Trading PlanTwo weeks ago, the broader markets rallied from their respective month-long congestion areas on news that the U.S. and China would resume trade talks.

That rally reached price resistance areas, and why said last week, “this is where the hefty lifting begins for bulls.”

I also said:

“The current combination of internals and prices being at resistance is not one that puts initiating new longs desirable.

This pattern, historically, requires some digestion (corrective price action) prior to moving higher.”

That is what we got with markets correcting either sideways or slightly lower.

The strongest markets saw buyers step up on the dip that occurred on Wednesday.

After that, it looked like we were there to see some new all-time highs. The S&P 500 made a peekaboo into that new all-time high area but backed off.

Friday started off with some choppy sideways consolidation, and it seemed like the day was going to be a real “yawner.”

However, when news came out that the Chinese were not going to visit U.S. farmers (more China trade news), the markets dropped.

Considering the attacks on the Saudi Arabia oil fields, the Fed announcement to cut interest rates by quarter-of-a-point, and China not going to visit U.S. farms, the price action in the broader markets last week was relatively uneventful.


S&P Sector ETFs



Without looking at the charts, you can see from the percent change list above that most of the action was last Friday.

The first column of percent change is the change for the day (Friday), and the second column is the change for the week.

As you can see, the losses on Friday were the majority of what occurred on the week. And the majority of the move lower occurred between 1:10 and 1:18 ET as the news about China not visiting the farms came out.

Utilities were the best performer followed by Real Estate, which was helped by interest rates falling again last week.

The chart of interest rates made a low two weeks ago and the pullback last week is in the area where buyers should want to purchase again.

The direction of interest rates this week may be a key factor in the direction of the broader markets. So, monitor the ETF symbol TBT to see if it reverses up or continues the decline.


Where the Markets Headed This Week


We don’t have any clear patterns across the broader markets, even looking at multiple time frames.

The broader markets' ability to get back up to the top of the range is a positive, but so far we do not have any signal that the markets are ready to continue higher.

I pointed out last week that the market internals of sentiment and breadth had moved to marginally bearish levels. Last week’s corrective price action has worked some of that off to neutral.

Next week’s economic news will be the typical reports with the majority of potential movers on Thursday. There are no economic reports coming.

The markets are “on their own” so to speak as to finding a direction or the lack thereof.

The drop that occurred on Friday afternoon that had little to no ability to retrace higher created a bearish candle in most markets and sectors.

While that single candle suggests prices can move lower, the majority of daily trends are consolidating within their up trends at respective resistance areas.

For the moment, it doesn’t support anything more than a neutral bias starting out this week.


Dow Jones Industrials



Above is the chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average that we review each week for information and education of MTS.

In last Monday’s letter, we took note that the Dow had pushed up to its area of Major Resistance and that it never makes sense to buy after such a move without some type of corrective price action.

That corrective price action is underway and is not over yet.

The Dow declined slightly last week, and the majority of its relatively small loss occurred on Friday.

That decline did stay above the Bottoming Tail (BT) that formed on Wednesday. The BT tells us that buyers were willing to step up on the dip.

We will be watching to see if prices fall below Wednesday's low or hold that area.

If they can hold that area for the first half-hour of trading on Monday, it may get prices to turn higher — at least in the short-term.

A break down below Wednesday's BT would likely result in a move down toward the Correction Bar from the prior week, and possibly even the 26,600 area.

The Dow and the majority of sectors are in “no man’s land” from a technical perspective. They are consolidating the small gains that occurred in September and there is no confirming pattern as of yet to signal a continuation of those gains.

Historically, the end of September is not a bullish time in the markets, but in this news-driven market, anything is possible.

Until we get something decisive to suggest a move in either direction, we suggest trading smaller than normal size.






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Below is a daily chart of Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (IRT).



Trade:  Over $14.57, consider buying stock.

Technical Setup:   Bullish 1-2-3 Continuation in strong uptrend above r20/50-MA daily, bullish weekly.

Stop Loss:  $14.08.

Optionable:  Yes, but illiquid.


Below is a daily chart of Edgewell Personal Care Company (EPC).



Trade:  Over $31.86, consider buying stock.

Technical Setup:   Bullish reversal at r20/50-MA and Minor Support daily.

Stop Loss:  $29.96.

Optionable:  Yes, but illiquid.


Below is a daily chart of The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC).



Trade:   Under $28.00, consider shorting stock.

Technical Setup:   Breakdown after -Gap and bearish consolidation daily, Sell Setup weekly at d20-MA.

Stop Loss: $28.72.

Optionable:  Yes, but illiquid.


9/23: LII – Consider shorting stock under $238.20.  Sell Setup and engulfing bar at d20-MA in downtrend daily, Bear 1-2-3 continuation weekly.  Stop $244.52






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A quick simplified approach to calculating contract size is to simply base your contract size based on the number of shares permitted in your Trading Plan as if you were trading the stock or ETF.

Simple Share Sizing = $ Risk / Stop Loss

The amount of money that you are willing to risk – divided by – the stop loss amount. For example, $100 / .20 = 500 shares.

Credit Spread example, if your Trading Plan allowed you to trade 543 shares of AAPL based on the stop loss, then simply round down to the nearest hundred and short an equivalent number of contracts of the option.

Since 1 contract represents 100 shares of the underlying, this would be five (5) contracts.


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