S&P500 Market analysis June 23rd 2020

Some say that markets are not allowed to go down any more. Many PMI figures will be published today, as well as new houses selling numbers. As usual, there will be plenty of comments about how markets have gone up or down by a tiny 0.x% because investors like or disliked the numbers. Which is absolutely ridiculous, it is just noise commenting! You should always look at wider charts and understand the underlying movements!

S&P kagi line is still yang so it is no surprise we are still in up market.

There is a divergence between Williams A&D and its momentum just below, but it is just a warning, no action needed for now. Your stop should be around 2960 and you would better go out and enjoy the sunshine!

Volatility lovers: Crypto, what else?

Investing in crypto currencies might be something for geeks, many of you probably think, but for the pleasure of trading small amounts and and making big gains in percentage, this is worth a detour.

It is not because you hate some companies that you should not invest in them. Trading is about making profits, full stop. Yes, crypto may not environment friendly, and will be worth zero should a huge wordly power outage occurs but that is a risk you have to manage. Also crypto are showing the path to the future, nobody in maybe 10 years from now will pay with banknotes and coins. This is why you should be bullish on this technologies and why not trade of few them!

There is now a big number of cryptocurrencies to invest in, but please stick to major ones, as most of them are scams and will be worth zero far before our gigantic power outage! I do not wander beyond the big ones like Bitcoin, Etherum, Litecoin and a few others. Trading those is actually quite straightforward because of huge volatility, and remember volatility means also likeliness of emergence of trends. Use a Kagi graph to enter is easiest strategy, then use a candlestick graph to place stop!

Here we go with Bitcoin!

Bitcoin bottomed out by March 22nd, Kagi lines made a 2-level break, MACD is up. One day later, the double window bottom was also confirmed. I entered below 6000!

If the accumulation/distribution also showed a buy signal about the same time, it was not so obvious we should go! Skeptic bull, uh? As the trend lines then started going up beginning of April and price starting to hover the random walk path, it was second possible entry!

Where is Bitcoin headed now? As you can see on Kagi, the Bollinger bands are pointing upwards. A correction may or may not come, next objectives are 10700 and 12000. Out if closing below 8800 (as of today!). Just wait and see!

Note: major crypto currencies will not disappear tomorrow, unless this enormous power outage again! Using a stop based on volatility is fine. But price may zoom through the stop line, so be careful and make the line size much smaller than on a stock and you will be safe!

S&P500 market analysis June 8th 2020

Warning signals conjunction are always important to watch!

The kagi line is closing to Bollinger upper band. From there, it can go through or reverse. In any case, it is worth securing partial profits or revise stops upwards.

On candlestick chart, price is also closing to reaction line shown last week. If it goes through, there is virtually no resistance until next one. Pretty much like a plane taking off, speed is important for air support under the wings. The opposite scenario is a sliding down the reaction line but we have yet to get a confirmation before looking deeper this assumption.

Two synchronous warnings should wake up your skeptical bull mindset!

That’s it. Until next time, trade safely!

Kagi charts: when time does not matter … too much!

This post is for those of you that want longer term approach, many weeks at least, and don’t mind their portfolio swinging up and down with larges waves. Maybe it will make you appear very clever if you can decipher and explain the chart to someone unaware of this technique!

For an in-depth introduction, please refer to Steve Nison’s book:

You may also refer to these sites: stockcharts or Colibri Trader.

I do not agree to use ATR as reversal amount as your chart will change over time, and you will loose track of why you entered the market. Just use the 3% reversal, it will do a perfect job!

Again, I am assuming you already know about Kagi charts which look like this one for Marvell. See last green arrow shows a positive and undoubted profitable signal!

Kagi charts filter out the daily noise and we are left with raw trend. Remember that people may change opinion at any time, so the charts may look convoluted from time to time.

There are interesting traditional figures mentioned in Steve Nison’s book that do appear from time to time. It does not hurt to pinpoint those patterns!

The basic buy signals, when kagi line goes from red to blue, appear quite often but obviously there are many false signals! Pretty much like the TLB charts (previous post), we need some tools to filter them out.

For each vertical segment, between 2 u-turns, we consider high and low to be top and bottom of each segment, open is the low for up moving lines and close is the top (opposite for down moving lines). Easy, isn’t it?

Bollinger bands are again useful, fantastic! Even the good old MACD feels more comfortable with this kind of charts. Let’s look at Gilead chart:

MACD divergences warn you about upcoming changes. Bollinger bands are clearly closing on on prices during consolidation and breakouts are solid confirmations. We can use the %B indicator to tell us when the bands are moving away from each other. Here is Tesla chart:


As you can see, in May 2020, an inverted 3-buddha bottom appeared, was soon confirmed my MACD crossover. Then in October, the %B has crossed its signal line (a 5 candles exponential moving average). We are on board! On March 5th, we get a 3-buddha top, we are out with a cool 162% gain. We are not playing the down move from there since the overall trend is still up, and Bollinger bands are contracting. Beginning of April, we are again getting again a buy-signal (2-level break following inverted 3-buddha bottom confirmed by MACD), up to you to play it or not! Note how those Bollinger bands are quite flat from 2017 till end middle of 2019, they tell you not not to play any signal in any direction!

A word of caution must be mentioned here! Back to probabilities!

The probability of a trend change given the fact that you see a reversal patter (double window for instance) AND Bollinger bands expanding AND MACD greater than signal does ONLY mean potential reversal. We are improving the odds in our favor but I can not give you figures because backtesting on those charts in not possible. I tested manually over maybe two hundreds of charts, about 50% of trades should be profitable. The fact is you don’t know how far will the trend go. This is why, should you have time, it is good to revert back to old candlestick charts and draw the fabulous action-reaction lines to find out the potential!

That’s it! Those of you wanting material for week-end perusal, you get it!

Until next time, trade safely!

Note: if you wonder why I am using Bollinger bands here, it is because prices are filtered out of the daily noise. These are ‘trend’ graphics. The bands often prove to be decent prices objectives. This is of course to be taken lightly and cross-checked by more serious methodologies!