Professor’s Comments March 31, 2015
Posted by OMS at March 31st, 2015
The Dow rose 264 points to close at 17,976. The rally appeared to be the wave 2 retracement I mentioned in my weekend WSR. Volume was low, coming in at 86 percent of its 10-day average. There were 148 new highs and 17 new lows.
Yesterday’s rally caused The Tide to turn positive. However the Dean’s List and both Coaches remain negative. So the indicators are mixed which is what normally happens in a typical wave 2 retracement.
Remember, this current wave 2 retracement is likely only a minor corrective wave within wave 3 down. As long as this retracement rally stays below the 23 March high of 18,206, I will continue to go with the scenario that says the market topped on 2 March at 18, 289 and that everything since has been a series of waves that are part of a new Bear Market.
Today marks the end of the very Bullish end-of-month, end-of-quarter, time period. It is not unusual to see the market reverse course during the first few days of the new month as the mutual funds complete window dressing their portfolios.
However IF the market does start to pull back during the next few days, we need to be careful about getting to short to soon. That’s because even though yesterday’s rally was strong, wave 2s usually have an a-b-c pattern to them. And yesterday’s rally was impulsive. There was no significant pullback. So IF the market does start to pullback in the next few days, there is a good chance that it will only be the ‘b’ wave with another wave up (wave ‘c’ up) to follow once ‘b’ is complete.
I will be looking for three things to happen before I get seriously short. The first is The Tide. I want to see it turn negative, or at least neutral. I do not want to be buying a lot of inverse index ETFs until The Tide turns.
The second thing I want to see is The Professor algorithm start highlighting a lot of shorts. If you recall last week when the Dow was testing the 17,620 level, I said that it would likely hold because The Professor didn’t see a new downtrend starting. He wasn’t highlighting a lot of stocks as shorts. But now, IF wave 3 down is about to start, it’s highly likely that The Professor will become very active in highlighting stocks to the downside. I need to see this before I put my money on the table.
Also, even without The Tide or The Professor to help, what I need to see now is downside impulsive action. If wave 3 of 3 down is going to start in the next few days, the downside action MUST be impulse. You’ll know. And it will be my signal to get short.
But right now, I’m just testing the waters with a few transportation stocks.
In my mid-day Update, I talked about the transportation sector and two stocks that I was watching as potential shorts. The reason this sector caught my eye is because several transportation stocks have recently appeared on the Honor Roll. And in the past, whenever this has happened, it was something worth paying attention to.
So yesterday, when CNI turned negative on the 5s, I shorted a few shares. One of the reasons I did this is because all of the PT indicators on IYT, the Transportation ETF, are negative. Also, IYT is no longer on the Dean’s List. So there is NO high cover for the transportation sector. The transportation ‘Stick in the Sand’ is gone.
Another negative for transportation is that while the Dow moved higher into early March making a new high, the transportation sector did not. In other words, a major negative divergence has formed between the Dow Industrials and the transportation sector. This classic Dow Theory Sell Signal is not something you want to see if you’re still Bullish on the markets.
BTW, if you look at a chart of IYT, you will notice that a nice 10-point stick has formed. This tells me that IF the ETF starts to breakdown and falls below its 200 day moving average this time, it could be the start of a substantial decline.
So this morning I’m continuing to watch the railroads, LSTR, and AXP for a potential breakdown. In a major decline, not all sectors start to decline at the same time. The weaker sectors move first and usually provide a few early trading opportunities.
Watching transportation on the 5s.
That’s what I’m doing,
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