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Stock Market: Downside Targets

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

There comes a time when things get tough to turn to the Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) approach and this is one of those occasions.   You will recall my earlier yardsticks when the market was headed up that I mentioned things always get difficult around round numbers.  On that occasion the hiccup occurred at 16,000, 4000, and 1800 on the DJIA, NASDAQ and S&P 500, respectively.  Now many moons later since those numbers were finally breached to the upside, we are once again sitting just above them as the support levels before the Market Indexes finally give up the ghost to the downside:

Target Picture

Here is the Current Status:

Target Indexes

…And here using the -4% Benchmarks I always use to gauge the potential Targets is the NASDAQ:

Target Nasdaq

Now you have it… the Rationale being that at these ROUND NUMBERS there is now plenty of Support and with all the shenanagins of the Big Guns they either mean business to hold the line at these levels or World News is too difficult to overcome.  If the Market Indexes stay above these round numbers, then play till the cows come home, if you can put up with the Turmoil.  Lesson learned…When in doubt, Keep it Pithy!

Best Regards,


Stock Market: One Word…Turmoil!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

A very Happy Easter Wishes to all of you in this Shake and Bake Market, as I watch Matt Kucher and Luke Donald battle it out on the Golf Course at Hilton Head, South Carolina in the Heritage Classic.

Easter Picture

At least the Stock Market Bounced for what has been the best week of the Year, and I suppose we mustn’t complain that it wasn’t better especially for the NASDAQ and the RUT, but Beggars can’t be choosers!

Easter Indexes

Sad to say that the Canaries are gasping in the Coalmine and their Index is down a whopping -31%.  Let’s hope that it is time for these to see some support from what is an oversold Index:

Easter Canaries

…And here is the Index to prove it:

Easter Canaries2

The Russel 2000 (RUT) which has been a leading Index for so long has now turned to being the second poorest from its high at -6.2% and only just ahead of the NASDAQ which is at -6.3%:

Easter RUT

With the rebound this week in the Market, the VIX is quiet once again and in the ENJOY area:

Easter VIX

…And here is the “Enjoy”, if you dare to play:

Easter VIX2

Grandma’s Pies show that the S&P 1500 is essentially back to Stalemate:

Easter Pies

Here is the Turmoil we have tolerated for the last three months:

Easter Turmoil

Let’s be realistic about where this Market stands despite all the Wibbly-Wobbly we have tolerated;  Except for the NASDAQ, RUT and NDX, most Indexes are only -4% or far less from their Highs.

Easter Indexes2

I am thinking of my buddy the Scotsman, Mike MacDonald, and hoping like him for a Highland Fling in the Market:

Easter Fling

Good Luck to you all.  Best Regards.


Stock Market: Late Breaking News…Watch QQQs

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

My good friend, Phil Deane, from across the pond in Jolly Old England sent me this picture of the action in the QQQs today.  Many of you know him as he has attended our seminars and made valuable contributions.  His comment is at the top.  I added the thought at the bottom as this was certainly some reversal day!  I couldn’t help but share it with all of you, but it might just be wishful thinking after all the turmoil these last few weeks:

News Picture

Keep your Powder Dry!  Best Regards,


Stock Market: Time to Protect Your Nest Egg

Friday, April 11th, 2014

This is just a quick follow up to the previous notes as things are getting a trifle messy now:

Nest Egg Picture

Nest Egg Indexes

Here is a snapshot taken almost five months ago when we were breaking through round numbers:

Nest Egg Indexes2

Well, I called this one right and now we are into Nail-Biting time:

Nest Egg Nasdaq

Best Regards,


Stock Market: Preparing for Big Shoe to Drop

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

For the past month the Big Guns have yanked our chain with this Wibbly-Wobbly Market, and it is time to at least plan for a sudden Knee Jerk to the Downside to see what are reasonable Targets.

Big Shoe Picture

The quality of a Bounce Play after a dip will invariably give us a clue of the shape of things to come, and frankly today’s efforts as I write this before the Market closes has been especially strong in the NASDAQ, the NDX and the RUT which were the weakest of them all.  It pays at times like these to be prepared with some downside Targets so that we are not taken by surprise as it is the Capitulation that invariably does the most damage to our Nest-Eggs:

Big Shoe Emotions

It always pays to understand the Folklore of the Four-Year Presidential Cycle, where Year #2 is invariably the most vulnerable and susceptible to Big Corrections.  There is no knowing when the big drop will come, but we have now been over five years since the big drop in 2008 and we have not had even a 12% intermediate correction these past 15 months, so we are due for one sooner rather than later.  Meanwhile, this has been dubbed a “Fed Cat Bounce” and you know the slogan of “Don’t Fight the FED”, so play along until things peter out once again:

Big Shoe Folklore

To show you what I mean about the influence of the Fed, here is a snapshot I captured earlier today when the Indexes all started to bounce after the Fed Meeting Minutes were announced, so we have a Fed Cat Bounce:

Big Shoe Indexes

…And here are the Canaries Chirping back again two days ago and again today (not shown), so more things to watch:

Big Shoe Canaries

We are back at Stalemate on the Accumulation vs. Distribution Ratio as of last night:

Big Shoe abcde

My job is to stay ahead of the game and at this stage to give you insight of the Targets for the downside, but there is absolutely no panic yet, as with today’s bounce all of the Indexes are back into safe territory from their highs:

Big Shoe No ROT

Once this Bounce Play is over, watch for the next downward thrust and the two items I list is what you need to watch for.  Ron, my partner, has mentioned 4000 on the NASDAQ as the critical target to watch and here is the picture:

Big Shoe Nasdaq

…And here are the rest of the Targets for you to keep a beady eye on, and to act accordingly:

Big Shoe targets

Stay Safe and Keep Your Powder Dry!

Best Regards,


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