes a crisis to get the smart going, but once they do get a thinkin’, the problems we face get smaller. Google has developed software that can run on low-power devices and give them the ability to communicate with other...

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Nasdaq Poised To Play Catch Up

Nasdaq Poised To Play Catch Up

After some late afternoon profit-taking on Wednesday, the stage was set for a nasty megaphone pattern on the 60 min NQ chart, which would resolve down at the Weekly Pivot (4456). The only thing standing in the way was support from a High Volume Node at 4489 (red dashed line on the chart.) On Thursday, the opening 30 minute bar tested this critical area and it held. That was an all-clear...

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