The GMI remains at +1, but just barely. There were 121 new yearly lows and 28 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Monday. The last time we had over 100 new lows was the end of October, 2005. Only 31% of the 274 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher on Monday than they did 10 days earlier. On the other hand, 70% of the 37 stocks that hit a new low 10 days ago closed lower. This is a clear indication that shorting stocks at new lows has been more likely to have been profitable than buying stocks at new highs. Similarly, there are 114 submarine stocks, compared with just 12 rocket stocks. These are stocks in solid down trends or up trends, respectively. Only 31% of stocks are in a short term up trend and only 39% in longer term up trends. 11% of stocks are now within 5% of a new low. Monday was the third day in the new QQQQ down trend (D-3).
I have sold all of my stocks but one (AAPL). All of my short positions (put options in my IRA) are profitable. It has almost been too easy to make money on the short side. Famous last words????!!!!……………..
People are much too scared of shorting stocks. But the great traders always go with the trend of the market, up or down. Buying put options is a way to go short while limiting possible losses. In fact, some of my put options expire next January, giving me lots of time for the down trend I have detected to grow. It is very comfortable to be holding a put on a declining stock that has months to fall. The key is to detect the decline relatively early on. I simply use TC2005 to scan the entire market for "submarines" that show a clear top about 4-6 months ago and a declining trend on large volume. I detected 114 submarines tonight. They include: CMTL, CHS, URBN, SO, GENZ, HOV and CMVT (I am short some of these). Take a look at the weekly charts of these stocks and note the heavy selling and declining 30 and 10 week moving averages. It is noteworthy that many of the submarines are utilities and housing stocks, suggesting that we are seeing industry-wide weakness, a good omen for shorting.
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