Generation Yikes!

January 16, 20125 Comments

The National Post printed an article on January 11th entitled “Generation Yikes”. In it, they quoted a survey by MFS Investment Management. The survey showed that 29% of investors will never be comfortable invested in stocks. More importantly, some 52% of investors under the age of 31 have no interest in buying equities. This high percentage of non-equity buyers in the upcoming generation is important, because the former bull market was driven by a generation of baby boomers as they reached their peak spending/saving/investing years. The boomers, who are now retiring and investing more conservatively will not be there to push the markets higher – and it would appear that Generation Y may not help drive us into a new bull market either. Hard to blame them, given how difficult it is to reap a profit from the markets these days, unless you utilize a trading strategy focusing on technical analysis, of course!

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Nasdaq may pull back

 I sold a number of positions that were residing in the portfolios I manage last week, focusing on higher beta sectors such as technology and consumer discretionary stocks. As mentioned on my prior blog, stochastics is a bit overbought for a few key sectors. Further, there is a tendency for markets to get a bit weaker in the second half of January – particularly the NASDAQ. Positive seasonal influences on technology stocks – a primary sector in that composite – come to an end around this time of the year. This week, we have some major tech stocks reporting such as Intel, Microsoft and Google. After that, Apple reports on the 24th. Not being a fundamental analyst, I won’t hazard a guess to their earnings success. However, there is enough evidence of the NASDAQ being in somewhat overbought territory to consider reducing exposure to this sector. The chart below shows stochastics, and a shorter RSI (10 day) playing with overbought territory for this index. The NAZ is also approaching some technical resistance around 2750-ish, along with the top of its Bollinger bands. Comparative relative strength to the S&P 500 remains strong for this index, but I am wary enough of the other factors to expect at least a reasonable pullback in the near term.

 

5 Comments

  • Hello Keith

    I am very interested in getting your technical advice on natural gas. It’s in the news allot these days with plenty of conflicting views, enough to warrant a quick reference to the Magic 8 Ball.
    The charts in my opinion have been giving a over sold signal for sometime. However, gas continues to make more lower lows and lower highs, do you see a bottom forming in the coming weeks, months?

    cheers

    Reply
    • Hey Neil
      A series of lower lows and highs – as you know – implies the contiuation of a downtrend. There is no sense in guessing where it will stop. It will stop when it stops – do you know what I mean?
      My very first teacher in TA was the Great One (not Gretsky)–Ralph Acampora. I will always recall his words–he said that the single most important thing a TA can ask is “whats it doing?”
      Right now, gas is “doing” a downtrend. Until it stops “doing” that, it must be considered to be stuck in that trend. After it puts in a “phase 1” base of sorts (aka my book Sideways), it can be looked at..
      Best–Keith

      Reply
  • Thanks

    I agree,

    As a momentum trader, I will lick my wounds and chalk up yet another one to experience for taking a postion a couple of weeks back.
    Well its back your book for a refresher.

    cheers

    Reply
  • I agree. i watch ABC patterns and there is an ABC pattern that started DEC 28 (small abc) inside of a bigger abc patter the smaller one takes us back to probably the 200 day MA at about 2630 on the nasdaq. then the bigger abc pattern takes over the rest of the winter and takes us to the top of the range at 2875 on the nasdaq. all other indices are almost indentical in their patterns. So the week starting jan 23 is then the smaller abc correction starts. What do you think of that analysis Keith?

    Reply
    • Hi Dave
      Not being an Elliotician, I cant comment on the prognosis much more than to say that your analysis lines up with what the clssic patterns and indicators are suggesting.
      Thanks for the insight!

      Reply

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