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Expect this market to find its footing sooner rather than later

Friday provided resets on the mean-time-to-failure (MTTF) statistics that we track in the neoclassical model, a model that I created and shared with the public here and here.

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The charts have good things to say about Intel and the dollar

While Intel and the dollar aren’t directly related to each other right now, the two are currently building ABCD structures that suggest a bullish slant for both. 

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Mulitiple Swing Point Danger on S&P

Alibaba- Identifying potential great trades before they happen

Although it might not be immediately obvious, finding great trades and investments via the neoclassical technical analysis model is pretty much the opposite of avoiding potentially damaging losses using the same methodology. Let’s consider that for a moment.

If you have read articles I’ve written in the past, you know the one thing that all traders and investors must avoid at all costs is a breakdown on multiple swing points on multiple time frames. Borrowing from an article written many moons ago (August of 2015) here’s a portrait of what that looks like – before it happens.

If we were to look at the short term time frame as well, a similar set up was occurring there. Breaks of multiple swing points on multiple time frames is a necessary, though not sufficient, condition for significant losses and potential bear markets.

That was August of 2015 and now a year later the market is setting new highs on a regular basis and once more the potential doesn’t become the actual. So what about bullish setups that one can take advantage of?

Well, it just so turns out that great bullish trades have the exact same characteristic – multiple breaks of multiple swing points on multiple time frames only up rather than down. And like most technical analysis, the more the better.

Once such great trade began to setup recently, a trade relayed to TA Today members in our unique cradle-to-grave videos prior to the breakout and also as an addition to our members-only trading portfolio. The stock was Alibaba and the charts look like this now.

On the daily time frame, the stock broke out the day prior to earnings but the potential for that breakout across multiple time frames had us entering the position just prior to the breakout on August 8th. On the very next day it broke a swing point high and again the following four days. That possibility of a strong fast move higher is what got us involved.

BABA Daily Breakouts

But it isn’t just a breakout on the short term time frame that creates the setup for an exceptional bullish trade, it’s the breakout on multiple time frames. Here’s the weekly chart.

BABA Weekly Breakouts

As you can see here, the setup to break over not one, or two, but instead three swing point highs in one fatal swoop existed and that is exactly what took place this past week.

These are the highest probability trades that one can find and they work both ways – up and down. It is the recognition of such a trade and the execution of it with a higher percentage of ones funds that allows one to outpace the markets with a lot less risk. In this case, a 15% pop with very little risk in a single week. What’s better, it is unlikely to stop there. Take a look at the monthly chart.

BABA Monthly Breakouts

Finding and executing high probability trades that have the potential to be great is a huge part of successfully trading/investing in the markets. Finding and identifying multiple swing point breakouts before they break out is a key cog in that wheel of success and at TA Today we have to tools to do just that.

This article was originally published on Marketwatch on Aug 16, 2016 12:40 p.m. ET

  • Written by LA Little

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Breaks out

These 3 stocks are set up for big breakouts

Last week we outlined how to identify potentially great trades using Alibaba as an example as it shined bright. This week there are over 75 trades that qualify for the same analysis. Finding potentially great trades using the neoclassical tool, Trading Signals, isn’t the problem – it’s sifting through all the potentials and picking out the best of the best.

This week I offer up a few more stocks that have broken out on multiple time frames as of last Friday. The first is in the biotechnology arena - Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMPH). 

The charts on this one are spectacular not just due to the breakout but due to the potential to carry farther which can be seen on the monthly time frame ... all-time highs now

Breaks out

Another stock is in the oil sector, Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI). There were about 8 stocks in this sector and one could choose any of them including this one.

Breaks out

On a conservative basis, a 10-12% gains looks doable even if that's all there is. Like Alibaba last week, BHI has a similar setup with breakouts on the daily and weekly charts and the potential for even larger gains if crude oil does work higher.

The final name is in the transportation sector which has struggled for two years but you couldn't tell that by looking at this stock on the daily and weekly time frames - Kansas City Southern (KSU).

Breaks out

Both the daily and weekly time frames are just plain strong

Breaks out

As seen in the charts, the setup is the same – breaks of swing point highs on the daily and weekly charts simultaneously and sometimes the same on the monthly time frame. That is the setup that provides the best opportunity for a continued move higher without an immediate retrace and thus, the reason for calling them potentially great trades. In fact, the statistics show that a successful breakout with this common characteristic will likely carry higher for two to three bars on the greatest time frame witnessing the breakout – the weekly time frame in two of the three cases and the monthly on AMPH.

The problem with this market isn't getting good setups - it's figuring out which ones to take out of the plethora of opportunities.


 This article originally printed on Marketwatch Aug 23, 2016 9:04 a.m. ET

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Short term charts show bearish engulfing

Will gold fever last?

Gold and gold stocks have seen an incredible run so far this year providing ample rewards to all who were involved. After more than doubling in many stocks and providing a 30% gain in the bullion itself, there are neoclassical signs suggesting that another pause is beginning to form – a refreshing pause that allows wise traders and investors to build larger positions most likely for even more gains to come. Let’s take a look at the charts.

On the short term time frame we have now have two failure bars in a row with the last being a bearish engulfing candle. Those are typically not what you like to see if you are bullish

On the intermediate term time frame the overall bullishness is quite evident but being bullish doesn't necessarily mean "up" forever - at least not if it’s going to last for a long time. What you want is for the metal to stair step higher, surge, retrace, build a base and move on higher. Though I wouldn't call this a fever yet, it's been an exceptional move already so one has to be cognizant of the retrace potential. Some short term cold water on this feverish run higher would actually be beneficial - not long term detrimental.

So with the short term charts (daily) suggesting more immediate weakness, do the longer term charts agree? The answer is to some degree on the weekly charts and very much so on the monthly charts. Here’s the weekly view.

Intermediate term charts very constructive

First off, these charts remain very bullish but after breaking higher from the lower range, once more there is a surge in volume which typically results in a digestion phase (up and down choppy action). As such, one should not be at all surprised if prices retrace to the lower end of the upper range or even back into the top end of the middle range.

And it is this range action that offers the best opportunity for longer term investors for it will allow one to "trade around" a core position and actually increase the size of that position while waiting for the next larger leg forward and, make no mistake, legging forward remains the likely path when you consider the monthly (long term) chart.

It is on the long term time frame that overall bullishness is best understood since this chart has officially transitioned trend from bearish to sideways. Unfortunately, the current price area is likely to prove more difficult an area to scale than those that came before for there is the low currently being tested of a high volume, wide price spread bar from the month of May 2013. That was the breakdown bar from the higher range and ushered in significantly lower prices for almost three years.

Bullish action but now more serious resistance


This article was originally published on on August 14, 2016

  • Written by LA Little