Markets start lower, find some buyers and close basically flat for the day. Why the negative open? Simply put… China was the blame. The data relative to exports declined 18.1% in February for year-over-year numbers versus gaining 6% as expected, and that didn’t sit well with global investors to start the trading week as China (FXI) dropped 1.5% on the day. The ripple effect into commodities like base metals (DBB) was felt as well.
Emerging markets (EEM) obviously reacted to the news from China as well on the day. EEM fell more than 1% to start the day and settled on support at the $38.95 level to close at $39.25. We have been watching for a move above resistance at $40.15 , but for now looking to hold on short term from breaking lower.
Another warning sign in the headlines today was the talk of margin debt levels hitting new highs. This has been an issue for the last year, but it is back on the top of the worry pile with the release on Monday.
Apple released the iOS update with CarPlay and now we see how the acceptance and usage plays out going forward. The upside impact is still pending acceptance. The critics are many, but only time will tell how successful the new launch will be. We still own Apple as a trade opportunity short term.
Manage your risk today as back and forth bantering remains direction in stocks. Plenty of issues on the table and any one could be a catalyst as we remain in a news driven market currently.
Sectors to Watch:
- S&P 500 index closed at the previou high of 1878 and held the move above the 1850 mark. The challenge remains consistent with the economic/fundamental picture versus the technical trends. Watch how the index responds to the news from China and other issues. Investors must deal with their emotions relative to the outlook. Support remains 1810 and for now.
- The NASDAQ struggled to get back to even on Monday and the downside risk remains in play for now. How we progress this week will give a better indication of the near term direction. 4225 is the level for support short term. Watch for technology to regain the leadership role this week or the index may struggle.
- Dow made a move lower to start the day and manged to move back above the 16,400 mark and hold for now. It is still lagging the other indexes, but it is beginning to play catch up. Financials are helping the index make a move as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan both have a bottom reversal. For now patience as this plays out.
- Russell 2000 Small Cap index jumped to a new high last week and then traded sideways as buyers contemplate the risk/reward of the current market. Held the move above the 1181 mark and looking for leadership this week to continue. For now we will hold our positions and adjust our stops on the move higher.
- Europe (IEV) is trading in unison with the US markets and tested the $47.70 mark as support for now. The uncertainty in the US is hitting the global sector as well. The key will be how the US markets advance this week. Adjust your stops according to risk currently.
- Transports (IYT) made the move above $135.50 last week, and closed at a new high. Tested and held the move higher on Monday. Look for transports to continue working north.
- Consumer Services (XLY) pushed through resistance with entry at $65.50. Getting leadership from the sector and watching to see if it continues. We do have retail sales data out for February and it could stall the move if it is disappointing. Stop now is the entry point on the trade to manage the risk.
- Financials (XLF) the follow through on the move above the entry at $21.65 level. The climb to $22.37 on the close Friday puts the leadership from the sector back in to play. Watching as we attempt to hold this level on the trading week.
- Real Estate (IYR) has now become a worry with a new high established, but then selling on interest rates working higher. Barely held above the $68 level on the close and we will watch how to manage the risk of this position moving forward. $67.50 exit point in play.
- Bond yields have bounced off the low again and put bonds in position to pullback again from the move higher. TLT is showing double top and a move back near $106 is not out of the question. Thus, TBT shows a double bottom pattern worth watching. ONLY ETF Model.
Pattern Trading Setup:
- SBUX – entry $75.20. double bottom. Consumer sector.
- CBB – entry $3.75. Cup and handle. Telecom. Patience required in this sector.
- AMZN – entry $375. Breakout follow through back to $400.
- JPM entry $59.55. Breakout follow through, double bottom. financials. If tests back to $58.44 and holds take lower entry.
Pattern Trade Tracking & Follow Up:
- FIO – entry $11.50. Breakout trading range. technology. Stop $10.85.
- VTSS – entry $3.82. Consolidating after move higher. Semiconductor. Stop $3.70.
- NEE – Entry $91 on the test of the breakout at $90. Held took the entry Friday. Utilities are struggling, watch the downside risk and push stop to the $90 mark.
- HPQ – entry $30.25. (post 3/5) Trading range breakout. Looking for upside move with tech sector. Stop $29.70.
- AAPL – entry $532. Downtrend break. Held support and potential move on new product introduction. Stop $523.
- KOG – entry $12.15. Trading range. Small move higher and then consolidation. Looking for breakout in the energy sector. Stop $11.65
- PFE entry $32.05. Ascending triangle. Pharma. Positive analyst reports on stock of late. Stop $31.40. Nice upside follow through on Tuesday.
- RF entry $10.50. Breaking from consolidation. Financials. Confirmed on the upside. Stop $10.20. Nice upside move from the bank finally.
- TQNT entry 9.37. Flag on break higher. Looking for continuation of the upside move. Semiconductor. Stop $11.50. Gap higher and still moving higher, adjust your stop.
- FTK entry $24.75. Flag continuation of uptrend. Energy sector moving higher. Stop $24.25. Nice move higher on Monday and follow through on Tuesday to break to new high.
- VIPS entry $106.50. Break higher from consolidation wedge pattern. Stop $155. Gap up of 32% on Tuesday! Earnings and target upgrade on stock.
- SPY entry $178. Bottom reversal. Broad market index in position to bounce. Stop $183.90.
- FANG entry $54. Ascending triangle breakout. Test and move higher. Energy sector. Stop $62.10. HIT STOP
- QQQ entry $85.10. Move through resistance and follow through on bounce off support. Stop $88.80.
- BHI entry $57.15. consolidation breakout. Oil Equipment sector. Stop $60.30. Nice break higher and expect a test of the move as follow through.
- GLD – Entry $121. Bottom reversal. Trade back to the $125 level. Took entry on move higher. Stop $128. Watching the reversal on Russia. Raised stop.
NOTE: The pattern trades above are setups that I see for a potential swing trade or short term trade opportunities. Some will fail to follow through on the pattern, some will break and trade according to the pattern. The key is to use discipline in the trades. Entry, Exit and Target on all trades is vital. I am posting these as opportunities that I see when doing scans daily. You can use them as a teaching tool or you can trade them, either way please use discipline. The best way to treat these as a learning tool is to assume a $100,000 portfolio and each positions receives a 5% allocation. If we state to take a 1/2 position as an example you would only allocate 2.5% to that position. I would use a downside risk of $500 per trade as a maximum loss. That will help you learn position sizing and risk management. All investing comes with risk. Our job as investors is to manage the risk. Keep your focus and discipline in place.
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- 2/18 – Raise stop to $58.95 currently and manage the move to the new high according to your risk. With the price moving through the top of the Bollinger bands some downside activity may be on the horizon or a continuation of the top consolidation.
- 2/19 – $16-19 billion acquisition of WhatApp pushed the stock down 2.5% after the announcement in after-hours trading. Watching to see how investors react in trading today.
- 2/24 – Continuation of the upside momentum. Plenty of news and comments on the stock, but the buyers remain confident short term. Looking at adding a trade on the stock with options. Watch to see how it trades today.
- 3/1 – rolling top? Watching to see how this plays out short term and will look for a hedge on the remaining position this week. Raise stop to $63.75.
- 3/5 – Target upgrade and stock runs higher on the move. Move stop to $65 and what how this plays out from this point patiently.