It was another down week in US Equities with the S&P 500 Index closing down ~5% on the week despite trying to bounce off the 400 support level at the beginning of the week:
We have now seen a 20% drop from the highs at the beginning of the year and are trying to decide whether this (380 SPY) level – a 127% Fibonacci extension level of the AB move from C (or D3) – will provide more solid support. This level is also a 200% retracement of the BC bounce. If not, and we continue down the bearish channel that we have been in for the past ~7 weeks, the next potential support level might be ~360 – a 161.8% Fibonacci “golden ratio” level.
Put into perspective with other asset classes:
we see US equities at the bottom of the list – and no obvious correlation/anti-correlation between this and other equity or bond markets.
Tranche 2 of the Rutherford Portfolio (the focus of this week’s review) is holding positions in VNQ, RWX, DBC and GLD:
and has held up reasonably well, remaining ahead of the benchmark AOR Fund:
Checking recommendations from the BHS model:
we see recommended Buy or Hold suggestions for DBC and GLD but Sell recommendations for everything else. Only RWX is showing short-term strength so we should keep our eyes on this.
Taking a look at rotations:
we see the continued clockwise rotation from the top right quadrant into the bottom right quadrant and a general drift weaker (right to left) in long-term momentum. Even SHY is looking strong on a relative strength basis.
The rotation model:
is only offering DBC as a Buy recommendation – so I will be selling VNQ and RWX (did consider holding RWX but chose to stick with the system) and moving a portion of Tranche 2 funds to Cash:
We’ll see what next week brings.
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