As Technicians we like to use the phrase “the bigger the base, the higher in space” when talking about breakouts from consolidations. Long periods of indecisive price action build a lot of potential energy that is then released once a stock breaks out of its range. This applies to any asset class on any timeframe because the psychology behind the pattern is exactly the same. We’ve written about bases before and they’re common in our work, so click here if you’re interested in learning more about this pattern. [Read more…]
The Indian Financial Services sector is broken down into three formal sector indices: The Nifty Financial Services index, the Nifty Bank index, and the Nifty Public Sector (PSU) Bank index. Both the Nifty Financial Services and Nifty Bank index have been showing great leadership, sitting just off their all-time highs on both an absolute and relative basis, however, the Nifty Public Sector Bank index has not participated to the same extent. [Read more…]
One of the most recent developments that stands out among the sector rotation that we’re seeing is the strength in IT Stocks. We’re seeing a breakout on the NIFTY IT Sector Index and we’re seeing that IT Sector Index breaking out relative to the NIFTY500. So in other words, we’re seeing massive breakouts on both an absolute and relative basis. Those are characteristics of uptrends, not downtrends.
Today we’re focusing specifically on the NIFTY IT Index and how it’s doing compared to the rest of the market. You can see here how the NIFTY IT Index is breaking out to new all-time highs and now holding above the former highs from 2015. If we’re above that former resistance we want to be very aggressively long IT Stocks: [Read more…]
If you look through all of the commodities on the Multi Commodity Exchange of India I think you’ll find more opportunities today than at any point in the past year. I’m finding the best risk vs reward propositions in the metals and energy space specifically, not just in India but all over the world.
Today we’re taking a look at Gold specifically because I think it offers one of the best risk vs reward propositions on the entire exchange: [Read more…]
The monthly charts aren’t saying anything. Charts can’t speak remember? It’s up to us to take the behavior of the market and come up with our own interpretations of what is going on. There is no easy way to do this, just a lot of wrong ways. To help us continue to stay on the right side of the market, we always need to reevaluate the circumstances and come at it from all sorts of different angles. Usually we try and do that by incorporating International Indexes and Intermarket relationships into our process. Time, however, is probably the best tool we have in order to accomplish this. Using multiple timeframes throughout my process is the best way I know how to identify the direction of the primary trend. It’s hard to miss it when you’re consistently using Daily, Weekly and in this case, Monthly charts in your approach.
I have a lot of Monthly charts, as you can imagine. But the truth is that for this particular segment I try and focus on the message of the charts as a group. This exercise also really helps point out certain trends that you may have missed had you only gone back 5-10 years. These monthly candlesticks also tend to tell a story. So there are a lot of benefits in reviewing monthly charts at least once a, well month, because those are the only times they change. Even if you’re not a professional, going through monthly candles once a quarter is probably a good idea. I encourage everyone to incorporate this somehow into their process.
Here are some of the things that stand out to me in the this Monthly Candlestick Review: [Read more…]
The US Stock Market has been like watching grass grow. It’s a hot mess and I’m all for it. We turned Neutral towards US Stocks in March so watching both the bulls and the bears get whipped around is great theater from our cash heavy seats. Nothing I’ve seen in the past couple of weeks has changed my opinion on this environment. To the contrary, everything continues to suggest having huge cash positions and not trying to be too aggressive – long or short. Cash is king sometimes and neutral is a position too, don’t forget that.
Many of us have the ability to invest in other markets. For the few of you who cannot, I still think it’s a good learning experience and a valuable academic exercise to explore other markets. You might not be trading (or allowed to trade) foreign markets today, but I promise you that one day in the near future, buying stocks in India will be as seamless as buying Microsoft or Apple. For most of us, it already is. The world is getting smaller, not bigger. [Read more…]
The headline writers do their best to make you think that Gold is a US Dollar story. But in the real world, the one we’re all forced to live in, Gold is a Gold story. It really has nothing to do with the US Dollar, and if you price gold in the other currencies, you’ll see that very quickly. While gold might be struggling when priced in US Dollars, if you look at it priced in a weaker currency, say emerging markets, you’ll see a completely different picture.
Today we are looking at Gold priced in an equal-weight basket of Emerging Market Currencies, specifically the BRICS: [Read more…]