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Approaching Resistance

3/25/2011 8:46:29 AM

Approaching Resistance

But will it hold?

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There are several things setting up in the market right now. I'll cover them over the next few days. The first element that suggests this could be a bigger move higher than anyone expects is below in our secondary indicator section.

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Stock Barometer Analysis

The barometer is in Buy Mode. I am looking for an April top. The market is due for a little pullback in the short term as it approaches support.

The Stock Barometer is my proprietary market timing system. The direction, slope and level of the Stock Barometer determine our outlook. For example, if the barometer line is moving down, we are in Sell Mode. A Buy or Sell Signal is triggered when the indicator clearly changes direction. Trend and support can override the barometer signals.


Money Management & Stops

To trade this system, there are a few things you need to know and address to control your risk:

  • This system targets intermediate term moves, of which even in the best years, there are usually only up to 7 profitable intermediate term moves. The rest of the year will be consolidating moves where this system will experience small losses and gains that offset each other.
  • This system will usually result in losing trades more than 50% of the time, even in our best years. The key is being positioned properly for longer term moves when they come.
  • Therefore it is vitally important that you apply some form of money management to protect your capital.
  • Trading a leveraged index fund will result in more risk, since you cannot set stops and you cannot get out intraday.

Accordingly;

  • Make sure you set your stops so that you can lose no more than 2% per trade (based on the QQQQ if you're trading leveraged funds and options with our trading service).


Potential Cycle Reversal Dates

2011 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/15, 1/29, 2/16, 3/10, 3/18, 4/6, 5/21. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.

If we are at a bottom, we expect a bounce into 4/6 and potentially a LARGE move lower into 5/21. There appears to be a large move coming in the market. I would love that energy to play out to the upside, so how the 4/6 date plays out is important.

Note too that we expect a 9 month cycle low this May, which may come in early - in fact, if things resolve, we may have already seen the 9 month cycle low. Something to be on the look out for.

Why is this something to look for? Because if we have seen a 9 month low, then the market will continue higher for much longer than anyone expects. Right now, the level of energy in the market is in the intermediate-long term range. The efficiency in which this energy gets used up will set up the next top. So while I point towards a potential top in April, I wouldn't be at all surprised with a top at the end of this month, a pull back into 4/6 and a continuation of the move higher into 5/21... Really!

My Additional timing work is based on numerous cycles and has resulted in the above potential reversal dates. These are not to be confused with the barometer signals or cycle times. However, due to their past accuracy I post the dates here.

2010 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/19, 1/28, 3/2, 3/23, 4/7, 5/30, 6/10, 6/28, 7/10, 8/13, 9/7, 10/2, 10/27, 11/21, 12/19. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance. 2009 Published Reversal Dates: 1/20, 2/11, 3/7, 3/15, 4/8, 4/16, 4/27, 5/7, 6/8, 7/2, 7/17, 9/14, 10/10, 10/24, 11/12, 11/30, 12/9, 12/21, 12/29. 2008 Potential Reversal Dates: 12/31, 1/11, 2/1, 2/13, 3/6, 4/5, 4/22, 5/23, 6/6, 6/27, 7/13, 9/2, 10/3, 10/22, 11/10, 12/11. 2007 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/10, 1/14, 1/27, 1/31, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/24, 4/21, 5/6, 6/15, 8/29, 10/19, 11/29, 12/13, 12/23, 12/31, 1/11/08. 2006 potential reversal dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/25, 3/19, 4/8, 5/8, 5/19, 6/6(20), 7/24, 8/20, 8/29, 9/15, 10/11, 11/28. 2005 Potential reversal dates: 12/27, 1/25, 2/16, 3/4, 3/14, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 5/2, 6/3, 6/10, 7/13, 7/28, 8/12, 8/30-31, 9/22, 10/4, 11/15, 11/20, 12/16.


Timing Indicators

Use the following Timing/momentum indicators to assist in your trading of the QQQQ, GLD, USD, USO and TLT. They are tuned to deliver signals in line with the Stock Barometer and we use them only in determining our overall outlook for the market and for pinpointing market reversals. The level, direction, and position to the zero line are keys in these indicators. For example, direction determines mode and a buy signal 'above zero' is more bullish than a buy signal 'below zero'.

QQQQ Timing Indicator (NASDAQ:QQQQ)
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The QQQQ Spread Indicator will yield its own buy and sell signals that may be different from the Stock Barometer. It's meant to give us an idea of the next turn in the market.

Gold Timing Indicator (AMEX:GLD)
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Want to trade Gold? Use our signals with the Gold ETF AMEX:GLD. Gold gives us a general gage to the overall health of the US Economy and the markets.

US Dollar Index Timing Indicator (INDEX:DXY)

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Want to trade the US Dollar? Use our signals with the Power Shares AMEX:UUP: US Dollar Index Bullish Fund and AMEX:UDN: US Dollar Index Bearish Fund.

Bonds Timing Indicator (AMEX:TLT)
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Want to trade Bonds? Use our signals with Lehman?s 20 year ETF AMEX:TLT. The direction of bonds has an impact on the stock market. Normally, as bonds go down, stocks will go up and as bonds go up, stocks will go down.

OIL Timing Indicator (AMEX:USO)
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Want to trade OIL? Use our signals with AMEX:USO, the OIL ETF. We look at the price of oil as its level and direction has an impact on the stock market.


Secondary Stock Market Timing Indicator

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We daily monitor hundreds of popular and proprietary technical indicators that break down market internals, sentiment and money flow to give us unique insight into the market. We feature at least one here each day in support of our current outlook. As an annual subscriber to any of our services, you will get access to all our charts and research.


Daily Stock Market Outlook

We remain in Buy Mode, expecting the markets to establish a low here and rallying into the end of the month - possible into 4/6.

How that 4/6 reversal date plays out is very significant for our longer term view. As I discussed above, there is a lot of energy from various sources that's built up in the market. That energy is releasing now. It's not done. So while I could see a 4/6 top, there's also evidence building for the market to top into month end, then pull back into 4/6 then race ahead into May. So stay tuned, this could turn into a great move as the doubters are definitely out there.

The above chart is the first in a series of energy measures that's building up. The Q options traders are betting on a downward move. Sometimes they're right, but more often they're wrong. We have another indicator that goes along with this one that I'll cover tomorrow. It's also surprising.

In response to my article yesterday, I had a reader challenge me with an option play. The funny thing is, in our Stock Options Speculator Newsletter, on MONDAY - we had already issued our top 10 lists for call options plays. Some of which would double on as little as a 5-8% move in the underlying. Many already have. I think he was missing the boat on timing a little. But that's just me.

If you're looking for more information, please visit our blog - I'll have updates and publish other articles there. http://investmentresearchgroup.com/Blog/

Regards,

 

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