The media is full of stories about the market breaking out to new highs. The media and technical analysis websites are full of stories about Double Tops. In fact, some Indexes are now exhibiting Triple Tops. What is an investor to do? The answer is simple, stay with a systematic trading plan. Some will be right now. Some will be right in a week or two. If you follow a trading system with specific rules, it takes all this generalized characterization of the markets out of your trading. If you had 100 people in a room, I doubt if you could get all 100 people to agree that the market has a double top or a breakout. I do believe you could get all 100 people to agree that the S&P 500, SPY is above its 200 day moving average. You can also have them agree that the 53 Indexes we track in our Daily Trading Signals are above their 200 day moving average.
System Trader’s and Market Timing traders may use the 200 day Simple Moving Average as their trading plan. The 200 day moving average is basic technical analysis. It is a good market timing trading plan for active trading in indexes and ETF’s that have trend following characteristics. It can produce disastrous results if used for every stock index, ETF, or stock.
Other widely followed moving averages are the 50 day moving average and the 100 day moving average. Some money managers will use these moving averages with a shorter moving average and use the cross of the shorter moving average above or below the longer moving average to generate trading signals. The Wall Street Journal displays a 65 Day Moving Average in their charts. The goal of two moving averages and even 3 moving averages is to eliminate whipsaws that often occur with moving averages as a technical analysis indicator.
Why should you care about the signals produced with the 200 day moving average? There are so many people using the 200 day moving average, that we will often see extreme volatility in indexes when they cross both above and below the 200 day moving average. It has been reported that Endowments like Harvard and Yale use the 200 Day Moving Average in modeling their portfolios.
The below chart shows the current 200 day simple moving average condition on the 50 most actively traded ETF’s.
|Barclays High Yield Bond||Stay Long||JNK|
|BRIC IShares||Stay Long||BKF|
|Coal Power Shares||Stay Long||PKOL|
|DB Commodity Index||Stay Long||DBC|
|Diamond Trust DOW||Stay Long||DIA|
|Energy Select SPDR||Stay Long||XLE|
|Internet Holders||Stay Long||HHH|
|IPath India Index||Stay Long||INP|
|IShare Russell 2000||Stay Long||IWM|
|IShares 25 Index||Stay Long||FXI|
|IShares Australia||Stay Long||EWA|
|IShares Basic Materials||Stay Long||IYM|
|IShares DJ Real Estate||Stay Long||IYR|
|Ishares DJ Transportation||Stay Long||IYT|
|Ishares Emerging Markets||Stay Long||EEM|
|IShares Financial Sector||Stay Long||IYF|
|IShares Germany||Stay Long||EWG|
|IShares Hong Kong||Stay Long||EWH|
|IShares Latin America||Stay Long||ILF|
|IShares Mexico||Stay Long||EWW|
|IShares Mid Cap 400||Stay Long||IJH|
|IShares MSCI EAFE||Stay Long||EFA|
|IShares MSCI Japan||Stay Long||EWJ|
|IShares Pacific ex Japan||Stay Long||EPP|
|IShares S&P 500 Growth||Stay Long||IVW|
|Ishares S&P Small Cap 600||Stay Long||IJR|
|IShares Silver||Stay Long||SLV|
|IShares South Africa||Stay Long||EZA|
|IShares South Korea||Stay Long||EWY|
|IShares Taiwan||Stay Long||EWT|
|IShares United Kingdom||Stay Long||EWU|
|NDX 100||Stay Long||QQQQ|
|Oil Service Holders||Stay Long||OIH|
|Pharmaceutical Holders||Stay Long||PPH|
|PowerShares US Dollar Index||Stay Long||UUP|
|RYDEX S&P 500 Equal Weight||Stay Long||RSP|
|S&P 500||Stay Long||SPY|
|Semiconductor Holders||Stay Long||SMH|
|SPDR Consumer Descretionary||Stay Long||XLY|
|SPDR Consumer Staples||Stay Long||XLP|
|SPDR Gold Shares||Stay Long||GLD|
|SPDR Healthcare||Stay Long||XLV|
|SPDR Industrial Sector||Stay Long||XLI|
|SPDR International Real Estate||Stay Long||RWX|
|SPDR Materials||Stay Long||XLB|
|SPDR Metal & Mining||Stay Long||XME|
|SPDR Mid Cap||Stay Long||MDY|
|SPDR S&P Homebuilders||Stay Long||XHB|
|SPDR Technology||Stay Long||XLK|
|Steel Market Vector||Stay Long||SLX|
|US Oil||Stay Long||USO|
|Wisdom Tree Total Dividend||Stay Long||DTD|
You should not trade any system trading plan without proper back testing and analysis of the trading characteristics of the index, stock or ETF you are trading.
These trading signals are provided courtesy of the website you are viewing. This information should not be used without research and advice from a financial professional.
Be aware that this condition can and will change any day in the future.
We monitor the 200 day moving average daily along with a number of other system trading plans.
There is No “Holy Grail” in trading systems. Do not use the 200 day SMA or any other system trading system without proper research on the asset.
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