Today’s Market Comments:

Stocks were mixed to flat Thursday, May 17th. Small caps rose and are breaking out above the horizontal upper boundary of the Ascending Bullish Triangle pattern from January 2018. The triangle looks like waveiv down of a five sub-wave. If so, wave v-up is starting in small caps. We continue to watch to see if the triangles are also wave iv down for the other major averages. If so, we should soon see upside breakouts above the upper declining boundary lines.

 

The NASDAQ 100 Purchasing Power Indicator moved to a Sell signal Thursday. There was a small change in the McClellan Oscillator Thursday, suggesting a large price move is likely over the coming days.

 

Gold and Silver are finishing bullish triangles that should soon complete and be followed by an upside breakout.     

 

Our Blue Chip key trend-finder indicators moved to a Buy signal May 10th, 2018 and remain there Wednesday, May 16th. The Purchasing Power Indicator component triggered a Buy signal Friday, May 4th. The 14-day Stochastic Indicator generated a Buy on May 10th, and the 30 Day Stochastic Indicator generated a Buy on May 7th, 2018. When these three indicators are in agreement, it is a short-term (1 week to 3 months’ time horizon) key trend-finder directional signal. When these three indicators are in conflict with one another, it is a Neutral (Sideways) key trend-finder indicator signal.

Our intermediate term Secondary Trend Indicator generated a Buy signal Wednesday, August 30th, and remains there Wednesday, May 16th, fell 2 points (out of a possible 9 points), at positive + 19, needing to drop below negative -5 threshold for a new Sell.

Demand Power rose 2 to 397 Wednesday while Supply Pressure rose 1 to 374, telling us Thursday’s decline in Blue Chips was mild. This DP/SP Indicator moved to an Enter Long Signal Wednesday, May 2nd, and remains there Thursday, May 17th, 2018.

The Plunge Protection Team Indicator moved back to an “OFF” signal on March 21st, which means the PPT is not as likely to support the markets while this indicator remains on an “OFF.” This means there is not likely to be significant government intervention at this time, or if there is it will not be effective. This indicator is designed to identify high probability periods where the PPT will be supporting, or buying the stock market (when it is on an “On”  signal) and when it moves to a Neutral or Off signal (formerly called Sell), it does not mean the stock market will decline, it means the PPT’s interest in buying the market is off rather than on, and market forces outside the PPT are more likely to determine stock trends up or down. In other words, a Neutral or Off signal means the odds are higher that the PPT stands down or has little influence on price trends. 

Caution: I would not bet the farm on a Crash. Crashes are rare and maybe the pattern will morph into something we presently do not see that is less ominous. Risk must be managed. Maybe the Fed buys the entire stock market, who knows given their track record. Maybe a black swan event is postponed several months.

Gold, Silve r and Miners were flat Thursday, May 17th, working through the final moves they need to complete Bullish triangles. Silver’s triangle may be complete. They moved to a Sideways signal Monday, April 30th, as the HUI 30 Day Stochastic triggered a Sell signal April 30th, and our HUI Purchasing Power Indicator generated a Buy on March 26th. When these two indicators are in agreement, it is a directional signal, and when at odds with one another, it is a combination neutral signal. On May 16th, the HUI Demand Power / Supply Pressure Indicator moved to an Enter Short signal. On Thursday, May 17th, Demand Power fell 1 to 391 while Supply Pressure fell 2 to 401, telling us Thursday’s HUI move was mild.

DJIA PPI Flat at + 54.92, on a Buy

DJIA 30 Day Stochastic Fast 60.00 Slow 66.67 On a Buy

DJIA 14 Day Stochastic Fast 80.00 Slow 81.67 On a Buy

DJIA % Above 30 Day Average 60.00

DJIA % Above 10 Day Average 66.67

DJIA % Above 5 Day Average 46.67

Secondary Trend Indicator Fell 2 to Positive + 19, On a Buy

Demand Power Fell 4 to 391 Supply Pressure Up 1 to 374 Buy

McClellan Oscillator fell to positive + 62.64

McClellan Osc Summation Index + 2214.30

Plunge Protection Team Indicator – 5.24, on an “OFF”  

DJIA 10 Day Advance/Decline Indicator + 484.6 on a Buy

NYSE New Highs 149 New Lows 53

Today’s Technology NDX Market Comments:

The NDX Short-term key Trend-finder Indicatorsgenerated a Sideways signal Thursday, April 26th, 2018, and remain there May 17th, 2018. The NDX Purchasing Power Indicator generated a Sell on May 17th, the NDX 14 Day Stochastic triggered a Buy signal on May 4th, 2018 and the 30 Day Stochastic triggered a Sell signal on April 24th. When all three component indicators are in agreement on signals, it is a consensus directional signal. When they differ, it is a sideways signal.

 

The NDX Demand Power / Supply Pressure Indicator moved to an Enter Long positions signal Monday, May 7th and remains there May 17th. On Thursday May 17th, Demand Power fell 4 to 424, while Supply Pressure rose 1 to 407, telling us Thursday’s rise was mild and due more to a lack of selling interest rather than a strong urge to buy.

 

The NDX 10 Day Average Advance/Decline Line Indicator triggered a Buy signal May 7th, 2018, and needs to fall below negative – 5.0 for a new Sell. It fell to positive + 24.6 on Thursday, May 17th.

 

NDX PPI Fell 3 to + 222.33 On a Sell

NDX 30 Day Stochastic Fast 56.00 Slow 57.60 On a Sell

NDX 14 Day Stochastic Fast 60.00 Slow 61.40 On a Buy

NDX 10 Day Advance/Decline Line Indicator + 24.6 On a Buy

NDX Demand Power Fell 4 to 424, Supply Pressure Up 1 to 407 Buy

 

RUT PPI Rose 2 to +185.91 on a Buy

RUT 10 Day Advance/Decline Line Indicator + 444.8 On a Buy

 

Today’s Mining Stocks and Precious Metals Market Comments:

 

Our HUI key trend-finder indicators moved to a Sideways signal February 27th, 2018.

HUI PPI Flat at 182.83, on a Buy

HUI 30 Day Stochastic Fast 40.00, Slow 48.89 on a Sell

HUI Demand Power Fell 1 to 391; Supply Pressure Fell 2 to 401, Sell