16th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; Bottom or dead cat bounce? Keeping an eye on the $BABY


The sharp rise on Friday came from very over-sold levels. Given that the market often is strong towards the end of the year, I would not be surprised to see a rise that takes us through mid-January. But with people being worried by   Ebola and the Fed’s cessation of QE , this market could resume its decline at anytime. I therefore took a very small amount of my university pension out of the market on Friday.   If the market rises to likely resistance levels, I will take more of my pension out of mutual funds, just in case. With the GMI at “0” I am very cautious.   I am already mainly in cash   in my trading accounts.   Things are just too volatile for everything but my most speculative trading funds. I have repeatedly written that I trade like a chicken. If I am wrong, and the GMI returns to a Buy signal, I can always go back in……

As this weekly chart of the SPY shows, a major up-trend (blue line) support line that lasted for more than one year has been broken. Also ominous is the fact that the critical 30 week average (red line) has been penetrated and there are large red spikes indicating high volume selling by institutions. I would not be surprised to see the current rebound   touch the 30 week average again, now around 193.   If that average curves down, that will be my signal to begin taking all of my university pension out of the market.   (I did that in 2000 and 2008.) That would signal the possible beginning of a Weinstein Stage 4 down-trend.


Look what has happened when the 30 week average curved down. (Ignore the red arrows, left over from a Sell in May analysis.)


If I think a Stage 4 down-trend is imminent, I will sleep soundly with most of my money on the sidelines until the GMI signals a BUY and the market enters a new confirmed Stage 2 up-trend. (I might also buy some SPY before those events occur, if the Worden T2108 gets down to single digits, where most market wash-outs since 1987   have ended.) The T2108   rebounded to 21% on Friday, after reaching a recent low of 13%. Dramatic market declines typically end below the green line on the chart, which is drawn at the 10% level. (Note we are not there yet!)…..


You know I do not like to take a new long position on anything during a market down-trend.   But when a stock keeps hitting new all-time highs and coming up on my scans it signifies amazing relative strength and I add it to my watch list for close monitoring.   I don’t know why BABY is so strong but someone else apparently does. Check out this weekly chart of BABY, which had a successful green line break-out to an all-time high 13 weeks ago.   BABY’s   crawling higher just   showed up in my Darvas scan, which looks for stocks that have characteristics that I think Nicolas Darvas used to like. Of course, Darvas type stocks only out-performed in rising markets and BABY could stage a temper tantrum at anytime……




4 thoughts on “16th day of $QQQ short term down-trend; Bottom or dead cat bounce? Keeping an eye on the $BABY”

  1. I love that you have no idea why a stock is rising and yet you want to get involved… no idea why the market is going down yet want to insulate yourself from its downturns… its refreshingly honest, but as much as you may think otherwise, you ARE the market… uninformed, prone to emotional or subjective motivations, conventional, crowd-centric… the idea that you will beat the market while being such an integral part of it appears the essence of delusion 😉

  2. Andrew, Thank you for your expressing your point of view. I think your comments illustrate the marked difference between the fundamental and technical approaches to investing. My approach of acting based on what the market is doing rather than deluding myself into thinking I can understand why millions of participants act kept me out of the market melt-downs in the 2000-2002 and 2008 and has helped me to outperform the markets.

  3. Thank you Dr. Wish!
    Andrew, ever hear of Herd mentality?
    The techniques are merely an attempt to predict (somewhat accurately) the change in direction of the herd. And while some signals might be premature (better safe then sorry) I’d rather be out of the way of a stampede when it comes! (2000-2002, 2008)…wish I knew of Dr. Wish then!

  4. Indeed, I have heard of herd mentality and I’m always interested to see ways in which people attempt to take advantage of it… I enjoying reading this blog as well as others devoted to more informed value investing… I find both approaches equally entertaining and intriguing, but I do find the concept of attempting to understand and value an asset rather than just guess as most others are doing a bit more grounded in the methodology I understand… and I’ve never seen anyone in my own experience who has been able to make and build real wealth by guessing, while I do know several people who have focused on a few investments they know well and it has made them notably wealthy… none of them attempted to insulate themselves from market downturns… they merely continued to make investments in the things they knew the actual value of, knowing they were on sale, rather than feeling like they were permanently impaired… a much different approach and psychology compared to the frantic trader who understands little except the need to get in front of the herd or get out of its way… I’d love to think there was an easier way, but I’m still looking for the example of the momentum trader who has done well over a 20 year period or so… perhaps folks around here can educate me?

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