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Stock Market Crash: Imminent or does this Stock Market Bull still have legs?

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Stock market crash imminent; someday but not today

For a long time, we have been stating sharp pull-backs should be viewed through a bullish lens. In this article published in Nov 2017, we stated the following;

View strong corrections through a bullish lens. This game plan will remain valid until the masses turn bullish or the trend turns negative.  The stronger the deviation, the better the opportunity. Tactical Investor   

In the above article, we also noted that the trend had to remain positive and sentiment should not turn bullish. Things worked out well up until Jan of 2018.   In January bullish sentiment suddenly soared to a six-year new high and at that point, we knew all was not well.  For until that moment the market was soaring to new highs on negative sentiment, illustrating the principle of “a market climbs a wall of worry” to its fullest, but that all changed in January.

Fear is a great long-term bullish force for the markets

Interestingly, the Dow missed the low-end targets we issued in Nov by 1400 points, so does that mean the upward journey is over.  Before we answer that, understand that nothing trends up in a straight line; a healthy market always lets out doses of steam on its upward journey; sometimes the pullbacks are minor, and sometimes they are very strong. At the time we noted that the markets were extremely overbought and even went on to issue possible downside targets if the markets decided to let out some steam.

 While the Dow is trading in the extremely overbought ranges, any pullback will most likely end in the 21,000-21,500 ranges.  For the correction to pick up steam, it would need to close below this level on a weekly basis.  As the trend is still positive, the odds of the Dow crashing are very low. At the most, the Dow would test its breakout point which falls in the 18,900-19,200 ranges unless the trend were to turn negative suddenly or the masses suddenly embraced the market with gusto.  At this point, the trend is strong and showing no signs of weakening.  Remember that the markets can remain irrational for much longer than most traders can remain solvent by betting against it. Tactical Investor   

The Stock Market had to let out steam but

Instead of letting out steam, the markets overheated and continued to surge to new highs almost on a weekly basis until Jan of 2018. At that point, as we stated above bullish sentiment soared; the masses embraced the markets with gusto; in fact in Jan Bearish sentiment dropped to a multiyear low of 15% and bullish sentiment soared to 60%.

So back to the question we asked before.  Does this mean the end is near?  That’s the billion dollar question and articles such as these whose sole function seems to be sensationalistic rather than realistic don’t help improve the outlook for the average Joe. Both articles were published on CNBC.

Stock market looks ‘pretty fantastic’ despite rising yields: Art Hogan

‘Epic’ market bubble is ready to burst, and stocks could plunge, strategist warns

A stock market crash is not likely at this moment, because the market has pulled back sharply several times since January and the masses are nowhere as bullish as they were in Jan of 2018.  Given the massive run, this bull has experienced the current action though painful from an emotional perspective is well within the norm. No market can trend in a straight upward line forever; the equation must balance.  We expect volatility to remain an issue until bearish sentiment surges past the 50% mark; a move to the 60% ranges would be ideal

The crowd is becoming anxious as evidenced by the data below:

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While the bearish sentiment still has some way to go to before it hits the 50% mark; bullish sentiment has pulled back strongly, and the number of neutrals has surged. Neutrals are bears with no teeth and bulls with no ba**s. Contrast the above reading to those of January 2018.

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Bearish sentiment was at a multiyear low back in Jan of this year; in fact, based on those sentiment readings the current pullback is minor. It is easy to get drawn into the “hysteria” and forget just how far this market has risen; the market is taking a well-deserved breather.

Conclusion

As this pullback was long in the making, the action is going to remain volatile until the bearish sentiment soars well past the 50% mark. From a psychological point, the only way to completely destroy this surge in bullish sentiment and to ensure it rises slowly would be to decimate the morale of the masses, and that’s what’s taking place now.

While a crash spooks the masses for a while, nothing destroys investor morale more than uncertainty. When a market looks like its crashing; they are sure that the sell-off will continue.  Regardless of whether they are right or wrong, the perception of being right is there, and that’s very important.  The masses want to know what to expect and when they don’t, uncertainty sets in. Uncertainty is fantastic when it comes to the markets for the masses keep jumping from one camp to another; each jump demoralises them more and more.  This demoralising effect is very powerful for it provides the investor that has no emotional stake with an unbelievable long-term opportunity. The other way to demoralise the crowd (and this does not occur often) is for the markets to pullback extremely strongly; for example, losses of 30% or more over a very short period.  Market Update April 17, 2018

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This correction is likely to end in 23,400-23,800 ranges, with a possible overshoot to the 22,500 ranges.  The Dow would need to close below 22,000 on a monthly basis to indicate that the outlook is set to worsen.

The Dow is likely to trade over a wide range, and the moves are expected to be very volatile; be ready to deal with intraday moves of as much as 1200 points in a day. The markets need to move to the extremely oversold ranges, and if you look at the MACD’s on the above chart, you can see that they still have room to trade before getting into that zone.  The rapid up-down action is the best way outcome because it achieves two objectives; it demoralises the masses and helps push the markets into an oversold state.  Until the trend turns negative, strong pullbacks should be viewed through a bullish lens.  We would build a list of stocks we would love to own and use pullbacks to build positions in them. Stocks like TCEHY, NLFX, ROST, HA, CHKP, etc look interesting.

 

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Market Update Stocks (Current price updated every 15 minutes)
SymbolEntry DateEntry PriceCurent PricePositionComments
HTLDJun 201917.1116.33Open1/3rd of a position 17.401/3rd at 18.90 and 1/3rd at 15.05
HAMar 202120.0513.62Open1/3rd of a position 24.90 and 1/3rd at 15.20.
CRSMar 202138.1741.87Open1/3rd at 38.34 and 1/3rd at 38.00.
FISVMay 2021106.73100.35Open1/3Rd of a position at 114.20 and 1/3rd at 99.27
BWXTMay 202158.4960.79Open1/3rd of a position 64.20, 1/3rd at 58.45 & 1/6th 47.10
AYXJul 202168.4240.44Open1/3rd 83.87, 1/3rd at 68.60 and 1/3rd at 52.80
LDOSAug 202190.33109.49Open1/3rd of a position at 96, and 1/3rd at 84.65. Sold half in may at 110.75 for a gain of 22%. Place a stop at 90.00
COUPAug 2021167.1361.15Open1/3rd at 249 and 1/3rd at 219.45, 1/3rd at 110.00 and 1/3rd at 90.10
TFSLOct 202116.8413.79Open1/3rd at 19.74, 1/3rd at 16.79 and 1/3rd 14.01
MGNIOct 202121.0310.68Open1/3rd of a position 26.04 1/3rd at 20.70 and 1/3rd at 16.35
KMBDec 2021131.2136.01Open1/3rd of a position
RGLDJan 202298.55110.67Open¼ of a position. Sold half at 144.30 in Mar for a gain of 46%.
KJan 20226273.07Open¼ at 63.10 and ¼ at 60.90. Place a stop at 60.00. Sold half at 73.50 in May for a gain of 18.5%
AMDFeb 2022107.6670.27Open¼ at 114, ¼ at 108 and ¼ at 101.
CPBFeb 20224352.99Open¼ of a position.
MSFTFeb 2022272.91245.12Open¼ at 300.60, ¼ at 281.05, ¼ at 257 and ¼ at 253
ASANFeb 20224513.51Open¼ at 57.00, ¼ at 43.20 & ¼ at 34.80
FIVNFeb 202289.164.43Open¼ at 96 and ¼ at 82.20
VALEApr 202214.3716.76Open¼ of a position at 15.84 and ¼ at 12.90
WMTMay 2022128.75149.89Open¼ at 133 & ¼ at 124.50
HALOJul 202244.0456.38Open¼ of a position
APDJul 2022237312.1Open¼ of a position
CFFNFeb 202111.68.29Open1/3rd at 12.40, 1/3rd at 11.22& 1/3rd at 11.19
BHEMar 202127.0228.09Open1/3rd at 28.98 and 1/3rd at 25.05.
TRIPMay 202136.9719.02Open1/3rd of a position 43.80, 1/3rd at 39.06 and 1/3rd at 28.05
MOMOAug 20217.95.74Open1/3rd of a position 12.80, 1/3rd, 9.60,1/3rd at 4.90 and 1/3rd at 4.40
CHPTDec 202116.3610.89Open1/3rd at 20.40, 1/3rd at 16.80, and 1/3rd at 11.90
GPNFeb 202212797.65Open¼ 136.90, ¼ at 126.00 & ¼ at119
HIMXFeb 202210.116.96Open¼ 10.27 and ¼ 9.96
GBTCMar 202223.18.76Open¼ 25.80 and ¼ 20.40
ETHEMar 202214.26.47Open¼ at 19.10 and ¼ 9.30
MJMar 202118.955.67Open1/3rd 20.55 and 1/3rd at 17.35.
TLTAug 2021130.85106.95Open1/3rd 145.80, 1/3rd at 131.20, 1/6th at 115 and 1/6th at 116.10
SAAAug 202126.5522.4Open1/3rd at 27.60 and 1/3rd at 25.50
TMFSep 202121.79.59Open1/3rd at 27.06, 1/6th at 17.10 and 1/6th at 15.60
ULOct 202153.151.17Open1/3rd of a position.
AFRMNov 202190.611.97Open1/3rd at 122.40, 1/3rd at 98.40 and 1/3rd at 51.00
WTWNov 2021224.16246.8Open1/3rd at 232.50, 1/3rd at 224 and 1/3rd at 216.00
XRTDec 202178.3264.93Open1/3rd at 91.50, 1/3rd at 83.25 and 1/3rd at 61.50
FINXJan 202226.819.45Open1/4th at 31.50, ¼ at 28.50 and ¼ at 20.40.
SGOLJan 202217.1116.97Open¼ of a position
TQQQFeb 202242.1520.82Open¼ at 56.10, ¼ at 45.00, ¼ at 41.50 and ¼ at 26.00
DEAFeb 202219.2515.24Open¼ at 20.20 and ¼ at 18
VZMar 202248.5736.89Open¼ at 51.55 and ¼ at 45.60
URAMar 202221.3719.49Open¼ position 23.30 and ¼ at 19.45
XBIJul 202273.580.59Open¼ position
BIBJul 20224859.35Open1/5th of a position
  Market Update Options (Current price updated on Mondays and Fridays)
SymbolEntry DateEntry PriceCurent PricePositionComments
IBM230120C00170000Mar 20212.80.19Open1/3rd of a position 4.50 and 1/3rd at 1.11. Sold half at 2.10 for a loss of 25%
KMB240119C00120000Jun 202217.721.63Open¼ of a position
VALE240119C00013000Jul 20222.93.45Open¼ of a position at 15.84 and ¼ at 12.90
QCOM240119C00125000Jul 202225.422.27Open¼ of a position
AAL230120P00010000Apr 20215.10.12Open1/3rd of a position
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