Markets extended higher during October, raising even more technical “red flags”. The Investors Intelligence Industry Bell Curve gives a quick handy overview of the current condition of the broad market and this month's report starts with that illustration, comparing it to a period when the market was stretched in the opposite direction.
We also review the Quantitative Easing timeline and its influence on the S&P 500's direction. Tied to QE policy is of course the US Dollar, so we also take a look at how that chart is shaping up over the medium-term.
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The Investors Intelligence Industry bell-curve plots the distribution of industries based on their bullish % charts. The bullish % chart depicts the percentage of stocks in a given sector with P&F bull trends and is a quick visual method to gauge whether a sector is overbought or oversold.
Coming off the July low (when the S&P 500 was some 13% lower than current levels) the bell curve was skewed to the left, with two groups in the super-oversold group.
The current bell curve, as of the end of the first week of November, is skewed heavily in the opposite direction to the July standings, revealing that conditions are now overheating. Certainly equities can go higher but the best part of the gains are likely behind us. Often, when the industries are collectively overbought, a sharp correction follows with in a few weeks to alleviate conditions.
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The World Money Show comes to London
The World Money Show, which many investors will know from its annual well-attended Florida event is in London this weekend. There will be seminars and talks from many leader market commentators including Roger Bootle, Gillian Tett and Bill Bonner. In addition to this the brokers, software suppliers and financial media providers will be setting out their stalls - it's a useful event for exploring new developments in investing.
Investors Intelligence will be fielding two speakers - On Saturday 13th Nov at 9.30am Mark Glowrey will be discussing income investments along with a panel of other speakers. Later in the afternoon Fullermoney's Eoin Treacy will be presenting "Trends that will dominate the markets in the next 10 years and how to profit from them".
This event is free to attend, but you should register in advance here. We hope to see some of you at the show - it's held at the Queen Elizabeth II conference center on the north side of Parliment Square. Nearest tube is Westminster.
The rally of the past two months kicked off two days after hints of QE2 were made in late August, so it will be interesting to see if the old adage of “buy the rumor, sell the fact” plays out with respect to QE2. The clock is ticking for this and for that to work equities would need to reverse over the next few days.
In reviewing the timeline for QE1, the S&P 500 collapsed over 8% on the Monday following the QE1 announcement of Wednesday November 25th 2008. After that, the index traded sideways for two months, prior to reasserting lower into the March 2009 nadir. QE2 was implemented during a very different and a lot less volatile climate, and the Monday following the official statement last week saw just a mild retreat.
Regarding the current technicals of the S&P 500, it is now testing resistance from the April high. In theory it should struggle here as momentum is overbought and more importantly there are divergences amongst key Investors Intelligence breadth and volume indicators. Our strategy remains cautious with respect to equities and commodities, at least until a better buying opportunity presents develops.
This timeline was reviewed in last Friday's Coe Report.
Currencies – the Green back
The US Dollar has been a hot topic following the Fed's money printing QE2 program. The US Dollar Index (DXY) has fallen down to potential support from a trend line drawn between the 2008 and 2009 lows. This line also marks the lower boundary of a symmetrical triangle that is building across the 500-day exponential moving average.
Triangles reflect indecision and it's too early to determine whether this is a consolidation of the longer-term downtrend or a triangle bottom. The latter is however rarer. Either way, a bounce from here is likely, back up to the upper boundary of the pattern, around 88. That would cause weakness in commodities in the weeks ahead as that they are of course price in USD's.
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