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Stock Market Sector Rotation Should Peak Within 60+ Days – Part II

The first part of this article highlighted what we believe is the start of a broad market sector rotation setup in the US and global markets.  This second part will highlight what we believe are excellent examples of sector trade setups for our friends and followers.

As China continues to pour capital into their markets to stabilize the outflow and fall of asset prices, a number of interesting components of broader sector rotation are setting up.  First, the US stock market has rolled lower in what we are calling a “first-tier” of the “waterfall event”.

Additionally, Mid-Caps, Transportation, Energy, and Financials have all started to roll-over of already begun to rotate lower.  We believe the contraction in economic activity and global market engagement as a result of the Wuhan virus will result in a much bigger and broader downside price move than many are expecting in the coming weeks.

The death toll for the Coronavirus outbreak reached 910, surpassing the number that died in the 2003 SARS episode. This is causing huge issues with global supply chains and shipping companies as I talked about last week in my HoweStreet Interview.

We believe traders need to be aware of the continued capital shift that has been taking place over the past 4+ years.  As foreign markets struggle and the US Dollar continues to strengthen, capital has been moving into the US stock market as a protective measure.  We believe this will continue throughout the virus event, yet we believe the US stock market will contract, move lower, as a result of this virus event as well.

Many US companies are still exposed to foreign markets through overseas engagement and retail locations,  Automakers, consumer products, manufacturing, heavy equipment and dozens of other sectors derive 5% to 25%+ of their revenues from China and other overseas markets.  MacDonalds, Starbucks, Caterpillar and dozens of other US companies have broad exposure in China and Asia.  We believe this virus event could last well into July and possibly much longer.  Because of this, we believe a broader market sector rotation will take place and that volatility will continue to increase over the next 6 to 12+ months.

Here are the three sectors we believe have a strong potential for setting up a fantastic trade.  Follow our research to learn more about what we do and how we can help you find incredible trade setups.

RUSSELL 2000 (IWM) – WEEKLY CHART

The Russell 2000 (IWM) has already started to move a bit lower over the last few weeks.  Even though the US stock market was plowing higher throughout most of December and January, the Russell 2000 is actually showing signs of a rounded top formation with a very clear downside “first leg” (waterfall) type of price decline.  We believe broader market contraction and sector rotation could push IWM below $144 in an attempt to target historical support near $126.

TECS TECHNOLOGY SECTOR ETF – WEEKLY CHART

The Technology sector may see a broader market decline over the next 30 to 60 days that could push TECS from recent lows, below $6, to levels above $12 to $16 on a reactionary move in this 3x ETF.  TECS has experienced very low volatility over the past 3+ months while the US stock market has continued to rally in Q3 and Q4.  Any breakdown in the global technology sector could push TECS well above recent peak levels near $18.

XLF FINANCIAL SECTOR ETF – WEEKLY CHART

The Financial Sector is very likely to experience a 3% to 10% decrease in consumer activity related to the lack of travel, outside entertainment, shopping and food services activities and could see extended risk to loans, debts, and other services as a result of a global economic market contraction.  We believe a downside risk exists in XLF where the price will likely break below $30 and target the $25 to $26 level over the next 30 to 60+ days.  Ultimately, XLF must hold above the December 2018 lows near $22 if the current downside rotation ends within recent price ranges.  A move below $22 would indicate we have entered a new stage of a Bear trend.

The reality of the situation for most of us is that we are not at immediate risk of catching anything except a common cold or flu.  As skilled traders, we must identify an opportunity where it presents itself and we must attempt to learn to capitalize on that opportunity.  We believe these sectors, and many others, are about to present very real trading opportunities for skilled traders.

The virus is expected to double in scope every 6.5 days based on modeling data.  Obviously China and Asia are the biggest risks right now.  Our biggest concern is that the virus spreads into India and Africa.  We believe a spread into these regions could add hundreds of thousands or millions of infected people to the lists.  At this point, it is far too early to tell how extended this virus event will become – yet we feel we are just starting this rotation and the true scope of it won’t be known for many weeks or months.

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Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

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Gapping Rotation in SPY and News Based Rallies Are A Warning

As holiday trading sets up in the global markets, the SPY is starting to show signs of volatility and warning of a potential top by gapping as price attempts to trade sideways.  This type of top formation, along with the fact that the overnight REPO facility continues to roil the markets, continues to draw our researchers to the conclusion that some type of debt or liquidity issue is just below the surface of the global markets.

We believe the topping formation in the SPY may be a sign that the holiday trading, normally spanning from just before Thanksgiving to sometime after January 10th or 15th, may prompt a very volatile price rotation in the global markets.  The lack of liquidity in the market at this time often leads to fairly narrow ranges in price.  Yet we are seeing volatility continue to stay somewhat high at this time and the REPO issue hangs over the heads of nearly every investor at this time.

One of our friends, an ex-Chicago floor trader, wrote to us just a few days ago suggesting he was receiving phone calls from many friends and associates in the US and overseas about the REPO issue.  We believe this issue is now taking root as a concern for global investors and could become a major issue for the markets going forward into 2020.  Our friend’s suggestion was to “buy gold and to pair back equity positions”.

This SPY Daily chart highlights the GAPS in price that has our research team concerned. A breakdown below $308 would qualify as a new Bearish Price Trend.  If the most recent gap is filled to the downside, the price may begin to accelerate lower, confirming our analysis.

On the flip side of that scenario, is a breakout above $315 that can hold for a couple of days or into the end of the week. That would trigger a new uptrend and possibly a Santa Rally.

This Weekly YM chart highlights the Hangman pattern set up last week with a very long lower wick.  This pattern set up at the price high is very indicative of a topping formation.  The fact that it set up just below the GREEN Bullish Price Trigger level near $28,175 suggests this level is acting as resistance.  A breakdown in price near this level could prompt a move to levels below 26,000.

Traders need to stay cautious over the next 5+ weeks as the lack of volatility in the market may prompt some very big price moves.  We believe the REPO issue may have some legs in the future and we believe a rotation may begin before Christmas 2019.

If liquidity continues to diminish, a flash crash type of event would not be uncommon.  We believe there are serious risks of a downward price rotation in the works and urge our followers and members to prepare for unknown risks over the next 5+ weeks.

Normal trading volume will not likely start to pick back up till after January 15th.  We have at least 4+ weeks of unknowns to contend with in a very illiquid market. We are going to trade with the short term market trends and be agile going into the new year.

S&P 500 & BOND TREND – DECEMBER 13

The stock market was setting up a topping pattern the past couple weeks but that has now been negated. The charts/technicals are bullish and so are we it’s that simple really.

Yesterday more chatter of tariffs and other news sparked a strong equities rally at the open bell which sent stocks sharply higher while bonds corrected. With yesterday’s S&P 500 hitting new highs after a fear-based correction two weeks ago the market is now back in rally mode and should have enough energy to sustain a rally into the year-end.

While we trade based on technical analysis, there will be days when news hitting the market and causes some large moves on the same day we have technical buy or sell signals. Like yesterday, for example, The past couple of trading sessions we have been talking about how the S&P 500 has to hie new highs to kick things back into a new uptrend after the previous week’s price correction. Yesterday, the SP500 broke to new highs, while bonds broke down triggering a new breakout rally in stocks. Sure there was news to help push price higher but none the less all our analysis has confirmed for the buy trigger.

We touch on other markets or news from time to time but we do not take any of the news into consideration for our trades. While there are many warning signs out there pointing to dark times ahead for the financial markets like the Repo market and many others, the reality is we follow the price, not the news. The market is climbing a wall of worry among educated traders and investors, and that’s what the market does best and we can’t fight it. Eventually, the price will turn down for a mega bear market and we will be there to profit from it, until then we ride the fearful rally higher.

Chris Vermeulen
www.TheTechnicalTraders.com

The Bond Market Is Telling Us Some Weakness Could Be Entering The US Markets

Chris Vermeulen joins me to look at the charts for US markets, bonds, gold, and natural gas. He points out that bonds have rebounded and are showing that some of the smart big money is taking a more defensive position. However gold is lagging the moves in bonds. Also considering where the VIX had dropped to we could finally see a US market correction that could bring some fear back into investors’ minds.

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Chris Vermeulen
Technical Traders Ltd.