November 23, 2014 Strength In Numbers

12-23-2013 Cover Graphic

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For more background on this report, the Strength In Numbers powerpoint further explains what I am building here.  Previous reports can be read here.

Macro Relative Strength

11-21-2014 Intermarket ETF RS Rankings

Intermarket ETF on FINVIZ

11-21-2014 Equity Size & Style ETF RS Rankings

Size & Style on FINVIZ

The major indexes performed well this week for the most part.  $IWM decided to add some excitement by looking like it wanted to rollover, but by the end of the week, it was right back where it started.  I am still not excited about the $UUP being at the top of the list, but equities and especially commodities don’t seem afraid of its strength right now.  I still feel the dollar is due for some corrective action, but each time it looks like it is starting, we get some event to shoot it back to the highs.  As of now, the daily chart looks to be breaking out of a flag, so no telling when it will get some rest.  Like I said, as long as equities and commodities aren’t afraid, why should I be?  US equity strength has moved back towards large companies in the last couple of weeks after Small caps led off the bottom.  This is not unusual, but still needs to be monitored.  After resting for a week or so, $IWM reversed hard on Thursday and will need good follow through to pick back up some steam before testing the 120 level.  This still looks solid overall in a relative strength basis.  We do want to watch small caps for clues as December is one of their best months seasonally, so if we do see expanded weakness in $IWM, it would be a warning the end of the year could disappoint.  That is not my main scenario, but one we should keep in mind just the same.

Universe Breadth

Universe of 3,070+ stocks from 10 custom broad sectors and 49 subsectors.  Universe contains only stocks (that are both optionable and shortable) with no Preferred stocks, CEFs, ETFs, or UITs to skew the breadth measurements.  There is a breakdown of the universe in the powerpoint presentation link at the top.

The New High-New Low Differential11-21-2014 Universe NHNL

The Advance Decline Line11-21-2014 Universe AdvDecLine

The McClellan Indicators11-21-2014 Universe McClellan

The Moving Average Breadth11-21-2014 Universe MA Breadth

Breadth Thrust Indicator11-21-2014 Universe BreadthThrust

Percent Days11-21-2014 Universe Percent Days

Nothing like a little flagging to regroup before challenging the highs.  It is a great way for markets to prepare before attacking an important zone.  The Universe has not made new highs yet like many of the the Indexes have.  It is one of the reason I am not worried about the divergences yet, but that is a different discussion.  I was expecting the first big challenge of this rally to come as we challenged those highs.  This may still happen since what we saw the last week or so wasn’t much pressure.  That said, it may not have moved price down a whole lot, but it did serve to reset some of the shorter term breadth indicators.  However, it may be even more important to note that the long term breadth indicators continued to improve over the last couple of weeks which is very important.   The NHNL Differential signal count is now officially reset.  The 30sma moved back over zero and is now rising at a decent clip.  The Advance Decline Line is probably the most concerning, but until the Universe makes a new high and the indicator doesn’t, forming a divergence, I am not too concerned.  The McClellan Summation index flexed a little this week as the shorter term Oscilllator moved back to test the flatline, but as you can see, the Oscillator is passing the test and the second half strength pointed the Summation back higher.  The McClellan Oscillator and Breadth Thrust Indicator are both acting very well in this.  So, we have the short term indicators pulling back orderly out of overbought and holding near the midline, the Intermediate indicators flexed a bit, but have not shown any real weakness in the last two weeks, and the longer term indicators are still improving during the rest.  This is a solid setup and doesn’t give us many reasons to doubt the markets right here.

Broad Sector Breadth

This can give us a first level view of the flow within the broader market.  It is a true measure of the markets’ breadth.  For this section, I have posted the Breadth Dashboards for the indicators I use.

Broad Sector Advance Decline Line11-21-2014 BSec AdvDec Line Dashboard

Clicking on this section will go to a page with the dashboards for the broad sectors like above as well as all the Subsectors dashboards.

Broad Sector Moving Average Breadth11-21-2014 BSec MA Breadth Dashboard

Broad Sector McClellan Charts11-21-2014 BSec McClellan Dashboard

Broad Sector Breadth Thrust11-21-2014 BSec Breath Thrust Dashboard

The New High – New Low Differential11-21-2014 BSec NHNL Dashboard

The sector world performed well this week even in the midst of the early small cap weakness.  Overall, this internal action still looks promising.  While most sectors saw the breadth cool off over the last couple of weeks, we saw Basic Materials and Energy continue to firm up.  I have mentioned this possibility for a couple of weeks now as these sectors can often run in a non-correlated state versus the rest of the markets.  The most important part of the strength in these commodity sectors to me is the fact that they performed well this week in the face of a continually rising $UUP.  They still have a long way to catch up, but if they can continue with action like this, the gap between them and the rest of the sectors can narrow quickly.  Of course, we can’t take our eyes off the rest of the sectors as many of them are in a spot where the short term indicators have cooled off enough to start another leg higher.  Many of the McClellan Oscillators look set up to move back higher after testing the flatline this week.  One idea to combine short with long term would be to look for sectors with McClellan Oscillators that are reversing higher from near the midline that also are seeing more leadership action in the NHNL Differential.  It looks like many of them are back to neutral short term and ready for another go at it.  If I have to throw in a concern, it would be seeing some of the McClellan Summation Indexes hinting at a rollover.  If that were to happen, it would not be good, but if the Oscillators have their way, the Summations will crook back higher soon like the Universe did this week.

I am a big believer in confluence and have struggled for a while on how to better see when the breadth indicators are showing it.  I have created some new charts to help better view when we have such breadth confluence for a potential washout or reversal signal.  Check out the Breadth Compilation Page and let me know what you think.

Sector Relative Strength Rankings

First, I look at the Custom Indexes and see what they are telling us on a price weighted basis.

11-21-2014 Broad Sector CI Relative Strength 11-21-2014 Subsector CI Relative Strength

Next, I look at a Broad Sector ETF Proxy which I use Vanguard ETFs to make sure things are similar and for some trade-able ideas.  Below that is the Equal Weighted version for comparison.

11-21-2014 Sector Proxy ETF RS Rankings 11-21-2014 Sector Proxy EW ETF RS Rankings

This will differ a little due to the different make-up of the Capitalization Weighted ETFs.   If you click on the table (or here), it will take you to a page that will go much deeper into the Sector ETF Relative Strength.

Top 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings11-21-2014 Top 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings

Top 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings on FINVIZ

Bottom 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings11-21-2014 Bottom 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings

Bottom 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings on FINVIZ

Of course, Health Care is not done, but Consumer Discretionary continues to improve starting with Restaurants and Leisure, to Retail, and now to Home builders.  It looks like we are seeing some confidence in the US consumer show up in the markets at the moment.  This was not a week for huge movement in rankings, the largest drops in relative strength was Financials on one list and Technology on another list.  These sectors have shown solid strength off the lows, so this might just be the entry point some are looking for into year end.  That is, unless they are more interested in calling another top.

Final Note:  The broader markets as depicted by this Universe have been resting for a couple of weeks up until the middle of this week when small caps kicked it back into gear.  I have to call it rest, because we really didn’t see much in the way of pullbacks, but many ETFs and stocks out there have formed very good looking setups after the brief pause.  These markets want more and are likely to get it even if we see a little more flattish action over the next couple of weeks.  I would continue to concentrate on strong setups with the internal market structure looking very solid after the recent move.  Many are saying too far too fast (I have even thought it myself for fleeting moments), but most of the measures I use to gauge that are just not confirming it.  The rotation continues to happen internally keeping the broader averages firing on all cylinders.

Have a great week!

G. Thomas Lackey Jr, CMT CFP®

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The Nitrous Scan 11/21/2014

ETF Nitrous Scan11-21-2014 Nitrous ETF Scan

ETF Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

The Nitrous Scan11-21-2014 The Nitrous Scan

The Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

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November 21, 2014 Relative Strength Scans

11-21-2014 Intermarket RS11-21-2014 Sector RS 11-21-2014 GT500 BestWorst RS

GT500 Best RS and Worst RS on FINVIZ

There are many valuable ways to look at Relative Strength; some of my favorites are patterns of strength and weakness, and big RS movers over short periods.  The movers list also gives clues of rotation through large point moves and clustering.  This is just a starting place for your research, so get to it!

The explanation of my methodology is here

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November 21, 2014 RS Movers

11-21-2014 Sector RS Gainers 11-21-2014 Sector RS Losers 11-21-2014 GT500 RS Gainers

GT500 RS Gainers on FINVIZ

11-21-2014 GT500 RS Losers

GT500 RS Losers on FINVIZ

There are many valuable ways to look at Relative Strength; some of my favorites are patterns of strength and weakness, and big RS movers over short periods.  The movers list also gives clues of rotation through large point moves and clustering.  This is just a starting place for your research, so get to it!

The explanation of my methodology is here

If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
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The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

The Nitrous Scan 11/20/2014

ETF Nitrous Scan11-20-2014 Nitrous ETF Scan

ETF Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

The Nitrous Scan11-20-2014 The Nitrous Scan

The Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

More about how I came up with this scan here and here.
If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
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There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

November 20, 2014 RS Movers

11-20-2014 Sector RS Gainers 11-20-2014 Sector RS Losers 11-20-2014 GT500 RS Gainers

GT500 RS Gainers on FINVIZ

11-20-2014 GT500 RS Losers

GT500 RS Losers on FINVIZ

There are many valuable ways to look at Relative Strength; some of my favorites are patterns of strength and weakness, and big RS movers over short periods.  The movers list also gives clues of rotation through large point moves and clustering.  This is just a starting place for your research, so get to it!

The explanation of my methodology is here

If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
(All market data above are derived from Stockcharts.com, Esignal, and Reutersdatalink)
The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

The Nitrous Scan 11/19/2014

ETF Nitrous Scan11-19-2014 Nitrous ETF Scan

ETF Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

The Nitrous Scan11-19-2014 The Nitrous Scan

The Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

More about how I came up with this scan here and here.
If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
(All market data above are derived from Stockcharts.com, Esignal, and Reutersdatalink)
The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

November 19, 2014 RS Movers

11-19-2014 Sector RS Gainers 11-19-2014 Sector RS Losers 11-19-2014 GT500 RS Gainers

GT500 RS Gainers on FINVIZ

11-19-2014 GT500 RS Losers

GT500 RS Losers on FINVIZ

There are many valuable ways to look at Relative Strength; some of my favorites are patterns of strength and weakness, and big RS movers over short periods.  The movers list also gives clues of rotation through large point moves and clustering.  This is just a starting place for your research, so get to it!

The explanation of my methodology is here

If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
(All market data above are derived from Stockcharts.com, Esignal, and Reutersdatalink)
The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

The Nitrous Scan 11/18/2014

ETF Nitrous Scan 11-18-2014 Nitrous ETF Scan

ETF Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

The Nitrous Scan11-18-2014 The Nitrous Scan

The Nitrous Scan on FINVIZ

More about how I came up with this scan here and here.
If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
(All market data above are derived from Stockcharts.com, Esignal, and Reutersdatalink)
The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation

November 18, 2014 RS Movers

11-18-2014 Sector RS Gainers 11-18-2014 Sector RS Losers 11-18-2014 GT500 RS Gainers

GT500 RS Gainers on FINVIZ

11-18-2014 GT500 RS Losers

GT500 RS Losers on FINVIZ

There are many valuable ways to look at Relative Strength; some of my favorites are patterns of strength and weakness, and big RS movers over short periods.  The movers list also gives clues of rotation through large point moves and clustering.  This is just a starting place for your research, so get to it!

The explanation of my methodology is here

If you like what you see, follow me on StockTwits or Twitter.
(All market data above are derived from Stockcharts.com, Esignal, and Reutersdatalink)
The information set forth herein was obtained from sources which we believe to be reliable, but we do not guarantee its accuracy.  Neither the information, nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by us of the purchase or sale of any securities or commodities. I or my affiliates may hold positions or other interests in securities mentioned in the blog.  Full Disclaimer
There is no guarantee that the views expressed in this communication will become reality,  Investing in the stock market involves risk and potential loss of principal, Investment strategies should be thoroughly researched and understood before implementing and none of this should be construed as a recommendation