Art & Science of Active Trend Trading Free Report: 3/13

Good Day Traders,

Overview & Highlights: Holding pattern waiting for the Fed. If the Fed follows the ECB lead we may see the rally strengthen after Wednesday.

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Mid-Week Market Sanity Check Topic: Convergence of Clues

General Market Observation: Last week each of the Tracking Indexes pushed higher with the current relief rally. The magnitude and staying power of this rally has many analyst scratching their heads and has led to a couple of fake out failures. Last week the catalyst that drove the market higher was the action of the ECB and comments by Mr. Draghi its president. This week the catalyst for market action will be the Fed which reports out on Wednesday March 16th. After Europe’s action last week will the Fed follow a “monkey see, monkey do” policy decision? We shall see Wednesday.

It’s always good to remember that regardless what our opinion may be, the Market doesn’t care! So while nothing has really changed since the big sell off at the beginning of the year the market has exceeded expectations since the bounce on February 11th. The markets will remaining in a holding pattern with an upward bias until after the Fed announcement. After the announcement Yellen holds a live press conference and these forays in front of the camera have tended to not foster a positive market reaction at least in the short term. Will the same be true this week?

I’m including two SPX charts in this report to provide a deeper view of what the index is doing. On the weekly chart a steep trend channel can now be drawn covering the move since 2/11. Notice how the weekly prices have moved up in this channel with no violations. Price has now pushed up to the down trending resistance line connecting the highs from 12/2 and 12/29. Price action Friday stopped close to the high of the day but also right at this resistance. Above this level there is another down trend resistance line. If price drift up into the box formed by the short term uptrend channel and the two downward sloping trend lines then this may be a decision zone for pushing higher or reversing. If price are held in this zone prior to the Fed announcement a breakout move either way may lead to potential trades.

The upward sloping trend channel translates well to the daily chart. Note that all daily price action has been maintained within the channel. As long as this channel remains in effect the short term uptrend will continue. Unless price action gets to any of the extremes depicted by the various trend lines there is nothing actionable. If there is a breakout above the first downtrend line it may provide a limited long opportunity of about 2.8%. The SPX did close above the 200 day moving average so while it has not taken out the highs from last year some technicians may say that a new uptrend is in place. While this is happening some negative divergence is appearing on daily TSI. With this being the Fed week standing by is a prudent stance.

SPX 3-11 Weekly

spx 3-11 Daily

Both the NDX and RUT also made progress on Friday also. If the Fed stays an interest rate hike and send a message that there will be no hikes until June or later all indexes may react with a positive move. In other words it would be a positive reaction to bad economic news. Kind of what the market has been doing of late!

Remember that until the highs from last year are taken out current price action is considered a short term uptrend in the context of a longer term downtrend. Prices on the NDX and RUT are still below the 200 day moving average which also fits the definition of a longer term downtrend.

SPX: Downside Market Short the SPY, SPY Puts or SPXU.
Preferred Long ETF’s: SPY, UPRO and SPXL

NDX: Downside Market Short the QQQ, QQQ Puts or SQQQ.
Preferred Long ETF’s: QQQ and TQQQ

RUT: Downside Market Short the IWM, IWM Puts or TZA.
Preferred Long ETF’s: IWM and TNA

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Index Returns YTD 2016

I’ve added a column to the Index YTD performance chart. The column on the far right shows the depth of the current correction with respect to the highs of the top from 2015.

Index YTD 3-11


ATTS Returns for 2016 through March 11, 2016

Percent invested $100K account: Strategies I & II invested at 0%; Strategy III invested at 20%.

Current Strategy Performance YTD (Closed Trades)
Strategy I: Down -1054.75 or -1.5%
Strategy II: 1.65%
Strategy III: Up $5062 or +25.3%

Cumulative YTD: 4.1%


Active Trend Trading’s Yearly Objectives:

    • Yearly Return of 40%
    • 60% Winning Trades
  • Early Warning Alert Target Yearly Return = 15% or better

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Outs & Ins: BSFT, BUFF, INCR and USCR make their debut to the IBD 50 this week. BSFT gapped higher on earnings two weeks ago and is holding onto the gains. On a longer term weekly chart there is not real trend only trading in a wide range between 20 and 40. BUFF, INCR and USCR all look interesting and may provide more immediate set ups. USCR is forming a cup with handle pattern and INCR is in the early stage of an uptrend. BUFF is a recent IPO and needs to do some backing and filling towards a breakout level at $20.

Both CALM and NOAH may complete pre-earnings run. I would favor CALM because there is over a week until earnings on 3/28 AMC. Watch AVGO for a breakout to the upside with an upside target of approximately 180 over a 4-5 week time period from breakout.

In-Out 3-11


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