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BWC Market Update - March 28, 2018

Economic Comment

Since we are in the “no man’s land’ of jobs and earnings reports, the headlines (tariff wars, budget deadlines and online security breaches) really drove the markets last week. Last Thursday’s, decline of the DJIA,-722.84, (-2.93%) and the continued sell off on Friday, really got investors’ attention.

Did Monday’s snap back large rally sound the all clear? Let us see what the market declines have done to our indicators.

Bullish Percent’s, (Data source: Dorsey Wright, see definitions at the end of this report.)

10 Week- Bullish Percent (Short-term): The high for March was Neutral at 46%. The end of last week experienced a decline with the indicator selling off sharply to 24% and now becoming oversold. Short-term bounces can happen at any time as evidenced on Monday!

Optionable-Stock Bullish Percent (Intermediate term): This indicator is now on DEFENSE. Monday’s positive market action could not keep stocks that make up this indicator from giving more point and figure sell signals.

NYSE Bullish Percent (NYSEBP) (Longer-term): This indicator is also now on DEFENSE. Remember, this indicator keeps track of stocks that are on point and figure buy signals versus point and figure sell signals. Enough stocks broke down over the past several days to move this indicator back to DEFENSE. (Source: Dorsey Wright)

Point and Figure Charts (Source: Dorsey Wright)

S&P 500: You can see by the chart that after the S&P 500 dropped to 2540 during the February sell off; it rallied sharply to a lower high at 2800; with a higher low at 2590 developing during this most recent sell-off. This is now important near term support. (Source: Dorsey Wright Website)

S&P 500

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Horizontal Axis: Time (numbers represent months, for example, 1=January 2=February and so on, when you reach October, months are represented as letters, A= October, B= November & C= December).
Vertical Axis: Price


The NASDAQ is a little farther from support at 7000 and the February lows 6650, but the bulls still have work to do before any uptrend is reestablished.(Source: Dorsey Wright Website)


NASDAQ 3.28.18

Horizontal Axis: Time (numbers represent months, for example, 1=January 2=February and so on, when you reach October, months are represented as letters, A= October, B= November & C= December). 

Vertical Axis: Price

US 10- Year Treasury note: The 10-year has “banged” against 2.925% now for the FOURTH time! Last week’s sell off saw another flight to safety trade, this time hitting 2.8%, the same level as early March. Strong uptrend line at 2.75%. (Source: Dorsey Wright Website)

10-year Treasury

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Horizontal Axis: Time (numbers represent months, for example, 1=January 2=February and so on, when you reach October, months are represented as letters, A= October, B= November & C= December).
Vertical Axis: Price

Crude Oil, continuous After a small pull back in March, Crude is in the rally mode. A break out above $66 could see a quick move to $70-$75. (Source: Dorsey Wright Website)

CrudeOil 3.28.18


2018 is shaping up to be the exact opposite of the investing scenario we experienced in 2017, which was characterized by a one-way market with low volatility. 2018 is more of a normal equity market with volatility and two-way price discovery. Investors have short memories; the end of the month is this week and it will be the end of the 1st quarter of 2018. Remember, the S&P 500 has had nine consecutive positive quarters. It looks like the 1st quarter of 2018 will break that string. We remain cautious.

Have a great rest of the week!

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Bullish Percent Definitions

NYSE Bullish Percent: This is a major market indicator, which tells us whether to be on the offense or defense. It is calculated by dividing the number of NYSE stocks trading on point and figure buy signals by the total listed on the Exchange. The percent of stocks on buy signals in is then plotted on a grid from 0% to 100%, where each box equals 2%. Levels above 70% are generally considered overbought, and below 30% are considered oversold. The best buy signals come when the NYSE Bullish Percent goes below 30% and then reverses up (must reverse 6%). The best sell signals come when the indicator moves above 70% and then reverses below 70%. The most important concept to keep in mind is field position and what team is on the field. When the NYSE Bullish Percent is in X's, the offensive team is on the field and wealth accumulation strategies are the focus. Conversely, when the NYSE Bullish Percent is in O's, the defensive team is on the field and wealth preservation strategies are the focus.

The Bullish Percent can also be calculated on various indices, for example, the 10-week BP is a short-term indicator and is calculated on 10 weeks’ worth of NYSE price data. The optionable stock bullish percent is calculated off the index of all optionable stocks on the NYSE.

Asset Indexes

An index is unmanaged and not available for direct investment.
Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 U.S. stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index, which represents approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index.
S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index calculated on a total-return basis with dividends reinvested. The index includes 500 widely held U.S. market industrial, utility, transportation and financial companies.
A 10-year treasury note is a debt obligation issued by the United States government that matures in 10 years. A 10-year Treasury note pays interest at a fixed rate once every six months and pays the face value to the holder at maturity.

The NYSE Composite (^NYA) is a stock market index covering all common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange, including American depositary receipts, real estate investment trusts, tracking stocks, and foreign listings.

Historical Futures Prices: Crude Oil Futures, Continuous Contract #1. Non-adjusted price based on spot-month continuous contract calculations. Raw data from CME. For more on the roll algorithm used please see this page: https://ww.quandl.com/collections/futures/continuous.


Relative Strength Calculation Explained: Tactical decisions are made utilizing the research and evaluation techniques of Dorsey, Wright & Associates who has extensive expertise in a technique known as Point & Figure charting. This type of analysis attempts to evaluate the supply and demand forces of particular asset classes and ranks the asset classes from strongest to weakest based upon relative strength (RS). We feel asset classes can be ranked similar to the way one might rank sports teams. If you think about your favorite sport, they rank teams based upon how well they perform against their opponents. The more games, matches or races won, the higher in ranking the team will go. We believe the same thing can be done in the investment markets. In the financial markets, a “game” is played each day and it consists of comparing the daily performance of one asset class to another. Each day we compare asset classes to one another to determine which asset classes are the strongest or weakest compared to one another. The ranking process is comprised of the following 4 steps and represents DWA's Tactical Portfolio Research strategy ("the strategy").


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