Research Notes for July 22nd


Markets traded in negative territory all day on Monday. Earnings from IBM lead the downside move for the Dow and the overhang on the broader markets was felt as well. The after-hours reports on Tuesday did little to eliminate the sentiment about some of the weaker earnings reports. How today unfolds in response to the news is the key looking forward. Do investors believe in the growth story or do they react to the data and emotions being displayed by facts?

Here is where we have to take the recent runs higher and balance them with the outlook. Investors nerves are frayed and that puts me on the defensive on each move higher. Willing to book some profits and see how it unfolds.

Have a great day!

FYI: I am home from traveling, Wednesday, July 22nd resumes the updates tonight and in the morning! Thanks for allowing me some R&R! Now have to work hard to make money to pay for what the family spent! 

NOTE: The following are things to watch and evaluate during¬†the trading day…

  1. Retail (XRT) the consumer services sector (XLY) broke to new high and retail cleared the $100.25 resistance level, but tested on Friday. Watching for opportunity to buy, held off on Thursday as it hit the entry in the last hour of trading. Entry $101.75, but entry on test is more attractive. Negative sales report has not turned the sector negative. Broke the $100.25 support? Watching how this unfolds. 
  2. Cyber Security (HACK) Tested lower and bounced off support. The entry of $31.50 is of interest if the sector can follow through on the reversal. Added position, but watching how this unfolds. If we can clear the $31.70 mark willing to add to the position on the upside move. Tested on Tuesday and watching how this unfolds. 
  3. China (FXI) bounced off the lows hit resistance near the $43 mark and is holding. The intervention from the government to “suggest” companies buyback stock and support the prices during the sell off held the mess at bay. The debt currently held by Chinese companies could be the next shoe to drop… still looking for definitive move for the country.. up or down.¬†Holding near $42.50… need upside momentum.¬†
  4. Regional banks (KRE) as discussed are volatile, but offer upside going forward as the interest rates move higher. I like the sector, but understand the volatility that comes with the issues. Sold lower on Friday, bounced on Monday??? The questions surrounding the economy and earnings are swirling… watch and see how this unfolds it will present opportunity.¬†Watch how it unfolds near term. Initial move higher on Tuesday gave up the gains to close lower? Still lacking follow through on the upside move.¬†


S&P 500 Index (SPY) tested the $204.50 support level and¬†resulted in a bounce off support The resistance as the previous highs is currently in place and we will watch how that unfolds this week. News remains in control, but earnings exerted some influence last week. Watching for the upside to sustain or a test lower again. ¬†Held¬†the 200 DMA and cleared the 50 DMA on upside move.¬†Gapped above the $208.50 entry point with $209.75 the next logical entry point. Stop $209. Didn’t hit new high and watching for upside follow through. However, that is not a given based on past experiences of late.¬†

NASDAQ 100 Index (QQQ) Closed at a new high¬†to end the¬†week. Hit the entry point $109. The stop is $111 currently. Technology was the leader on the upside relative to earnings. Semiconductors still look weaker than the index itself. Practice patience and risk management with the sector as it is leading… others could pull it back.¬†Held despite some selling in stocks, but the upside opportunity remains. After-hours earnings may way on the results today.¬†

Russell 2000 Index (IWM) Managed to bounce back above the $123.75, but there is plenty of convincing to be done if the upside is going to resume. Willing to add a position if it moves through the $124.50 with some confidence. Stop $123.70. No moving with any conviction currently. Still no upside follow through and tested lower. 

Volatility Index (VIX) made it to the high at¬†19.5 and¬†then closed at 11.95 on Friday. Now that is volatility at it’s best. SVXY trade has done well… stops are must as we look for some volatility to return as earnings announcements continue this week.¬†Holding near the low and the overbought conditions are in place… watch.¬†

Transportation (IYT) Moved back to¬†the¬†$148.50 level, but can’t find any momentum above this level. If we do, it would be worth the trade on the upside move. This is the first attempt at a trend reversal for the sector?¬†The 50 DMA crossed below the 200 DMA as technical sell and it is still in play.¬†The index is in a downtrend¬†short term. Plenty of work to be done if the upside is to resume.¬†Finally broke above the resistance line at $148.50… need follow through and volume.¬†

Dollar (UUP) The dollar sold lower, but has managed to bounce on the news around Greece and China. Dollar index (DXY) equally held support above the 95.50 mark near term. Dollar index has resumed the upside and watching how it unfolds with some settling in the global anxiety moves. Strength in the dollar remains despite small test on Tuesday.  

Crude Oil (OIL) Crude continues to move lower closing at¬†the $50.44 mark. That was a move below the¬†$51.65 support. Looking at how that unfolds this¬†week. There is still not a compelling reason to buy oil. Trade maybe. Despite all the analyst and bulls the commodity has not show upside momentum… yet.¬†Patience is what we all want least, but need the most.¬†Downside remains the move of choice?¬†


Social Networking (SOCL) Sold lower to support at $18.40 and looking at a potential bottom reversal with entry at the $19.50 level. The buying last week hit the entry point and added the positions. News driven, but trade the technical data. Stop $19.60. Still looking to clear the $20.20 mark on upside move. 

Technology (XLK) moved above the $41.90 entry point for the sector. The sector benefited from earnings last week. Semiconductors remain under pressure and building a base.. earnings will matter. Facebook (FB) broke to new high to lead the sector. Google jumped on earnings as well. Hit the entry for XLK ($42.15) positive upside move. Stop $42.70 for the position currently. Nice move higher to start the week and test on Tuesday. 

  1. FDN added position at $69.75 on Thursday’s reversal test. Leader for sector. Stop $71.50 raised to protect the gains.¬†Doji left the upside move. Watching the upside fatigue?¬†

Europe (IEV) the resolution to resolve the debt crisis with Greece is on the table. This is creating another trading opportunity in Europe. Entry $45. Moved higher, hit the entry and I like the upside if things get resolved with Greece and no more surprises near term. Some testing to end the week, but we will monitor the trade this week. Stop $44.70.  No big moves with the resistance at the $45.50 mark. 

Natural Gas (UNG) move off the near term support with a target of $15.15 if the upside can gain momentum. The entry of $13.80 is of interest if the upside is put back in play short term. BOIL is the leveraged ETF for the trading the move higher. Hit the entry and now managing the risk of the trade. Stop $13.25. Plenty of work to do to break higher. 

Financials (XLF) remains challenged by the uncertainty issues. But, the Fed is committed to hiking interest rates and the longer term view is to own the sector. You have to be willing to stomach the volatility and add to the position on weakness. Moved back above the $24.50 mark gave¬†opportunity to add to positions. $24.70 entry.¬†Still challenged… Stop $24 on the positions for now.¬†Stalled on the day.¬†

  1. Banks moved lower and hit our stops last week. However, the upside move in the sector is still on my watch list as opportunity. KRE at the $44.20 entry would be worth adding back if it shows positive momentum. Hit entry and it¬†followed through to start the week. Stop $42.70.¬†Big consolidation wedge… looking for technical decision.¬†

Energy (XLE) is attempting ¬†to¬†bounce… exited our short trade last week. Building a bottom and potential reversal near term. So much for the one day of positive for the sector… sold lower again to end the week and broke the $73 support putting the downside back in play. ERY is the short ETF trade. $23.35 entry.¬†Hit entry and added to the position.¬†

  1. Crude oil¬†– moved lower in response to the global fear. Short side trade remains? Watching to see how this does with support ¬†at the $58 level of support (SCO). Setup for a short trade on the commodity with SCO entry at $61.50. Raise stop to $68 on balance. Sold half of position at the $70.30 mark. Stop on balance remains same.¬†¬† Down again on Monday… watching the downside break of support further or¬†find¬†support?¬†

Treasury bond (TLT) The FOMC meeting shed some light on the Fed’s intentions to hike rates prior to year end. That puts pressure on yields to move higher and bond prices lower.¬†Fear¬†was¬†driving money back towards the bonds, but that shifted to end the week. However, the bond has rallied back to the resistance at $119 mark. Upside may give some¬†opportunities on TBT… patience. $48.90 entry. We have been trading the volatility of this move the last eight weeks.¬†Testing the resistance at $119? TBT setting up for trade if the resistance holds. .¬†

Healthcare (XLV) The sector has been in a consolidation pattern which we have tracked for the last five weeks. We finally hit the entry with the move above $75.50.¬†Stop $75.50. ACA news from the Supreme Court driving some upside … IHF was the benefactor as the decision confirmed government payments to the providers. Best source of income available for the providers. Tested lower with selling, held support and moved higher. Some testing at the highs, but all is well manage the stop.¬†Holding near the high.

Consumer Discretionary (XLY) ¬†Held support at the $74.50 level and keeping¬†the trend moving higher… break above $77 would be of help for the trend to continue upside move. Trend fundamentally on the consumer is flat and that is keeping things in check for now. $77 exit point raised stop.¬†Move above $78 positive. Holding the move and testing lower on the week.¬†¬†¬†

“Vision without action is a daydream… Action without vision is a nightmare.” Japanese Proverb.