It's a new week, so let's start things off right with an objective review of my key market models/indicators and see where things stand. To review, the primary goal of this exercise is to try and remove any subjective notions about what "should" be happening in the market in order to stay in line with what "is" happening in the markets. So, let's get started.
The State of the Trend
We start our review each week with a look at the "state of the trend." These indicators are designed to give us a feel for the overall health of the current short- and intermediate-term trend models.
View Trend Indicator Board Online
The State of Internal Momentum
Next up are the momentum indicators, which are designed to tell us whether there is any "oomph" behind the current trend...
View Momentum Indicator Board Online
The State of the "Trade"
We also focus each week on the "early warning" board, which is designed to indicate when traders may start to "go the other way" -- for a trade.
View Early Warning Indicator Board Online
The State of the Macro Picture
Now let's move on to the market's "external factors" - the indicators designed to tell us the state of the big-picture market drivers including monetary conditions, the economy, inflation, and valuations.
View External Factors Indicator Board Online
The State of the Big-Picture Market Models
Finally, let's review our favorite big-picture market models, which are designed to tell us which team is in control of the prevailing major trend.
View My Favorite Market Models Online
Let's see here… the trend of the market is between neutral and moderately positive, momentum is neutral, the early warning board doesn't give either team an edge, the external factors are modestly positive, and my favorite big-picture models are sporting a largely yellow. At the same time, we must recognize that this is a bull market until proven otherwise. So, given the we remain in a seasonally weak period until at least the middle of October and there are several "issues" in the market these days, this is probably a good time to "chill" from a trading perspective. However, the bulls should be given the benefit of any doubt from a longer-term perspective - and the dips should be bought.
Publishing Note: I am traveling the first half of the week and then preparing for my son's wedding at the end of the week. So, unless something major occurs in the markets, I will see you next week.
Thought For The Day:
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. -Lou Holtz
Current Market Drivers
We strive to identify the driving forces behind the market action on a daily basis. The thinking is that if we can both identify and understand why stocks are doing what they are doing on a short-term basis; we are not likely to be surprised/blind-sided by a big move. Listed below are what we believe to be the driving forces of the current market (Listed in order of importance).
1. The State of Geopolitics
2. The State of the Economic/Earnings Growth (Fast enough to justify valuations?)
3. The State of the Trump Administration
4. The State of Fed Policy
Wishing you green screens and all the best for a great day,
David D. Moenning
Chief Investment Officer
Sowell Management Services
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