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Weakness in Bank Stocks Leads to a Small Decline
Chris Brecher - January 18, 2017
Weakness in Bank Stocks Leads to a Small Decline
A follow through sell-off in the bank stocks dampened sentiment today, as the SPX trended down to its lower weekly range. I am also watching the breakdown in the /NKD, as continued selling in that index could start to spill over to the SPX. . . .
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Relief Over Bank Earnings Lends a Small Bid to Most Markets
Chris Brecher - January 17, 2017
Relief Over Bank Earnings Lends a Small Bid to Most Markets
With some major banks reporting in-line earnings today, traders showed their relief by bidding up many sectors. However, next week, I think the looming inauguration will keep any rally in check, as traders hate uncertainty. . . .
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Never Short an OverSold Market in An Uptrend
Chris Brecher - January 13, 2017
Never Short an OverSold Market in An Uptrend
After a sharp sell-off in the morning, the SPX once again became oversold at support on an hourly chart. A turnaround in some stocks that had earnings also helped sentiment. . . .
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Trump's Press Conference is a Non-Event.
Chris Brecher - January 12, 2017
Trump's Press Conference is a Non-Event.
With the big press conference out of the way, the markets took took their cue from the FANG stocks, which surged later in the afternoon. The DJIA 20,000 is within site again, and traders will be trying to push it to that level prior to the inauguration. . . .
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Stocks That Could Benefit From the Trump Press Conference Hold Up the Major Markets
Chris Brecher - January 11, 2017
Stocks That Could Benefit From the Trump Press Conference Hold Up the Major Markets
Trump's first Press Conference tomorrow has traders betting on which stocks he will mention, or policies he will try to institute after his inauguration. Today we saw the same stocks rally that soared after the election results, while the FANG stocks lagged. . . .
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Slow Trading Masks Some Divergences Developing
Chris Brecher - January 10, 2017
Slow Trading Masks Some Divergences Developing
The markets were mixed today, with the /NQ vastly outperforming other indexes. Under the surface, however, the /TF and the DJT are starting to show some notable weakness. . . .
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The DJIA Get Oh so Close to 20,000
Chris Brecher - January 9, 2017
The DJIA Get Oh so Close to 20,000
The market rallied strongly this morning, but a weak ADV-DECL line warned that a huge surge was unlikely. Next week sees a flood of earnings late in the week. I will be watching many of them closely for any unusual activity that might be "tells" to future direction. . . .
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Yellen's Comments Hit the /TF
Chris Brecher - January 6, 2017
Yellen's Comments Hit the /TF
Minutes from the Fed meeting cast doubt of whether a real stimulus will be achieved. This led to a slump in the Russell growth stocks, the transports, and a surge in bond prices. With resistance overhead, traders want to see all the indexes moving up in unison, not some glaring divergences. . . .
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The Small Caps Lead the Way
Chris Brecher - January 5, 2017
The Small Caps Lead the Way
A possible bull flag breakout in the /TF has pulled all major indexes higher today. The /ES, however, is right at important resistance and overbought on an hourly. How the /ES works off its overbought condition will be important for the rest of the week. . . .
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2017 Starts With a Nice Rally
Chris Brecher - January 4, 2017
2017 Starts With a Nice Rally
The Major Indexes followed the foreign markets from yesterday, and rallied strongly. Much of the gains were from the "dogs" of last year, such as GILD and AMGN. . . .
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Shorting the Opening
Chris Brecher - January 3, 2016
Shorting the Opening
As I have warned all week on SimplerStocks premium, there were HUGE sell programs expected on the last day of the year. Many of our subscribers shorted the opening this morning when the /ES was up. . . .
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Lethargic Trading Can't Get the /ES Back Above 2250
Chris Brecher - December 30, 2016
Lethargic Trading Can't Get the /ES Back Above 2250
The /ES could not get back above the important 2250 breakdown point. With sluggish trading expected through tomorrow, it will be hard to find buyers to push us up through those levels. . . .
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The Market Behaved Like I Warned
Chris Brecher - December 29, 2016
The Market Behaved Like I Warned
As I posted in the Simpler Stocks E-mail alerts, I was worried that the market would have a sharp reversal today, similar to the price action of the last two Decembers. Now, with the /ES under some important levels, it will take some big buying to negate the technical damage. . . .
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Stocks EEK Out a Small Gain
Chris Brecher - December 28, 2016
Stocks EEK Out a Small Gain
After a strong start, stock gains just withered away late in the day on very slow trading. A small sell-off in the FANG stocks and a late sell-off in the IBB contributed to the weak close. . . .
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Listless Trading Ahead of the Holidays
Chris Brecher - December 27, 2016
Listless Trading Ahead of the Holidays
Today was all about a tight range prior to the Holiday weekend. For next week, we will be watching the big NASDAQ stocks, as many of them look close to breaking down. . . .
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Slow Trading Pre-Holiday Doesn't Mean There Aren't Some Great Trades
Chris Brecher - December 23, 2016
Slow Trading Pre-Holiday Doesn't Mean There Aren't Some Great Trades
With slow holiday trading upon us, it didn't stop the Simpler Stocks Premium members from making some amazing trades today. From shorting the IWM this morning, or buying ALXN early, there are always some good ideas lurking on our site. . . .
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