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Cyclicals and Biotechs are Trading Above Their 200-Day Lines

by John Murphy

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in John Murphy's Market Message on Thursday, January 31st at 12:34pm ET. Chart 4 shows the Consumer Discretionary SPDR (XLY) trading above its 200-day line in today's trading. That a positive sign for the economically-sensitive sector and the market. It's usually a good sign for both when cyclical stocks are leading it higher. Chart 5 shows the Biotechnology Index ($BTK) also trading above its 200-day line. That's giving a boost to the healthcare sector and the Nasdaq market. Interestingly, defensive stock groups like consumer staples Read More 

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Earnings Season Brings with it Lots of Trading Candidates

by John Hopkins

We're now deep into earnings season, with hundreds of companies reporting last week alone. The reaction to earnings so far has been mostly positive - witness the nice move higher in the market. But we've also seen some earnings misses, with those companies taking it on the chin. The very good news for traders is that, at some point, those companies that beat or missed expectations will become high reward-to-risk trading opportunities, both on the long and short side - especially for those traders who exhibit extreme patience. As an example, take a look at the chart below on Read More 

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New Feature Alert! Introducing The Advanced Scan Editor

by Grayson Roze

Calling all scanners! The biggest thing since sliced bread has just hit the Advanced Scan Workbench. Last week, we released a major upgrade to our premier scanning tool – the Advanced Scan Editor. This useful addition to the Advanced Scan Workbench is designed to make it both easier and faster to create and run your own custom technical scans. When you write a new scan or edit a saved one, the new Advanced Scan Editor will automatically check the syntax as you type. It can provide shortcuts and suggestions, point out Read More 

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New IT Trend Model for Dow - Rising Trend Channels Replace Ascending Wedges

by Erin Swenlin

Today, we had a new Intermediate-Term Trend Model (ITTM) BUY signal trigger on the Dow Industrials ($INDU). Additionally, the SPY (which is not on the Scoreboards) triggered a new ITTM BUY signal as well. Be sure to read Carl's DP Weekly Wrap for this week to read about that signal change in more detail. The other three large-cap Scoreboards will add similar signals next week unless price falls below the 50-EMAs.  Not only are we seeing several ITTM BUY signals appearing or nearly arriving, but the bearish ascending wedges Read More 

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Three Things From January Stand Out

by Greg Schnell

There are three areas of the market perking up nicely that you might not be hearing about much on the business news channels. These are Chinese stocks, Solar stocks and Industrial Metals. For the Chinese stocks, I will use the KWEB ETF to represent a broad group of Chinese technology companies. The Chinese Technology ETF is turning up nicely. The SCTR is still very low, but some individual stocks in the ETF and the broader Chinese technology group look pretty strong. I talked more about these stocks on the January 23rd episode of Market Buzz. Read More 

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3 Stocks Awaiting A Possible Earnings Explosion

by Tom Bowley

Analysts meet with the management teams of companies and then return to their firms and either buy or sell based on the information they gather.  It's the primary reason why technical price action precedes fundamental information.  If you understand the dynamics on Wall Street, you're in a much better position to profit from it.  Over the past 3-4 months, the stock market endured much volatility and turmoil, sold off hard and then rallied strongly.  Many stocks appear to be technically sound, however, holding up well during the Q4 misery, and are poised for solid Read More 

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New Pre-Defined Groups And A Look At FAANG Stocks On Relative Rotation Graphs

by Julius de Kempenaer

If you are a regular user of Relative Rotation Graphs you are probably aware of the pre-defined groups (universes) that you can choose from when you open the drop-down box at the top op the chart. In order to make life easier (for our users) and provide structure, I am working on a project to get more pre-defined groups added to that list. A few months ago the group "Asset Allocation" was already added at the top of the list and a few headers were inserted in the list to make it more readable. The most used and probably most Read More 

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Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders

by Arthur Hill

The S&P 500 is in the midst of a big run that lifted most boats, especially financial stocks. Even though these stocks are leading with the biggest gains over the last three weeks, most big financials are still in downtrends overall and below their 200-day SMAs. Take Citigroup for example. Even with the big surge, Citigroup remains below its November-December highs and nowhere close to a new high. The stock has merely returned to the breakdown zone in the 65 area. This suggests that it is more pretender than contender. True contenders (leaders) are above their November-December highs Read More 

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January Stock Rebound Continues

by John Murphy

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in John Murphy's Market Message on Friday, January 18th at 11:01am ET. All major U.S. stock indexes have exceeded their 50-day averages (blue lines). That still leaves their 200-day averages to contain the rally. But there are a couple of other resistance lines that still need to be tested. Chart 1 shows the Dow Industrials nearing a test of their 200-day average (red arrow). In addition, the falling trendline drawn over its October/December highs should also provided stiff overhead resistance. The Dow would have to clear both barriers Read More 

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Railroads Are Rolling

by Greg Schnell

Railroads are back in an uptrend after the fourth-quarter correction. I like to keep track of the railroads and their relative strength compared to the $SPX. Most recently, the relative strength panel pulled down to the trend line and bounced off again; a nice bullish setup. Moving to the individual railroads, Kansas City Southern had a monster week. Price soared almost 8%! This follows an already big week last week. Since the December lows, the stock has gone up a massive 22%. The SCTR shows that KSU is moving into the top quadrant for price Read More 

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