The S&P 500 (SPY) broke above the descending price channel that has been in place since Sept. 1.
The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) set a higher high, moving the trend to neutral. Under my present rules, it needs a higher low to qualify as an uptrend.
The U.S. dollar (UUP) has moved from a higher high to a lower low, changing the trend to neutral.
Emerging markets (EEM) has broken above the descending price channel that it has been tracing since early August.
(Tech note: SPY and QQQ set lower lows and now have set higher highs. Is the trend ambiguous or up? By my current rules, it’s ambiguous, because there has been no higher low. On the other hand, a strong upward impulse can go a long ways without retracement. At a certain point, it becomes ridiculous to call the trend ambiguous. My trend-calling rules need more clarity.)
Indicator Exchange-Traded Fund Symbols:
EEM - emerging markets
GLD - gold, a counter-directional proxy for inflation fears.
JNK - high-yield corporate bonds
QQQQ - Nasdaq 100 index
SPY - S&P 500 index
TLT - Treasury long-term bonds
USO - crude oil
UUP - U.S. dollar index, against a basket of currencies; largely a dollar-euro proxy
VIX - fear index, implied volatility of the S&P 500
- phase: 20-day price channel phase, with green for bull trend, red for bear trend and yellow for neutral trend.
- trend: Price direction, green for higher highs and higher lows, red for lower highs and lower lows, yellow for sideways, and grey for neutral or ambiguous.
- adx: Average directional index location, indicating the strength, or the temperature, of the trend. Orange for 40 or greater, aqua (light blue) for 25 and up but below 40, magenta (light purple) for 20 and up but below 25, and brown for anything below 20. (Mnemonic: Orange for the overhead sun, blue for the surrounding sky, magenta for sunset on the horizon and brown for the earth.)
- 200/50: The moving average cross, green for the 50-day ma above the 200, red for below and yellow for closely aligned.
- 40/10: The moving average cross, green for the 10-day ma above the 40, red for below and yellow for closely aligned.
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Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.
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