About Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco has been serving investors for over 17 years. He is a regular contributor to Financial Sense, Seeking Alpha, and Safehaven. Mr. Ciovacco has been quoted in several media outlets, including the Dow Jones Wire Service, MarketWatch, Fox Business News, the Atlanta-Journal Consitution, and Nasdaq.com. Chris Ciovacco began his investment career with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta in 1994. With a focus on global macro investing, Chris uses both fundamental and technical analysis to assist in managing risk while looking for growth opportunities around the globe in all asset classes.

About Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco has been serving investors for over 17 years. He is a regular contributor to Financial Sense, Seeking Alpha, and Safehaven. Mr. Ciovacco has been quoted in several media outlets, including the Dow Jones Wire Service, MarketWatch, Fox Business News, the Atlanta-Journal Consitution, and Nasdaq.com. Chris Ciovacco began his investment career with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta in 1994. With a focus on global macro investing, Chris uses both fundamental and technical analysis to assist in managing risk while looking for growth opportunities around the globe in all asset classes.

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Are Defensive Assets Waving Red Flags For Stocks?

In good times for the market “growth” stocks, the NASDAQ and higher risk assets outperform “safe” stocks like the S&P 500. This is commonly referred to as “Risk-On”. But as the market becomes more cautious and participants are more concerned about the return OF their assets vs. the return ON their assets, they shift away from risky assets and towards Bonds, Utilities, and Gold.

In the series of charts below Chris Ciovacco of Ciovacco Capital Management looks at how defensive assets are faring in the current market compared to how it performed in 2007-2009.

This indicator had a divergence in both 2000 and 2007; a divergence is also present in 2017

Market breadth speaks to the number of stocks participating in an advance. Strong market breadth means a high percentage of stocks are making new highs as the major indexes make new highs. Strong breadth also aligns with widespread confidence in stocks and the economy.

How Concerning Is The S&P 500’s Pullback?

This week’s video reviews the impact of the recent pullback on the longer-term outlook. The video also covers the emotional impact of portfolio draw-downs.

Will Stocks Finally Break out of the 35 Year Box?

Despite all the talk of the Dow making new highs over the last few years the truth is actually quite different. The way an index is “weighted” can make all the difference in how it looks. In addition indexes that change their composition regularly like the DOW (i.e.removing some companies and adding better performing ones) create an unnatural upward bias.

Rare Signal Says Stock Rally Is The Real Deal

Only Three Other Occurrences Since 2002

The True Strength Index (TSI) is a momentum oscillator based on a double smoothing of price changes. As shown in the monthly S&P 500 graph below, a positive momentum crossover (black moves above red) has only occurred four times since 2002. In the three previous cases, the S&P 500 rallied for a long period of time after the crossover; the average gain was 52%.

Is Warren Buffett Bullish or Bearish Now?

Actions Speak Louder Than Words — If you want to know what someone really thinks about the stock market, look at their recent portfolio transactions. What can we learn from recent moves made by two of the world’s most respected value investors?

Is Dow Theory Telling Us The Stock Rally Is Going To Fail?

The Dow Jones Transportation Average has failed to print a new high above the previous high made in 2015. Given the Dow has made a new high, a Dow Theory non-confirmation remains in effect.

How Does 2016 Compare To Stock Market Peaks In 2000 And 2007?

How does the current 50 day and 200 day moving average on the S&P 500 compare from previous crashes with the current market situation?

Key Charts For Fed Day

A retest of prior resistance may be in the cards, which is exactly what happened in early 1995. In 2016, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (below) may be in retest mode.

Stocks And Bonds- Testing Key Areas

While the S&P 500 (SPY) was able to push to a new high during Monday’s trading session, the broad NYSE Composite Stock Index (VTI) was still looking for a close above an area that acted as resistance in the past.