Sunday, March 15, 2009

Will Stocks Keep Rallying Next Week? We Don't Need To Know As The Charts Will Continue To Tell Us What To Do As It Happens; What Matters The Most Is T

I spent a lot of time this weekend (looked at over 6,000 charts in a little under an hour--53 minutes) scanning charts and have to say I see more "green" charts than I have since the March 2008 to June 2008 bear market rally. There appears to be MUCH BETTER looking stock patterns now than there was then, also. Back in March 2008, a lot of stocks were clearly topping and only making short-term bear market low-volume rallies back to resistance. There were very few winners then and very few "nice to hot" charts. DGLY and PDO were the only two that set up and did not fail. The key tell the market was over, to me, was when ACM setup in that beautiful pattern and started a very heavy volume move in June which end very quickly when in five days the stock closed below the key averages and the low of the purchase date. That was clearly a very negative situation to see occur for that stock. When stocks setup in strong bases like that, especially when they are new issues, and then fail, you know things are not going to go well. This rally has a lot of stocks with stocks making nice bases full of strong BOP and volume action. These stocks are showing up AFTER the market put in a huge decline, thus increasing our odds that if a successful setup resolves its way higher if and when they breakout from those patterns. Once again, I am going to keep it short as I have already given subscribers a TON OF INFORMATION this weekend with five videos for them to watch since Friday. Subscribers you are completely up-to-date and ready to battle this war for your capital. Great luck everyone! Aloha!

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Stocks End The Week On Another Weak Note, Despite A Last Hour Surge Into The Close; Shorts Are Making A LOT Of Money In This Market--It Feels Good But

Market Speculator is going to do the commentary this weekend since he was closer to the market than I was this week. I will however add some important stock market "notes" below. These notes are important key points that I want everyone to think about while we "search (yeah right!) for a bottom."

When Josh asked me to write a few comments about the market I didn't realize he'd sum up ALL THE FACTS below in his notes below! Throughout much of the week the action was dominated by the actions of short-sellers covering and re-shorting. It appeared as if all the large institutional players were simply selling into any strength we saw all week long. The market needs institutional support to move higher, but we simply are seeing these institutional players as net sellers rather than net buyers of this market.

There is absolutely no need for us to be trying to pick a bottom here. Our charts will lead us to the stocks that will lead this market out from a bottom. Unfortunately, we have really do not have ANY stocks at this point that provide this market with the type of leadership to move us higher. We will find these stocks when we do finally reach a short-term or even "the" bottom. Until then, we simply wait and take our opportunities on the short side.

The number one concern we must be aware of is the EXPLOSION in the monetary base of the United States!


If this does not scare you, what will scare you is that never before in Human history has any Government EVER has increased its money supply like the Federal Reserve and US Treasury. One piece of the inflation equation is the supply of money. The more money you have floating in the system the more expensive goods and services become. Unfortunately, in the near future we may begin to feel the consequences of our Federal Reserve, Congress, President, and Treasury's actions.

We'll continue to stay on top of this market and extract profits from this terrible market and cut our losses when it is prudent to do so. Capital preservation is the #1 game at the moment. We will get a new bull market at some point and we'll be ready to take advantage!

Market Speculator

Notes from Joshua Hayes:

--There were only 2 stocks making new 52-week highs (one was too thin to think of...what was the other one? RGR (Sturm Ruger). Why do you think that company is hitting a new high? BTW, while only 2 stocks made a new high, there were 1,199 stocks making a new low. This is not bullish and is ONLY bearish.

--A little good news is that the Nasdaq is developing some great RS to the SP-500 since the November lows and while the NYSE fell 7% this week the IBD 100 only fell 4.8%. This makes it possible for a possible over-sold bounce in the future. However, I would wait for a series of higher highs and higher lows before trying to play this market on the long side.

--IPOs in the past year make up 1.1% of the total stocks available on the NYSE. This is, by FAR, an all-time low. When the stock market is in an uptrend it is common to see anywhere between 4% to 7% of all issues being IPOs. The recent high happened on March 16, 2005 when 9.3% of all stocks on the NYSE were new issues in the past year. Pretty impressive! In 1999, I can honestly say it must have been around 15-20% of all stocks on the Nasdaq. So clearly we are in depressing waters since new issues are the lifeblood of growth in the stock market. The fewer IPOs the lower the gains the market will produce. 1.1% is a horrible number and if it gets below 1% it will be very upsetting.

--If this is a capitulation bottom, where is all the volume? Where is the HUGE intraday reversal? No, my friends, Friday was not a capitulation bottom.

--Right now the AAII is showing the most bears its survey has ever shown with average investors coming in at 18% bullish and 70% bearish. Bearishness is very thick, in the public arena. As for the investment newsletter writers, the same thing can be said. Bulls come in at 29.7% while bearish newsletter writers are 44% bearish. With the crowd so bearish, it must be showing up in the volatility gauges that we use, ALONG WITH PRICE AND VOLUME ACTION IN THE INDEXES, right? Wrong!

--Back on March 17, 2008 friendly (ROFLMBO) people like Sandy Wright, my accountant, and Jim Cramer were telling me to buy LEH, BSC, GS, WFC, C, BAC, and other "cheap" stocks that I was "too stupid to realize they were bargains." Since none of these people could read a chart to save their lives, I tried to figure out why they would want to go long here when, to me, CLEARLY, the market was possibly beginning to really top out and start a potential nasty bear market. It became obvious to me it was simply greed and the fact that the market was very fearful and they were all trying to be cute and catch a big move. It failed. The put/call on that date was a whopping 1.41! When the November lows came for the market in late 2008, it didn't look right, even though the VIX hit 90! Why? The put/call was still no where near 1.41. I believe it hit about 1.2 and that was it. Right now, the put/call is .93. Does this .93 put/call show the same amount of fear as the 1.41 day? Not even close. So how can this be a bottom? Let's look at the VIX first, before we answer that.

--The VIX today is a high 49 very close to the magical 50-60 range that used to indicate a bottom. That was until those November lows. In November, the VIX hit 89.53, intraday, which was the highest intraday reading since the 1987 crash. With the VIX hitting new highs it hasn't seen in over 20 years the market must be indicating enough fear in the trading to be at a low right? Not so fast. Remember, the put/call was only 1.25 at its highest and that was not higher than the 1.41 in March. Therefore, the VIX and put/call did not confirm a bottom in November just like it didn't confirm one in March.

--The NYSE, the SP 600, the SP 500, the Russell 2000, the IBD 100, the DJIA, and the IBD 85-85 all have the worst accumulation/distribution you can have with E. The only index without an E is the Nasdaq.

--The NYSE short-interest ratio is at 8.69 which is much healthier than the 17.99 it displayed right before the swoon from October to November. This is a bright spot, along with the healthy level of bearishness with the overall public, for a possible bottom. However, before you go out trying to call a bottom with anything I have listed today in my "notes," don't forget the most important ingredient in this market dish is price and volume of leading stocks and the market.

--How many beautiful max green BOP filled, heavy accumulation with low distribution filled, nice and tight green charts are there out there right now? I have the scans that find them. I can tell you. About two to three. Two to three! That's it! I should have at least two hands full of "hot" stocks starting to setup or near completing a setup, before I actually get confident in calling a bottom.

--Not only will a handful or two of "hot" stocks be required, but we MUST see leading (CANSLIM quality) stocks in leading industries setting up and breaking out or at least leading the market higher, before I ever rely on any of the indicators I spoke of above before going heavily long the market.

--The most important thing to look for a bottom, however, is the simple price and volume of the general market. When the market starts selling off on BELOW average volume (the past week EVERY DOWN DAY WAS EITHER A NASTY SELL OFF OR A DISTRIBUTION DAY) and then hits the lows and reverses on strong volume, which is then followed by another up day and then within the next 3-10 days have a very high volume accumulation day (volume needs to be higher than the day before), then and only then can we look for a bottom. If you have those three up-sessions (PLEASE, study the 2003 FTD I believe on March 17, 2003) within 4 to 11 sessions, have "hot and beautiful" green chart patterns setting up in proper chart patterns, have CANSLIM stocks moving higher or setting up in proper bases ready to breakout, have a put/call near 1.41, have a VIX near 90, and there are more bears than bulls in the two key surveys then you know we have a bottom...or at least have the potential for a real bottom. Any "potential bottom" anyone calls out there on CNBC or in the WSJ is just noise, unless everything lines up. Just remember, the most important part is the actual index and the price and volume action of that index. The put/call, the VIX, the surveys, the opinions, and anything else technicians/contrarians use to try to ID bottoms are useless, UNLESS THE PRICE AND VOLUME ACTION IN THE INDEXES AND LEADING STOCKS ARE MOVING HIGHER.

Aloha and I will be back to the "normal" routine on Monday when our Platinum subscriber Todd goes home. As subscribers know I still came in the chat room, updated the forums fully, and updated the longs and shorts pages every day, while basically on a vacation. There aren't many people that will work harder FOR YOU than me. I love you all (minus that jerk I just kicked out of my website) and hope you continue to make us much money as I am in this horrible economic environment. I HATE SOCIALISM and pray for the day when the stock market can return to normal.

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Another Nasty Session On Above Average Volume Rocks Stock Indexes For Sizeable Losses; Socialism = DEATH OF AMERICA! LET FREE MARKETS BE FREE!!

I believe John Ward will be posting today's pre-market commentary. Aloha!

Well, so much for that rally attempt. It was a loss of 4% or more for all the indexes. Small caps got hit especially hard. Volume ran hotter across board, too, except for the Nasdaq and Nasdaq 100 (though volume was still above average). Both the S&P 500 and DJIA hit new bear market lows. All in all, it was a nasty day.

Whether it’s GM’s auditors being concerned that Chapter 7 bankruptcy could be inevitable, or doubts about the viability of the banks, or doubts about the FDIC having the funds to guarantee the banks’ deposits, the news has been nothing short of dismal. After all, what happens when the fund that protects our deposits against bank insolvency is itself insolvent? Sheila Bair assured us not all that long ago that the taxpayer won't have to bail out the FDIC. Hmm, where have we heard that one before? She said banks, not the taxpayer, will pay to fund the FDIC. Yet, as I thought to myself at the time, how will that work if those banks are themselves insolvent! So, yes, it’s official: we are all trapped in a bad Kafka novel. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the esteemed senator from the great state of Connecticut, Christopher Dodd, is moving to allow the FDIC to “temporarily borrow as much as $500 billion from the Treasury Department.” You have to love that adverb: “temporarily.” Fire up those printing presses, boys!

Couple all this with what is going on with some of the public pension funds that are out there, which by law the states must guarantee, and you have the makings of a very hairy situation for the dollar indeed. This might explain gold’s perfect bounce off the 50dma today.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is tackling threats head on; for example, Mad Money’s Jim Cramer. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answered a question regarding comments Cramer made on the Today Show by, in essence, insulting him. But, in response to Gibbs saying that “the president has to look out for the broader economy and the broader population," Cramer, who I can’t believe I’m quoting, wrote quite correctly: “Only the people who have lifetime tenure, insured solid pensions and rent homes but own no stocks personally are unaffected. Sure that's a lot of people, but believe me, they aspire to have homes and portfolios. If we only want to help those who have no wealth to destroy, we are not helping the majority of Americans; we are not helping the broader population.”

So, given all that is going on, is it any great surprise that the American Association of Individual Investors comes out with a study that shows over 70% of its members are bearish, the highest reading since the index’s creation in 1987? They tell me these sorts of reports are good contrarian indicators, that extreme bearishness is actually bullish. If that is true, then why, even after a day like today, is the Put/Call ratio still under 1.00, according to Investor’s Business Daily? So don’t confuse bearishness for fear. Fear is what makes a bottom, not bearishness.

As we have repeated here at BigWaveTrading ad nauseam: Cash Is King! If you followed this advice, pat yourself on the back and thank your lucky stars. Take a gander at the returns of the top mutual funds, you’ll see what I mean. Think of it this way: a 0% return this past year puts you in the top echelon! And they say investing is hard….

John Ward (Author_Ego - chat room handle)

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Nasty Selloff, On Friday, On Huge Volume, Sends Indexes Into 1997 Levels; I Feel A Nasty Selloff Coming. Hope I Am Wrong!

It was an ugly end to an ugly week and this was good news to us at because are long-term shorts are really starting to pay off. This can be seen by just looking below at our top short returns. As you can imagine, with our Gold longs, it was a very good week.

I think it is best for everyone to just stop listening to the media and start paying attention to your charts only. It has become very clear by looking at the "best" pundits returns for 2008 that they are the least trustworthy bunch of stock advisers that there can be. Heck even my accountant who runs a ton of stock trading accounts admitted that I had the best returns last year. So it has become very clear to me that most are doing horrible.

Not surprisingly the active investors that did the worst were daytraders. I am not shocked by that as much as the "trading advice" he was attempting to give me. Why was this shocking? Because he just admitted that he was one of "those" that lost a lot of money in 2008, yet there he is telling me, once again, how I should probably invest.

It was crazy to think that someone that lost so much buying bank stocks all year long and who just saw my GAINS FOR 2008 is telling me "the right way to trade." I asked him why he believed his way was better than mine even with the huge difference in returns. His response was, "that is what I learned in college and from reading Warren Buffett." Instead of cracking up and peeing in my pants I decided, instead, to ask him how much he has paid in "market tuition" in becoming an investor. He told me he has bought five books by Warren Buffett and "just knows to buy financials cheap." Where did he learn that? Nowhere. He created this rule in his head. If he bought bank stocks "cheap" all year in 2008, how do you think he did?...exactly. What is the point of all of this?

It's simple! Clearly he spent too much money going to college and learning how to become an accountant he said and thus would not pay for financial advice. I said, "sir, that is why you are down over 50% this year and have ruined 20 years of gains in one year." The outcome of this mess...he has to move off of Maui and I now will have a new accountant.

Folks, the honest to God truth is that if you are reading this, are not a subscriber, and our losing money currently in the market you need to go take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself if you COULD handle a 20 year bear market with losses most years. The funny thing about the members of BWT is that a LOT of subscribers did better than me last year because their long and short decisions were better timed and they went heavy in the right shorts and the few longs we had. The one thing they all had in common? NONE! of my subscribers are even 1/2 way to being down 55% like the NYSE is. NONe! And this year has even been better so far in that both our shorts are KILLING it and so are our Gold longs. Being long Gold and short the market has been a blessing for the BWT crew so far this year and I am sure by the end of the year the intelligent o'hana (family) of BigWaveTrading will be outperforming the majority of stock websites out there.

Everyone must invest in themselves. Why in the world do 95% of the American population pay more for cable bills every year over investment publications? Why do over 95% take more time thinking about the outfit they are going to wear instead of their next investment decision in the markets. NOBODY needs other people to invest their money for them unless they have less than 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. If you have at least 30 minutes a day for five days during a seven day stretch, there is NO EXCUSE to not be running your own money. However, if you don't have that amount of time then SURE give your money to Ken Heebner.

If you have the time you have no excuse. By using that time clock I just gave you, knowing that it WILL take at least two-to-three years to do it CORRECTLY, CONSISTENTLY, AND PROFITABLY, and then at the end of this tuition period you will be able to scan, research the few that show up at night, and then enter your orders in about 1 hour to 3 hours depending on how many show up in the scans nightly is the best job in the world. Why? You have the other 21 to 22 hours of the day to do whatever you want. Even if that is daytrading, so-be-it!

I want to apologize to everyone in case there are any mistakes in this tonight. On Sunday morning I woke up to a severe! MS attack that has rendered my left hand numb completely and useless. So I did all of this with one hand and it took very long. However, everyone needs to understand that YOU WILL NOT EVER!!! make money without spending money on market advice.

When I started, by the age of 17 I was paying $200 EVERY month for access with an elite group of traders. NOT only that but at 16 I (not mommy or daddy) was paying for IBD and by 17 you could throw Telechart data into the equation. The bottom line: the more money you spend on GREAT TOOLS like Daily Graphs, Worden charts, and low cost commission houses like Interactive Brrokers, the more money that you spend to learn from the best, the better you will be. My subscribers know this and I am telling you I have NEVER seen such a correlation in portfolio performance from those that get free advice from the market and those that pay for GREAT advice. Those that pay definitely get to play and stay. Those that don't, the market and YOU know you are a joke. Very few are cut out for this but if you are going to commit to a big wave you could find no better spot.

Once again, I apologize for my Multiple Sclerosis attack. These normally take a month to pass but pray that it last just a few days. No matter what...I'll be in the chat room!

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