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Top Stocks With Helene Meisler

We Are Having an Oversold Rally

By Helene Meisler | 08/02/15 - 06:20 PM EDT
Stocks in Focus: XLE, GS, LOW, SOXX, JBL, SCTY

The Market

I have so many conflicting indicators I don’t even know where to begin.

For example, the American Association of Individual Investors and the Investors Intelligence readings both say we should rally some more, or at least attempt to, just to turn sentiment from the soured side of things.

The one-day Equity put/call ratio two days ago at 50% said we should pull back because folks had gotten too giddy. So, we pull back on Friday, a mere five points in the S&P, and already the put/call ratio zooms right back up to 111% (Equity ratio goes to 68%).

Then we have the ISE Equity ratio, which on Wednesday chimed in at a too-exuberant reading over 200%, telling us we were overheated. Then Thursday and Friday we see consecutive readings under 100%. That’s where some of the confusion arises. On an intermediate-term basis back-to-back readings under 100% have been bullish a few weeks out in time. On a short-term basis, they have often led to high volatility (short-term whacks).

Then there is the overall breadth of the market. As we know it has been a horror show since April. A few weeks ago folks finally woke up and noticed how poorly the overall stocks of the market, as opposed to the indexes, had been acting. Now everyone, except maybe my mother, has noticed it. Yet in the last week breadth performed rather admirably. Do not get me wrong, in the big picture it is still pretty pathetic, but the overall readings this past week were some of the best we’ve seen in a while, especially considering Thursday’s flat day and Friday’s down day resulted in positive breadth for the NYSE.

Yet we’ve now had four positive breadth days in a row and the McClellan Summation Index has barely lifted itself off the ground. One or two poor breadth days and it will turn right back down again.

The number of stocks making new lows peaked at nearly 500 on the NYSE last Monday, an extreme that has not yet been retested. Yet the number of stocks making new lows has not begun increasing as it did in early July. At least as of Friday it hadn’t. And the Hi-Lo Indicator looks set to turn back up, without ever getting down to under 15%.

Then there is Nasdaq, where the index doesn’t show the same weariness that the S&P does but the underlying statistics are equally poor in terms of breadth and the Summation Index, as well as stocks making new highs and new lows.

In sum, I believe we’ve had, or are having, an oversold rally. I believe when this oversold rally is done we are likely to come back down again. The timing at this point looks to me as if it could be toward the end of this week/early next week. In other words, if we still have no improvement in the statistics by the latter part of this week, then we are likely to come right back down again.

Let me end with a note on a statistic that I do not keep nor do I have any history on, but thought it interesting enough to pass on. Managed commodity funds were net sellers last week (no surprise there) but it turns out this was the most selling they had done since mid-March. If we just take a quick glance at the chart of Energy Select SPDR ETF (XLE:NYSE), a chart we discussed here Thursday evening, we see that is exactly when it made a low. For those who had asked, this is obviously a point in time where this needs to hold. Perhaps this turns out to be good news for the oils.

New Ideas

I want to follow up on the chart of Goldman Sachs (GS:NYSE), which we looked at in early July. I didn’t think it was bearish then, just that it was likely stuck in the camp of going nowhere. It enjoyed a rally back to the underside of the broken uptrend line and has since come down to the early July lows with nary a bounce. A break of this $203-$204 level would have a measuring implication over the next few months of near $195.

I also want to follow up on Lowe’s (LOW:NYSE), which we looked at about a week ago. I was wrong to be so negative on it. While I still much prefer Home Depot (HD:NYSE) as a chart, LOW did manage to save itself and rally a few bucks, removing some of the sense of an imminent breakdown. The resistance overhead at $71 still looms large, whereas HD’s chart is more a matter of whether or not it can do a nice job of consolidating the recent gains and hold on to this $114- $116 area now that it has cleared it.

Today’s Indicator

The Hi-Lo Indicator should turn up this week.


We have looked at the SOX before, especially as it relates to the Nasdaq Composite since, with the ratio at .125, we typically see a bottom in the semis. Yet the rally in the semis has been rather tepid, hasn’t it? The iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX:Nasdaq) had a downside measured target around $85, so it has that going in its favor. It was a spike low, so it probably needs to be tested at some point, especially since it hasn’t made a higher high (over $91 would be a higher high). Then there is all that resistance that comes in at $91-$93. I am inclined to see if it can build a base in the coming weeks. Perhaps that spike low will turn out to be the head of a small head-and-shoulders bottom.

Last fall I liked the chart of Jabil Circuits (JBL:NYSE) with a target of $24-4$25, but this year has been a horror show for the stock since it broke that uptrend line on a gap. Like the chart of the SOXX above, I’d like to see it do some work and build a base before I sound any sort of all clear on it. Even if we look at the October low last year at 1$8, it was tested in December at $19.50. I’d much prefer to see that sort of action, a pattern of higher lows, before guessing if this was it. But as you can see, the rally shows much more promise than the mid-July rally, which was essentially non-existent on the chart. I’m interested now. I wasn’t in early July.

On a short-term basis, I see an awful lot of resistance at $62-$63 on SolarCity (SCTY:Nasdaq). On an intermediate- term basis, this looks like a base to me. So, if your time horizon is longer than a few weeks, this chart is relatively interesting as long as it stays over $52 and then can eventually break out over that resistance line. In other words, it looks like it needs some time to eat through the resistance, but should do it eventually.

Regards, Helene Meisler

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