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About To Test The March Lows

4/18/2011 9:16:04 AM

This test is critical for the stock market here.

We moved into Sell Mode 6 days ago, looking for the markets to test the March lows and establish a 9 month cycle low.

We're getting that and more this morning. Also as we'd been looking for, the markets 'held up' into expiration. This is common - and the markets are now going to move lower to retest the March lows. My previousl article set my expectations for the downside.

Here is our view of Global Markets.

Global Markets

On the economic front, here is the schedule for this week.

This Week's Calendar

On to the charts:

Daily Stock Barometer

Stock Barometer Analysis

The barometer remains in Sell Mode. We got the weak bounce into expirations and markets are breaking down this morning. I expect that the market could put in a bottom by this Friday.

As a heads up, personally here's something I do. When the markets were pausing and the barometer was moving into sell mode, I simply sold my stocks. Now I'm in cash and I'm waiting for a buy signal before jumping back into the market. If you ride through this process a few cycles during the year, you can do very well for yourself.

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.


  • 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.

I am getting more bearish on the market. I do not believe we'll see a move lower into 5/21, but it's possible. We have a 9 month cycle low on 5/18. Given this, I am leaning bearish and looking for a retest of the March lows.

That being said, this afternoon I'll take a look at some intermediate cycles to see where this bottom will come in. We may be closer than you think.

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)

QQQQ Timing Indicator

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)

Gold Timing Indicator

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US Dollar Index Timing Indicator (INDEX:DXY)

US Dollar Index Timing Indicator

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Bonds Timing Indicator (AMEX:TLT)

Bonds Timing Indicator

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OIL Timing Indicator (AMEX:USO)

OIL Timing Indicator

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Daily Stock Market Outlook

We remain in Sell Mode, looking for the markets to retest the March lows.

The above chart shows 'fear' in the market and it's relative level compared with the past. This is a bullish sign, and suggests to me that the markets may be closer to a bottom than many think. But it still has to play out - and it could take a number of days for that to happen. We don't know when, but we'll do our best to identify the turn for you.

On our blog, I'm working on something for the ecri weekly indicator. I'll have it up by this afternoon. Click the link to see where it is and what it means.

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



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