The stock market was in a minor downtrend earlier in the week, but was able to gather steam and close higher by week’s end. For the week, the NASDAQ Composite was down 0.11%, but the DJIA rose 0.40% and the S&P 500 gained 0.36%.
For the YTD: DJIA + 23.11%; S&P + 18.43%; and NASDAQ +27.07% compared to 10.45% for the BDH strategy. There were no BDH signal changes during the past week.
There are still many stocks not participating in this rally. The number of new 52-week NYSE highs is now at 418 up slightly from the prior weeks, but still weak in comparison to other market highs of years ago. Also, the number of new lows was 114 down from around 150 two weeks ago, but still surprising given the market’s strength. Normally, a market near its highs has 700 to 800 stocks or more participating. The percentage of NYSE stocks above their 50-dmas is currently at 59.38% compared to 66.30% four weeks ago, and down from a reading of 79% on October 18. The percentage of stocks above their longer-term 200-dma is currently at 67.21% declining from 71% on October 18. Clearly, the market is weakening internally, but certain groups of stocks with their best performers is making it appear that most stocks are participating in the rally. This is NOT the case.
Oil and energy stocks were down about 2%, while gold and gold miners were down less than 2.50%nd 3.60% respectively . Fixed income ws flat. In the above chart, please type in ETF ticker symbols IEF, TLT, BOND, SHY or AGG or others one at a time to see their current bond weekly performance, or GLD, GDX and USO and $BRENT for the other averages.
Indicator #2 NASDAQ Composite Index and 100-dma. This indicator issued a SELL signal on November 8, 2016. (see first chart above). This buy signal is now over one year old and has stayed with the trend.
Indicator #5 NASDAQ Composite with MACD. This indicator issued a MACD SELL signal on December 1 cancelling the previous BUY signal (refer to upper chart’s MACD indicator). Note the Index has taken out the red resistance line twice in the past few weeks by moving higher.
Indicator #6 AAII Weekly Investor Sentiment Survey Bullish Percentage. The latest December 6, 2017 Bullish Percentage reading was 36.9% up 0.9 percentage points from the prior week. This indicator remains on its long term buy signal with numerous confirmations along the way.
Indicator #8 NASI Summation Index and MACD. This indicator flashed a BUY signal on November 28 as the MACD had a negative crossover (see green circle in the nearby chart). This confirms the earlier Summation Index negative on the same day (see upper portion of that chart). Note the positive Index crossover in the upper chart and the MACD nearing a crossover in bottom of chart. This indicator is poised to issue a BUY signal this week if the market moves higher.
Here is a chart showing all Dashboard buy and sell signals (it may take a day or two for the new signal to be posted):
Dashboard on “3” BUY signal
Here is the latest Dashboard. Click on the line below:
Note that I could not provide a spreadsheet type link due to a software issue with this WordPress software. Go back to January 2017 to see the last spreadsheet and all prior data.
Dark Liquidity BDH Performance Statistics
www.dark-liquidity.com/BDHV2new.php independently tracks the BDH performance. For the year-to-date 2017, BDH is up 10.45%. It is in 13th place out of a 22 strategies followed by that website. See the “Strategies Summary” link on the top of their page.
Top 5 ETFs – 100% Cash Position
We are still in a 100% cash position, so no ETFs are currently held. The risk is too high to enter the market right now. Prudence is called for as the market internals continue to weaken, as is the Small Cap 600 index,
BDH Decision Page – BDH Dashboard ETFs — Note Change Below
Here is the link to the Decision Page. Copy and paste it into your browser:
Change in ETF Indicator Logic
Effective October 25, 2017, the “pass” criteria was changed from requiring that all three conditions (Initial Tests) be met to requiring that any 2 of the 3 conditions be met. This will make it quicker to purchase ETFs after a BDH Dashboard BUY signal is given. In the past, when a BUY signal was given many ETFs in the top 20 did not have pass ratings, so they could not be bought at that time. This delayed the purchase date and gave up some upside. This change is aimed at entering the market as soon as possible after a BDH Dashboard buy signal
Currently, there are 27 “passes” out of 52 ETFs, but only 4 of top 10 have “passes”.
To get a feel where the best performing ETFs are by asset class, I suggest that you pull up the seven asset classes on the right side of the Decision Page (in blue ink) to see which ETFs have been doing the best — e.g., sector ETFs. You can click on the down arrow in the three month and one month columns of the each grouping to see short-term performance. Currently, gasoline (UGA), international (BRF, EEM, ) and sectors ( PBW, XLF, VGT, and DIA are performing the best).
Conclusion — Market Advance Stays Intact
The stock market continues to move higher. Be patient and keep the emotion out of the investment equation. If you are still invested keep your stop LIMITs in place, and ride the market until the next BDH sell signal occurs or you are stopped out of any position beforehand.
Remember that you are responsible for your investments and how you manage them. If you decide to follow the BDH strategy, then you are responsible for checking the BDH indicators daily during times when the market is volatile. Just bookmark the two charts above and look for any signal changes. I may not available during the week to provide interim Dashboard signal changes. It is important to be pro-active, so as not to miss any Dashboard signals. Decide on and place your stop LIMITS that meet your risk profile.