Did I miss anything while I was away?

Thomas Thornton, Hedge Fund Telemetry info@hedgefundtelemetry.com


Before I left for a not so pleasant vacation (I got my 5 year flu in London) I did a report looking at a technical balance sheet with assets (oversold, rewards) and liabilities (overbought, risks).  Things had been moving towards the oversold side quickly but as I said only about 70% of the indicators were fully oversold. I started covering taking some excellent gains while adding long exposure in the most beat up quality names and sectors. 

While I was gone, I did check up on the markets and ran some studies I normally do each day.  Some indicators were at oversold levels not seen since 2008 and bullish sentiment on the S&P hit 4%.   Any time sentiment is 5% or less, I’ll lean long.  The percentage of stocks above the 10 day moving average was 0%, 50 day 2% and 200 day at 7%.  That’s a crash.  As I laid in my hotel room with a fever, watching the market plummet on my phone (there is no CNBC but lots of old US sitcoms) I logged on to my Bloomberg on my 13 inch Mac (which is a feat in itself since I normally fill two 32 inch monitors with Bloomberg stuff).  Looking at some of my shorter term charts I could see price targets met and downside DeMark signals with rather significant volume.  It was a puke.  On Twitter I said “Buy em” and I started running VWAP levels from different time frames.  It started to move and move and move.  It was a huge breadth surge 16x1 advance decline just what was needed.  A lot of people can say this was a bear market bounce.  Maybe.  I don’t care.  I think we’ll see higher levels and then we can figure it out.  I think we can get to 2600 perhaps a little over 2700 on the S&P.  And by the way the average bear market rally since 1990 is 16.3%.  A hole in one is a hole in one even if you hit the ball off a tree.  

I’m back in Greenwich, still with the flu but feeling good about 2019.  We are going to do a webinar next week probably later in the week.  Sentiment charts are now up to date.   I will get to emails later today.   


S&P bullish sentiment is at 27% and I expect an attempt to get to 50%


S&P 500 Index daily watching the upside DeMark Trend Factor price targets

Nasdaq 100 Index bullish sentiment is at 28%

Nasdaq 100 Index daily 

Dow Jones Industrial Average Index daily 

Russell 2000 IWM ETF daily expect lower high bounce


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No changes to Trade Ideas.  I stated I would be holding all energy longs (even with wider losses) to play for downside DeMark Countdown in WTI and seasonal trade.  I might on Monday take a couple off for tax losses.  Overall PNL isn’t keeping me up at night.

FOCUS OF THE DAY – A couple internals

10 day vol’s on the S&P about as high as it’s going to get for now

S&P Cumulative Breadth since Dec 3rd when I showed the lower high wave 2/B has dropped hard toward the downside wave 3 price objective as the S&P lost 16%.  I didn’t expect that much downside as December is typically a decent month.  I now expect a lower high wave 4 followed by a lower low wave 5.  That will be sometime in the Spring.  


Apple with the downside Countdown 13’s with both Combo and Sequential.  It’s happening in wave 3 of 5 on the downside and I’m not a huge fan of being anything other than a trader with a wave 3 exhaustion since wave 4 will be a lower high bounce followed by a lower low wave 5.  

Tesla getting Larry Ellison to the board is very positive and he’s already a major shareholder.  He’s not an outsider and if he really looks at the books he might reconsider.  Nothing really changes with the short thesis and the difficulty with Tesla as a short continues.  Keep your size in check

Crude Thoughts

Crude bullish sentiment is at 20%  and I expect this to increase in the coming weeks with positive seasonal factors ahead

WTI Crude has downside DeMark Sequential Countdown 13 and Setup 9 exhaustion signals now.  We need to see this quickly move up


Euro Stoxx 50 bullish sentiment is at 5% – This is extreme 

Euro Stoxx 50 Index daily  with downside DeMark Countdown 13 combined with 5% sentiment = very low risk buy here

German DAX Index daily no changes to recent poor action

UK FTSE 100 Index bullish sentiment is at 7%

UK FTSE 100 Index daily price flip up today with green Setup 1


US Dollar bullish sentiment is at 68% down from recent highs over 90%

US Dollar Index daily 

Euro bullish sentiment is at 32%

Euro Spot daily like the USD just drifting 

British Pound Sterling bullish sentiment is at 17%

British Pound Sterling daily


Bond bullish sentiment is at 81% slightly off recent peak highs over 90%

US 10 Year Yield should see a reversal up soon

US 30 Year Yield still could work a little lower first

US Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF looks like a buy here

TLT US 20 year + ETF 


Gold bullish sentiment is at 35% and really can’t make much progress to 50%

GLD Gold ETF daily 

GDX Gold Miners ETF daily 

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