ETFs On The Cutline – Updated Through 07/19/2024

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Do you want to know which ETFs are hot and which ones are not? Then you need my High-Volume ETF Cutline report. It tells you how close or far each of the 311 ETFs I follow is from its long-term trend line (39-week SMA). These are the ETFs that trade more than $5 million a day, so they are not some obscure funds that nobody cares about.

The report is split into two parts: The winners that are above their trend line (%M/A), and the losers that are below it. The yellow line is the line of shame that separates them. You can see how many ETFs are in each group and how they have changed since the last report (283 vs. 276 current).

Take a peek:

The HV ETF Master Cutline Report

If you are confused by some of the terms we use, don’t panic. I have a helpful Glossary of Terms for you.

If you want to learn more about the Cutline method and how it can make you rich (or at least less poor), read my original post here.

ETF Tracker Newsletter For July 19, 2024

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  1. Moving the markets

The downward trend persisted today, leaving traders likely relieved that the week is finally over. Earlier hopes for an easing of interest rates had prompted a rotation out of tech stocks and into broader markets like Small Caps, which stand to benefit the most from such policy changes.

However, when considering the bigger picture, this week’s losses were moderate compared to the gains the major indexes have accumulated year-to-date. The S&P 500 ended the week down around 2%, marking its worst performance since April, while the Nasdaq slipped over 3%. These declines were somewhat offset by the Dow’s 0.6% advance and the Small Caps’ 2% gain.

The shift away from technology stocks was necessary, as traders and investors had become overly reliant on a few high-performing stocks. The reality set in that this dependence is unsustainable, and for any bullish scenario to be maintained over time, the broader market must participate.

Adding to the market’s woes, today’s significant IT outage, with CrowdStrike unintentionally hinting at the possible existence of an internet kill switch with global impact, did not inspire confidence among traders.

Despite this week’s pullback affecting all indexes, Small Caps remain the clear winner for July with an almost 7% gain, while the Nasdaq has dipped slightly into the red. Bond yields rose, and Bitcoin rallied for the second consecutive week, climbing above $67k for the first time in six weeks, decoupling from its strong correlation with the tech sector.

Gold struggled, giving back all its early-week gains and ending the week nearly unchanged. Meanwhile, the dollar found a bottom and had its best week since early June, which negatively impacted crude oil, pushing it back to the $80 level.

Reflecting on historical precedents, such as the comparison between Cisco Systems and Nvidia, I wonder: Will reality eventually overcome the current hype?

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Weekly StatSheet For The ETF Tracker Newsletter – Updated Through 07/18/2024

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ETF Data updated through Thursday, July 18, 2024

How to use this StatSheet:

  1. Out of the 1,800+ ETFs out there, I only pick the ones that trade over $5 million per day (HV ETFs), so you don’t get stuck with a lemon that nobody wants to buy or sell.
  1. Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs)

These are the main indicators that tell you when to buy or sell Domestic and International ETFs (section 1 and 2). They do that by comparing their position to their long-term M/A (Moving Average). If they cross above, and stay there, it’s a green light to buy. If they fall below, and keep going, it’s a red light to sell. And to make sure you don’t lose your shirt if things go south, I also use a 12% trailing stop loss on all positions in these categories.

  1. All other investment areas don’t have a TTI and should be traded based on the position of each ETF relative to its own trend line (%M/A). That’s why I call them “Selective Buy.” In other words, if an ETF goes above its own trend line, you can buy it. But don’t forget to use a trailing sell stop of 12%, or less if you’re feeling nervous.

If some of these words sound like Greek to you, please check out the Glossary of Terms and new subscriber information in section 9.

  1. DOMESTIC EQUITY ETFs: BUY— since 11/21/2023

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This is our main compass, the Domestic Trend Tracking Index (TTI-green line in the above chart). It has broken above its long-term trend line (red) by +7.69% and is in “Buy” mode as posted.

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Jobless Claims Spike, Raising Concerns About Market Sustainability

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The Nasdaq and S&P 500 saw a modest rebound early in the day, with the Nasdaq attempting to recover from its worst decline in two years. However, by midday, a wave of selling pressure hit the markets, leading to a significant downturn, with the Dow suffering the most.

The sell-off in tech stocks continued, driven by the increasing likelihood that the Federal Reserve might ease off on raising interest rates in September. While this had previously supported the broader market, today saw a widespread decline across all asset classes, including Small Caps, which turned traders’ screens into a sea of red.

Over the past five trading days, Small Caps have surged more than 7%, while the tech sector has dropped over 4%. Today’s broad market plunge has raised concerns about whether the high levels of the major indexes are justified given the current weak economic environment.

Jobless claims have now rebounded to their highest levels since August 2023, and continuing claims have spiked to levels not seen since November 2021. This is troubling news for American workers, but it remains to be seen if Wall Street will interpret this “bad” news as “good” news for the markets.

The MAG7 stocks fell to their lowest levels in a month, and the recent short squeeze lost momentum for the second consecutive day. Bond yields edged higher, gold prices declined, crude oil traded erratically, and Bitcoin struggled to gain traction. However, the dollar managed to recover from its recent slump.

Given these developments, I am wondering if current market levels are sustainable, or are we headed for a more significant correction?

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Economic Weakness Looms As Market Awaits Earnings Season Impact

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Today’s market saw a continued rotation out of the tech sector, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq retreating once again. The Nasdaq experienced its worst day in 19 months. Meanwhile, the Dow managed to stay above its unchanged line, eking out another green close.

Tech giants like Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, and Meta each lost more than 1%. Given their recent impressive runs, this is only a modest correction. Nvidia, however, dropped 6%, with semiconductors facing their most significant decline since the COVID-19 lockdowns. Traders shifted their focus to Small Caps, which had rallied recently but closed lower yesterday.

Even the MAG7 stocks were hit hard, losing an astounding $1.1 trillion in market cap. Despite this, the losses are minor compared to the sector’s overall gains.

Anticipation that the Federal Reserve might lower rates has buoyed Small Caps, as lower financing costs could be beneficial. Futures markets currently imply a 100% likelihood of the Fed lowering rates in September.

The recent short squeeze reversed, bond yields were mixed, and rate-cut expectations held steady but increased for 2025. The dollar dropped to a two-month low, while crude oil recovered from its recent slump, heading towards the $83 level. Bitcoin took a breather from its recent surge, as did gold, with the precious metal coming off its all-time high.

While the bulls remain in control, economic weakness is spreading, which could be reflected in the upcoming earnings season. The extent of this impact will likely determine the future direction of the market.

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Bitcoin Rebounds Past $65k; Gold Hits New High

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  1. Moving the markets

The rally broadened today with the Dow reaching record territory, while the Nasdaq lagged. A rotation out of tech and into Small Cap stocks continued, at least for now. Nvidia slipped about 2%, while Tesla and Meta each dropped over 1%.

A massive short squeeze provided a significant boost, with the most shorted stocks rallying for 10 consecutive days, marking their biggest advance in about four years. Small Caps also set a record, achieving the largest five-day outperformance over the S&P 500 since late 1987.

Banks like Bank of America and Morgan Stanley advanced due to better-than-expected earnings, as the reporting season gains momentum. Traders are highly optimistic about this earnings season.

Retail sales were unchanged from June, surprising economists who had anticipated a 0.4% decline. Excluding autos, sales rose 0.4% compared to a 0.1% forecast. Traders concluded that consumers were not buckling under pressure as widely expected.

Bond yields fell despite stronger-than-expected retail sales numbers. The dollar remained stable, while oil prices dipped but managed to stay around the $80 level.

Bitcoin continued its rebound, surpassing the $65k mark. Gold not only hit a new all-time high but also competed closely with the Dow for the session’s top performer. The Dow edged out a win, gaining 1.85% compared to gold’s 1.83%.

However, the significant gap between gold and the 10-year yield suggests that gold might be anticipating some kind of crisis.

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2. Current “Buy” Cycles (effective 11/21/2023)

Our Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs) have both crossed their trend lines with enough strength to trigger new “Buy” signals. That means, Tuesday, 11/21/2023, was the official date for these signals.

If you want to follow our strategy, you should first decide how much you want to invest based on your risk tolerance (percentage of allocation). Then, you should check my Thursday StatSheet and Saturday’s “ETFs on the Cutline” report for suitable ETFs to buy.

3. Trend Tracking Indexes (TTIs)

The rotation out of tech continued unabated and propelled the broad market higher with Small Caps taking top billing.

Our TTI’s joined the party with especially the domestic one scoring a solid gain.

This is how we closed 07/16/2024:

Domestic TTI: +9.01% above its M/A (prior close +7.17%)—Buy signal effective 11/21/2023.

International TTI: +8.78% above its M/A (prior close +8.20%)—Buy signal effective 11/21/2023.

All linked charts above are courtesy of Bloomberg via ZeroHedge.



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