Weekend Stock Market Outlook

Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of May 10th = Uptrend

    • ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
    • Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
    • Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend

COMMENTARY
The stock market outlook continues into the second week of May in an uptrend. The ADX and price/volume signals show an uptrend, while Elliott Wave indicates a downtrend.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-10 – SPX Trendline Analysis – Daily

The S&P500 ($SPX) spent last week recovering from the prior week’s sell-off. No real change in the ADX or price/volume story. The downward trendline also remains in place, just barely, with the SPX starting the week right on the line.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-10-SPX Elliott Wave Analysis-Daily

For Elliott wave, the S&P500 is challenging the 61.8% level retracement level again.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-10-SPX Elliott Wave Analysis-Daily-b-wave

Last week, we discussed the possibility of a flat or triangle creating a shallow price decline rather than a zigzag. If Monday’s low was really the end of a subwave, then odds decrease for the plotted zigzag price targets. I’ll leave them in for this week, and lets see what market prices have in store for us.

And here’s the weekly view, going back to the last recession, for some context.

Technical analysis of weekly SPX prices

2020-05-10-SPX Trendline Analysis-Weekly

The April jobs report came and went, showing 20.5 million jobs were lost. Investors reacted with a shrug, seeming to focus more on the fact that 80% of the job losses were reported as temporary layoffs. The disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street seems to grow each day, with job/income losses in stark contrast with rising stock prices and shareholder value. Not to mention the fact that we’re at the end of a long-term debt cycle.

That’s not a recipe for success…that’s a recipe for revolt! Hopefully, cooler heads and leaders prevail.

What remains to be seen is whether the job losses lead to prolong reductions in consumer spending. Shutting down businesses means we CAN’T spend, but opening them back up doesn’t mean that we WILL spend. In the U.S., consumer spending makes up 70% of the economy, and will determine the strength of the recovery. The stock market seems to be predicting a strong recovery, with the S&P sitting ~15% off its all time high already!

As always, let price be your guide and respond accordingly.

Best to your week!

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Weekend Stock Market Outlook

Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of May 3rd = Uptrend

    • ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
    • Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
    • Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend

COMMENTARY
The stock market outlook starts May in an uptrend. The ADX and price/volume signals are bullish, while Elliott Wave indicates a downtrend.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-03 – SPX Trendline Analysis – Daily

The S&P500 ($SPX) looked ready to take on the 200-day moving average last week, but ran out of gas Friday.  Another day like that and we’ll see the ADX crossover and be back in a confirmed downtrend thanks to the Elliott Wave signal.  The good needs is that the overall ADX is still below 25, so any pullback should be really weak and/or short-lived.  Not a lot of institutional selling either.

The downward trendline I laid in last week was broken on Monday.  After the weak  price action Thursday and Friday, I think the resistance is still there, so I pivoted it to Wednesday’s high.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-03 – SPX Elliott Wave Analysis – Daily

For Elliott wave, the S&P500 pulled away from the 50% retracement level (~2792), only to run into resistance at the 61.8% level.

I made a few mistakes in my wave counts, which resulted in the wrong price targets and an incorrect signal.  Fortunately, the other two signals were correct and majority rules.  But it happens with Elliott Wave, particularly when new trends are getting started.

After some additional analysis, we just finished the a-subwave of the B-wave, and are now starting the b-subwave. Since the a-wave was 5 waves, we can expect the b-wave to be 3 waves. Typically, the b-wave of a zigzag retraces 50-79% of the a-Wave The a-wave started at 2191 and ended at 2955, for a total move of 764.

  • 50% * 764 = 382
    • 2955 – 382 = 2573
  • 61.8%* 764 = 472
    • 2955 – 472 = 2483
  • 79% * 764 = 604
    • 2955 – 604 = 2351
Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-05-03 – SPX Elliott Wave Analysis – Daily – b-wave

So the targets for completion of the b-wave are between 2573 and 2351.  If the b-wave pattern is a flat or a triangle (not drawn), I’d expect the downtrend to be shallower; may not even get to the 50% level.

Reopening the economy was on everyone’s mind last week; will they, won’t they, and if so, how much.  In the mean time, the stock market continues higher, with the S&P500 having it’s best month since 1987.  Billions of dollars of stimulus doesn’t hurt…for now.  When that bill comes due, it may be a different story.

The Fed didn’t change rates last week, and committed to keep them near zero until employment recovers and we see some inflation.

More companies stopped providing full year guidance.  More companies cut their dividends; Royal Dutch Shell for the first time since World War II!  Something for income investors to consider if they’re salivating over yields in the oil and gas industry.

As discussed companies with strong balance sheets and high demand for their products in a “stay at home” economy are doing well, relatively speaking of course.

Some balance sheet metrics to look for include:

  • Debt to Equity Ratio < 1.0 – New assets can be purchased with equity (vs. debt)
  • Cash to Debt Ratio > 1.5 – Cash from operations can cover debts
  • Quick Ratio > 1.0 – Assets (w/o inventory) are larger than debts
  • Current Ratio > 1.0 – Current assets are larger than current liabilities

Best to your week!

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Mid-week Update for the S&P500

I was studying some retracements and price targets today, and came across an issue with the Elliott Wave analysis I posted the over the past few weeks for the S&P500 ($SPX).

I’ve been labeling the recent downtrend as an A-wave with 3 subwaves (a,b,c).

This was incorrect, and is sort of a mish-mash of bullish and bearish waves and labeling.

A completed zigzag pattern has 3 waves (A,B,C).  A-wave’s have 5 subwaves (1,2,3,4,5).   B-wave’s have 3 subwaves (a,b,c).

If there were only 3 waves, then the recent downtrend completed all three waves (ABC), and the March low is the end of the C-Wave. This also means that we’re on the left side of the graph, we’re somewhere in the first wave of a new uptrend, on our way to new highs.

General Wave Counts - Motive and Corrective - Elliott WaveIf the recent downtrend was an A-Wave of a broader correction, then there must be 5 subwaves (1,2,3,4,5). This also means we’re still on the right side of the graph, we’re somewhere in the B-wave, on our way to a near-term high before heading to new lows.

The reason for my error is two-fold:  I’m still learning Elliott Wave (I don’t know what I don’t know) and most of the counts I referenced still put us in a larger bull market, so they labeled the entire downtrend ABC.

So now what?  In both cases, bull or bear, we’re looking for 5 waves up from the March low.

General Wave counts - Motive and Corrective - Elliott WaveI’m still in the bear market camp, so I relabeled the recent downtrend as an A-wave, with 5 subwaves (i,ii,iii,iv,v), as well as the first 4 subwaves ((1),(2),(3),(4)) in the current uptrend.

Current Elliott Wave count for S&P500And now that the waves and counts are fixed, we can see that we haven’t completed the a-wave of the large B-wave counterrally.

Which also means that the price targets I’ve mentioned for the past few weeks are wrong, since they were all based on the a & b waves being complete.

So now need to go back a step for potential targets.

I’ve been showing the overall retracement levels of the entire downtrend (A-Wave), and those are still valid.

Typical retracements for a B-Wave are 50-79% of the A-Wave.

The A-Wave started at 3393 and ended at 2191 for a total move of 1202 points.

  • 50% = 601 = 2792
  • 79% = 949.5 = 3140

These changes also mean that the Elliott Wave signal is in an uptrend, and has been since market open on April 7.  That’s the same day the ADX switched over, so no changes in when the market outlook switched from a downtrend to an uptrend…we just would have seen all three signals green on the 7th, rather than just 2 of 3.

Best to Your Week!

 

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Weekend Stock Market Outlook

Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of April 26th = Uptrend

    • ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
    • Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
    • Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend

COMMENTARY
The stock market outlook remains in an uptrend to start the week. The ADX and price/volume signals are bullish, while Elliott Wave still indicates a downtrend.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-04-26 – SPX Trendline Analysis – Daily

The S&P500 ($SPX) rode the 50-day moving average last week, and starts this week just above that level. The distance between the ADX directional indicators is small, so even a small decline could be enough to change that signal. That said, the overall ADX is below 25, so any trend is really weak.

The current rally only has two distribution days (weak ones because trading volume was below average), so I don’t expect that signal to switch over unless we see massive selling this week.

Price broke the upward trendline on the 20th, so we now have a new downward trendline from the March high as resistance.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-04-26 – SPX Elliott Wave Analysis – Daily

For Elliott wave, the S&P500 continues to fight the 50% retracement level (~2792).  From a wave count perspective, we’re still in the final leg (c-wave) of the current counter-rally (B wave), for those of us who assume we’re in a bear market.

Price reached a high of 2879 two weeks ago; coupled with the decline in RSI, some traders think the B-wave, counter-rally has ended. For now, the 2897, 2919, and 3175 price targets remain in place. I’m also watching 2725. Falling below that price level confirms the end of the B-wave, and the beginning of the next leg down (C-Wave).

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-04-26 – SPX Elliott Wave Analysis – Daily – Part 2

Oil prices were the story of the week, with the price for May oil futures going negative for the first time ever. Basically, a negative price means that people trying to sell oil had to pay someone to take it off their hands; the markets version of “I wouldn’t buy that unless you paid me”.

The U.S. government signed another coronavirus relief bill, aimed at replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program, which seemed to calm the markets somewhat. The first Paycheck Protection Program allocated $350 billion to help business owners secure low-interest loans, but the funds ran out within 2 weeks. In the meantime, initial jobless claims rose another 4.4 million last week, meaning at least 26 million people have filed for unemployment in the last 5 weeks. Regardless of the recent rally on Wall Street, getting everyone from Main Street back to work is going to take a while.

Earnings season is in full swing, with many big names reporting this week. Expect price volatility and limited forward guidance. The best you can do is look for companies with strong balance sheets and high demand for their products in a “stay at home” economy.

Best to your week!

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Weekend Stock Market Outlook

Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of April 19th = Uptrend

    • ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
    • Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
    • Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend

COMMENTARY
The stock market outlook remains in an uptrend to start the week. The ADX and price/volume signals are bullish, while Elliott Wave still indicates a downtrend.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-04-19 – SPX Trendline Analysis – Daily

The S&P500 ($SPX) sits just above the 50-day moving average, and the current rally only has two distribution days.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

2020-04-19 – SPX Elliott Wave Analysis – Daily

For Elliott wave, the S&P500 remains in the final leg (c-wave) of the current rally (B wave). Note the negative divergence between the relative strength (RSI) and price over the past few days. Last week’s price targets for ending the c-wave are still in play: 2897, 2919, and 3175.

Technical analysis of weekly SPX prices

2020-04-19 – SPX Trendline Analysis – Weekly

~22 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past 4 weeks, erasing all the new jobs gained since the bull market began in March of 2009. In my home state of Michigan, some estimates put unemployment near 25%!

There’s been a lot of talk about the “shape” of the recovery; will prices trace out a V-shape, U-shape, or L-shape.  Right now, it looks like a V-shape, but I don’t think that will last much longer.  One reason I think we’ll see a U or L shape is due to corporate debt.  With quarantines and lock downs in place, people aren’t making or spending money.  Companies are generating a lot less revenue, and if they want to see the other side of the crisis, they need to use debt to cover costs until their customers return.

The problem is that many companies have already been using debt to cover their costs, even before the pandemic.  You may have heard people refer to “zombie” companies; a “zombie” company is:

  • A publicly traded firm
  • 10+ years old
  • Ratio of “earnings before interest and taxes” (EBIT) to interest expenses is less than 1

If EBIT divided by interest expense is less than 1, this means that the company doesn’t make enough money to cover the interest it has to pay out. In the U.S., 16% of publicly traded companies fall into this category. Nearly a third of the companies in the Russell 2000 Index are zombie companies! (Hat tip to On My Radar by Steve Blumenthal).

One reason we have so many zombie companies in the U.S. is the fact that interest rates have remained very low for a long time. Instead of going out of business, or restructuring via bankruptcy, poor performing firms could take out more debt and kick the can down the road, so to speak.  We’ve caught up to the can.

Best to your week!

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