Stocks made an impressive surge on Thursday, as an appropriate follow-up to Wednesday’s breakout move. All five major indices closed up for the session, but for the second consecutive day trade was lower. The S&P 500 and the S&P MidCap 400 led the advance with impressive 1.3% gains. The Nasdaq closed up 1.2%, while the small-cap Russell 2000 rose 1.1% on the day. The Dow was the day’s laggard, but still posted a solid 1% rally. In the first two trading days of this month the Dow has gained 3.2%. This represents the largest two day advance for the blue-chip index since July.
Turnover was down again on Thursday. Although the market has performed quite well over the past two sessions, it is always noteworthy when a big move is not accompanied by a spike in volume. Large advances are typically accompanied by strong volume because of short covering. In Thursday’s action, volume was down by 4.1% on the Nasdaq and 2.3% on the NYSE. Day over day, advancing volume once again outpaced declining volume on both indices. The ratio on the NYSE was a plus 5.8 to 1, and positive by a margin of 2.7 to 1 on the Nasdaq.
Both the iShares MSCI All Peru Capped Index Fund (EPU) and the PowerShares Water Resources ETF (PHO), triggered as long entries today, while our position in EEV hit its stop of $33.88. Based on our opening gap rules, both long positions were entered at the market after the first five minutes of trading. Entry and exit details are available for our subscribing members below.
After several days of rallying, numerous European ETFs appear to be setting up as possible short candidates. The iShares MSCI Spain Index ETF (EWP) provides an excellent example. In the November 23rd newsletter EWP was placed on the watchlist as a short entry. However, EWP gapped more than 1% beyond our trigger and the trade was nullified. This ETF continued its plunge until November 30th when it set a new swing low (“lower low”) of $34.25. Since bottoming, EWP has made a sharp two day recovery, but is now approaching significant resistance at the convergence of the 20-day EMA and the 200-day MA. Further, the 20-day EMA has crossed below the 200-day MA. This is generally considered a bearish technical indicator. The intersection of these moving averages is also an important Fibonacci retracement level. A rally near $39.00 provides a potential trigger to short EWP. We will be monitoring this setup closely, as it appears to hold strong potential.
The December rally has been impressive, but the lack of volume is slightly concerning. Nonetheless, leadership remains in the market and the trend remains intact.
There are no new official setups this morning. We will send an intraday alert if any new trades are made.
Daily Performance Report:
Below is an overview of all open positions, as well as a performance report on all positions that were closed only since the previous day’s newsletter. Net P/L figures are based on the $50,000 Wagner Daily model account size. Changes to open positions since the previous report are listed in red text below. Please review the Wagner Daily Subscriber Guide for important, automatic rules on trigger and stop prices
- Both PHO and EPU triggered long entries. EEV hit our protective stop and we are out with a smaller than average loss.
- We accidentally went over margin yesterday with our two new long entries. We are selling 100 shares of EPU after the first five minutes of trading to back our exposure down below $100,000.
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Edited by Deron Wagner,
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