Welcome to the sell-off
Once again, warning signs from high-yield bonds and emerging-market stocks prove prescient as equities tip over into a new downtrend.
Clearly, as outlined in my recent columns and blog posts, I've been skeptical of this move to Dow 14,000. The fundamentals weren't there. The technicals weren't there.
And sentiment had reached extremes not seen since the 2007 and 2000 bull market tops.
With political uncertainty over the horizon (elections in Europe, budget fights here at home) and signs that savvy traders were already headed for the exits (weakness in foreign stocks and "junk" bonds), I recommended that my readers and clients book long profits and add new short positions ahead of a pullback.
Thursday, for the first time in months, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) tipped into a new downtrend. Here's why I expect it to continue, and how you can profit from the return of reality to Wall Street.
Not only has the Dow dropped below its recent trading range, but technical directional indicators, from the Coppock curve to the percentage price oscillator to the parabolic stop-and-reverse, have all flipped into downtrend mode. So that's one red flag.
Another has been the recent weakness in leading indicators of the strength of the market.
Emerging market stocks, which are very sensitive to changes in the trajectory of global economic growth, peaked in early January and have been drifting lower ever since. Now, they are falling out of bed with the iShares Emerging Markets (EEM) slicing below its 50-day moving average for the first time since November. The iShares China (FXI) is on track for its firs close below its 50-day MA since September.
High-yield "junk" bonds topped out two weeks ago and have been sliding lower -- even as stocks repeatedly bashed their head against Dow 14,000. Now, the iShares High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG) is on track for its first sub 50-day MA close since November.
And relative to defensive, consumer staples stocks, the Morgan Stanley Cyclicals Index ($CYC) is falling at a pace not seen since November.
In response, I continue to recommend my clients hold short positions against key materials stocks, including U.S. Steel (X). But I'm also recommending new short against Europe via the ProShares UltraShort Europe (EPV) as well as the energy sector via the ProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas (DUG). I'm adding both DUG and EPV to my Edge Letter Sample Portfolio.
Disclosure: Anthony has recommended EPV, DUG, and X short to his clients.
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You're such a genius in being able to predict that the market will fall, and especially when it isn't rising. Keep up the good work!
Mirhaydari : The sky is falling, THE SKY IS FALLING
Jubak: Relax, it's just a little rain
Mirhaydari : ACID RAIN IS FALLING, ACID RAIN IS FALLING
"As long as Helicopter Ben is going to print 85 billion/month (roughly $1000/family every month) the market will move higher in dollar terms."
MG...what is going to happen when Benny stops the presses?
Anthony Mirhaydari - Stop trying to manipulate the market to your personal advantage.
Why not? the last three months has been nothing but manipulation by the 'financial houses'....
Anthony is a con artist whose only goal is to get newbie investors to panic. He does this because A) He is shorting the market, or B) He has friends who are shorting the market and compensating him under the table. He is little better than a common boiler-room stock basher. A real scumbag.
Well I've e-mailed Mr. Anthony in the pass regarding some of his over the top collumns. I've booked some good short term profits against his advise. However, in this case I have to agree, in fact I pulled back around 45% into nice safe boring 3% fixed investments during the last week of December. I don't trust those republican bums in Washington to actually do their job, they just want to obstruct. Sure I missed some profits but I've got 2 years to go until retirement, bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush. And no thanks to Bush I will retire and be very comfortable.
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