Tech Talk for Monday July 15th

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Pre-opening Comments for Monday July 15th 2019

U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 6 points in pre-opening trade.

China announced second quarter GDP. Rate of growth on a year-over-year basis dropped to 6.2%, lowest rate of growth in 22 years.

Boeing dropped $4.25 to $361.08 after major U.S. airlines announced postponements for relaunch of their Boeing 737 Max aircraft.


General Electric slipped $0.09 to $10.28 after UBS downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy.


MolsonCoors slipped $0.15 to $54.23 after Bank of America/Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to Under Perform from Buy. Target price was cut to $50 from $70.


Citigroup added $0.83 to $72.61 after reporting higher than consensus second quarter earnings.



EquityClock’s Daily Market Comment

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The Bottom Line

Continue to hold favoured equities for now, but prepare to take seasonal profits on the first signs of significant short term technical weakness. World equity markets moved higher again last week. Most equity markets are intermediate overbought, but have yet to show signs of peaking. History is repeating. Most equity markets have a history of moving higher from late June to mid-July. Thereafter, equity markets have a history of entering into a period of increased volatility and a downward bias into mid-October. Expected events beyond mid-July this year suggest that the time to take seasonal profits is rapidly approaching. Events of concern include lower year-over-year quarterly earnings reports by major corporations that will confirm an earning recession (i.e. two consecutive year-over-year quarterly earnings declines), increasing political uncertainty (i.e. Federal election in Canada that likely will lead to a minority government, a likely attempt by the Democrats to impeach Donald Trump following the Mueller testimonies in the third week in July) and unsettled trade negotiations.



Favourable seasonal influences on equity indices, commodities and sectors from June 28th to July 17th continued on schedule this year. Note changes in seasonality ratings later in this report on a wide variety of equity indices, commodities and sectors effective July 17th.


Technical action by individual S&P 500 stocks remained bullish last week. Number of stocks breaking intermediate resistance totaled 40 while number of stocks breaking support totaled 7. The Up/Down ratio advanced last week to (268/137=) 1.96 from 1.82.

Medium term technical indicators for U.S. equity markets (e.g. Percent of stocks trading above their 50 day moving average, Bullish Percent Index) moved higher again last week. They remain intermediate overbought. See charts near the end of this report

Medium term technical indicators in Canada also moved slightly lower last week. They remain intermediate overbought and show early signs of rolling over. See charts near the end of this report.

Most short term technical indicators for U.S. markets and sectors (20 day moving averages, short term momentum indicators) continued moving higher last week

Short term technical indicators for Canadian markets and sectors were mixed last week.

Short term political concerns in the U.S. remain elevated. Issues include tariff wars between the U.S and China, increased tensions with Iran and anti-Trump hearings initiated by the Democrat controlled House of Representatives. The recently released Mueller report is expected to elevate political rhetoric. Mueller is schedule to testify before Congress on July 24th .

Forecasts for S&P 500 revenues and earnings moved slightly lower again last week. Declines were prompted partially by strength in the U.S. Dollar Index. According to FactSet, second quarter earnings are expected to drop 3.0% on a year-over-year basis (versus 2.6% last week) and second quarter revenues are expected to increase 3.7% (versus 3.8% last week). Eighty eight companies have issued negative second quarter guidance and 26 companies have issued positive guidance. Third quarter earnings are expected to drop 0.8% (versus a drop of 0.5% last week) and revenues are expected to increase 3.3% (versus 3.8% last week). Fourth quarter earnings are expected to increase 6.0% (versus 6.3% last week) and fourth quarter revenues are expected to increase 4.2% (versus 4.4% last week). For all of 2019, earnings are expected to increase 2.4% (versus 2.6% last week) and revenues are expected to increase 4.3% (versus 4.4% last week). First quarter 2020 earnings are expected to increase 9.8% (versus 9.9% last week) and revenues are expected to increase 5.8 %. Second quarter 2020 earnings are expected to increase 13.2% (versus 13.3% last week) and revenue are expected to increase 6.6%.

The VIX Index has a history of reaching a seasonal low on July 17th for an upside move to mid-October.



Economic News This Week

July Empire State Manufacturing Survey to be released at 8:30 AM EDT on Monday is expected to improve to 2.00 from -8.60 in June.

June Retail Sales to be released at 8:30 AM EDT on Tuesday are expected to increase 0.2% versus a gain of 0.5% in May. Excluding auto sales, June Retail Sales are expected to increase 0.2% versus a gain of 0.5% in May.

June Capacity Utilization to be released at 9:15 AM EDT on Tuesday is expected to remain at 78.1% reached in May. June Industrial Production is expected to increase 0.1% versus a gain of 0.4% in May.

June Housing Starts to be released at 8:30 AM EDT on Wednesday are expected to slip to 1.262 million units from 1.269 million units in May.

June Canadian Consumer Price Index to be released at 8:30 AM EDT on Wednesday are expected to decrease 0.2% versus a gain of 0.4% in May (2.0% versus 2.4% year-over-year).

Beige Book is released at 2:00 PM EDT on Wednesday.

Initial Jobless Claims to be released at 8:30 AM EDT are expected to increase to 215,000 from 209,000 last week.

July Philly Fed Index to be released at 8:30 AM EDT on Thursday is expected to recover to 5.0 from 0.3 in June.

July Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index to be released at 10:00 AM EDT on Friday is expected to slip to 98.50 from 98.2 in June.


Selected Earnings Reports This Week

Fifty seven S&P 500 and 7 Dow Jones Industrial stocks are scheduled to report quarterly results this week

change for july 15


Trader’s Corner


Equity Indices and related ETFs

Daily Seasonal/Technical Equity Trends for July 12th 2019

spx july 15

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day



Daily Seasonal/Technical Commodities Trends for July 12th 2019

crb july 15

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day



Daily Seasonal/Technical Sector Trends for July 12th 2019

xlk july 15

Green: Increase from previous day

Red: Decrease from previous day


Technical Scores

Calculated as follows:

Intermediate Uptrend based on at least 20 trading days: Score 2

          (Higher highs and higher lows)

Intermediate Neutral trend: Score 0

          (Not up or down)

Intermediate Downtrend: Score -2

          (Lower highs and lower lows)


Outperformance relative to the S&P 500 Index: Score: 2

Neutral Performance relative to the S&P 500 Index: 0

Underperformance relative to the S&P 500 Index: Score –2

Above 20 day moving average: Score 1

At 20 day moving average: Score: 0

Below 20 day moving average: –1

Up trending momentum indicators (Daily Stochastics, RSI and MACD): 1

Mixed momentum indicators: 0

Down trending momentum indicators: –1

Technical scores range from -6 to +6. Technical buy signals based on the above guidelines start when a security advances to at least 0.0, but preferably 2.0 or higher. Technical sell/short signals start when a security descends to 0, but preferably -2.0 or lower.

Long positions require maintaining a technical score of -2.0 or higher. Conversely, a short position requires maintaining a technical score of +2.0 or lower


Changes Last Week

changes spx for july 15


StockTwits released on Friday @EquityClock

Technical action by S&P 500 Index to 10:00: Quietly bullish. Intermediate breakouts: $HP $CSCO $WDC. Breakdown: $BMY

Editor’s Note: After 10:00 AM EDT, intermediate breakouts included DISCA, PHM, OXY, JKHY, UHS, CTXS, DISH, HAS, UAA, PGR and IPG. No breakdowns.


Cisco $CSCO, a NASDAQ 100 stock moved above $57.79 to an all-time high extending an intermediate uptrend.


Citrix Systems $CTXS, a NASDAQ 100 stock moved above $100.73 setting an intermediate uptrend.


U.S. Airline stocks soar! Breakouts by $UAA $AAL $DJUSAR



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S&P 500 Momentum Barometers


Percent of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 50 day moving average increased last week to 85.20 from 82.20. Percent remains intermediate overbought.


Bullish Percent Index for S&P 500 stocks slipped last week to 74.00 from 74.80. Percent remains intermediate overbought.


TSX Momentum Barometers


Percent of TSX stocks trading above their 50 day moving average slipped last week to 60.26 from 66.24. Percent remains intermediate overbought and shows signs of rolling over.


Bullish Percent Index for TSX stocks remained unchanged last week at 60.33. The Index remains intermediate overbought.


Disclaimer: Seasonality and technical ratings offered in this report and at are for information only. They should not be considered as advice to purchase or to sell mentioned securities. Data offered in this report is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed

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11 Responses to “Tech Talk for Monday July 15th”

  1. Paula Says:

    Thanks for your comments and updated $HUI:GLD and $CDW charts last night. I’ll be looking for an opportunity in XGD.TO. FYI, I sold XLK into the open today. Don’t like the look of that rising wedge. Will wait for another opportunity on XLK.

  2. Bernie Says:

    Ron/BC & Paula,

    Re: comments yesterday

    Good to hear from you both. If I come across any helpful investing or golf ideas I’ll be sure to pass them along. Thanks for the book recommend Paula. I followed up on your suggestion and ordered a copy from Amazon.

  3. Ron/BC Says:

    Here is the Gold and Silver that holds roughly 50/50 Gold and Silver in a bank. Easy way to hold precious metals rather than questionable stocks. Price is in a 2.5 year sideways channel between $15 and $17.70. Need a breakout to see price appreciation. One could buy a partial position at the $15.60 uptrendline or $16.25 support on a pullback. Note the upper ratio chart of the Gold “STOCK” compared to the Gold and Silver and see the last 9 months the Gold Stock ETF has been outperforming the precious metals ETF. That tends to be a bullish sign for precious metals when the stocks outperform the metal.
    The 2nd chart is which is a Gold ETF on the $TSX. It is also at major price resistance like most precious metal markets. A pullback on all of them is more likely than a breakout but the charts will tell the tale best.

  4. Kam Says:


    Posted reply yesterday late. Isn’t much there just clarified what I meant.


    I will reiterate that no matter one is trader or investor, one still have to watch his/her buy price.No investor wants to buy the top and then sit and wait for months or even years saying I will never lose in the end. In the end everyone plays with their own $$ and own risk tolerance and cash flow in this Casino.
    The way market have jumped last couple of sessions, everything is there what is required for good reversal but better do it fast otherwise we could just keep extending further and further.

    I am neutral here but going to leave the bears inside you with this snippet from a smart trader and his Old Boss dairy when trader was short oil at $40 back in 2004 relaying on his counts thinking Oil have reached peak:

    Old Boss looks at me and says …. “Son, rule #1: DONT LOOSE MONEY!!! Rule #2: discipline trumps EVERYTHING!!! DON’T EVER EVER EVER EVER NEVER EVER NEVER EVER short a market making new all time highs EVER EVER. So now, Son, before you end up dead 75 floors below with a pile of chairs and computers on top of you, stop out of all your shorts right the F$&K now!!!!!”

    Over the next 12 months WTI went on to print $60 on its way to over $147 over the next few years.

    MEMO TO SELF: don’t short a market printing new all time highs no matter what your analysis says…. EVER!”

  5. Larry/ON Says:

    $CAD About To Reverse? – CAD has been moving in sync with equity market direction – Interest rate differentials obviously are important and oil prices to some extent but the higher equity markets have gone this year $CAD has risen with them. $CAD hit its’ low precisely when equity markets bottomed in early June. Prior to that you are looking at the low point around Dec 24th. If equity markets start correcting I’m betting that the rally in $CAD will come to an end. $USD is the place to hide when investors want to preserve capital. Perhaps to some out there I am stating something somewhat obvious. If you put up a long-term chart the case can be made that we broke a downtrend.

  6. Ron/BC Says:

    Here is the Price has double topped at $25 and pulled back to its 6 week uptrendline. No where left to go with this squeeze. Time to breakout or breakdown and test support at $24.

  7. Paula Says:

    I’m glad to hear you ordered the book already. I recently gave my copy away but will be ordering it again. I’m just trying to figure out how many copies to buy. There are a few people for whom the book would have helped more if they had read it sooner. It is actually fairly new ~ 2014, so hasn’t been around that long. So, even if it’s too late for some, it’s not too late for the rest of us.

  8. Paula Says:

    I certainly understand NOT owning questionable precious metal stocks, individually. That is why I prefer to buy the ETF of large cap gold stocks XGD.TO. As you point out, XGD is outperforming the metals ETF, so why not use it? At least it has volume (which has fallen off after the big price run up in June).

    I was looking at XIU.TO earlier today. Would like to buy a pullback to 24 or even the 50EMA ~ 23.83.

  9. Paula Says:

    Here is one of your longer term charts on XIU.TO:

  10. Paula Says:

    Correction #8. Would like to buy on a pullback to the 200EMA ~ 23.83. (50EMA is ~ 24.63)

  11. Ron/BC Says:

    A pullback to the 12.75 area on would be nice. What isn’t talked about at all is Silver. Here is a ratio chart of the Silver Stocks ETF:SIL to the Silver ETF SLV. Not setting the world on fire yet. “IF” SIL can clear $28 it would have some major upside ahead.

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