Viewpoint: Santa Claus is concerning town and bringing presents for your stock portfolio

The stock exchange, as determined by the S&P 500 Index
continued to move greater and much deeper into overbought area. A rate was spent for that on December 20, when a percentage of offering become an avalanche, costing the benchmark U.S. index more than 70 points in simply a number of hours of trading. However that alone didn’t sign up lots of offer signals (a couple, which we will go over listed below).

Additionally, there is a strong seasonal bullish end to the year– even in the worst year of 2018. So, the bulls are most likely refrained from doing yet.

The all-time SPX highs (at 4816 intraday, and 4796 closing) are rather quickly achievable now. SPX advanced to 4778 before the afternoon problem on December 20 th There isn’t any near-term assistance, because the tail end of this rally accompanied such speed. Even the increasing 20-day Moving Typical is method down at 4630. There must be assistance in the 4540-4570 location, where SPX combined for a while in later November and early December.

In falling back, a “traditional” “customized Bollinger Band” (mBB) offer signal was released at the close on December 20, because SPX closed listed below the +3 σ Band. We do not trade those signals, however, because they are in some cases early. The present “traditional” signal is marked on green (‘s’) on the accompanying SPX chart. Keep in mind that there was a comparable signal (significant in pink) in early December. That early December “traditional” sell signal did not validate into a McMillan Volatility Band (MVB) offer signal, which we would trade. So, it is not specific that this latest “traditional” sell signal will either.

Equity-only put-call ratios have actually continued to decrease, moving towards the lower areas of their particular charts. Now, the weighted ratio has actually produced a brand-new sell signal from an extremely overbought state. Despite the fact that the weighted chart has actually just curled up for one day, the computer system programs that we utilize to evaluate these charts are “stating” that this is a verified sell signal. It is marked with a green “S” on the accompanying chart. The computer system programs would be shown incorrect if the weighted ratio dropped to a brand-new relative low. On the other hand, the basic ratio– while likewise overbought– isn’t rather as short on its chart, therefore it stays on a buy signal in the meantime.

Breadth has actually been really strong of late, therefore one bad day in the market is insufficient to create sell signals from the breadth oscillators. Another day or 2 of unfavorable breadth would create those sell signals, however that is tough to prepare for. So, these oscillators stay bullish in the meantime.

In an associated matter, Cumulative Volume Breadth (CVB) traded at a brand-new all-time high. CVB is simply the everyday running amount of the volume of advancing problems minus the volume of decreasing problems. In our case, the “problems” are our “stocks just” database– all stocks with noted choices (more than 6,000 in all). When CVB makes a brand-new all-time high, SPX generally follows and does the exact same thing an instant later on. These signals have actually been really precise in the past, however there was a total loser last summertime when CVB traded at a brand-new all-time high up on July 31 st (2023 ).

Brand-new Highs have actually continued to control New Lows on the NYSE. Hence, this sign stays bullish, and its buy signal stays undamaged.


increased decently when SPX sold 70 points on the afternoon of December 20, so the pattern of VIX purchase signal stays in location. VIX would need to close above its decreasing 200-day Moving Typical in order to stop out that buy signal. If would likewise be an unfavorable indication if VIX were to go into “increasing” mode (an advance of a minimum of 3.00 points over a three-day or much shorter period, utilizing closing rates). It has actually refrained from doing that either.

If January futures trade at a greater cost than February futures, that would be an incredibly unfavorable indication.

The construct of volatility derivatives stays sturdily bullish in its outlook for stocks. The December VIX futures have actually ended, so the January futures are the front month. Appropriately, we will be enjoying the relationship in between January and February VIX futures. If January trades at a greater cost than February, that would be an incredibly unfavorable indication. That is not almost the case today, however right before the big selloffs in February 2018 and February 2020, it was. So, this is something worth enjoying.

Lastly, there is the concern of seasonality. Completion of the year is typically a seasonally bullish period, and it definitely has actually been up until now this year. There is one essential seasonal pattern to search for– the Santa Claus rally, as specified by the late Yale Hirsch. It includes the last 5 trading days of one year and the very first 2 trading days of the next year. Normally, the marketplace must rally over that time duration (the average gain throughout the years has actually had to do with 1.2%). Nevertheless, if the marketplace does not rally over that seven-day duration, it is an unfavorable indication for stocks.

In summary, we are still keeping a “core” bullish position. We have actually rolled our bullish positions up numerous times throughout the big rally that has actually happened because completion of October. We will continue to include other positions around the “core” position when validated buy or offer signals happen.

New suggestion: Santa Claus rally

Although we have a position in IWM.
calls to make the most of the basic bullish seasonality after Thanksgiving, we wish to include a position to trade the often-powerful Santa Claus rally. KEEP IN MIND: this is the “genuine” Santa Claus rally trading system as established by the late Yale Hirsch, and not the basic media buzz about year-end trading in basic.

At the close these days, Thursday, December 21 st, Buy 2 SPY
Jan (5 th) at-the-money calls Roll the position up if the calls end up being a minimum of 6 points in-the-money at any time. Offer the whole position at the close of trading on the 2nd trading day of 2024: Wednesday, January 3.

New Suggestion: CVB purchase signal

We kept in mind in the Market Remark area that Cumulative Volume Breadth traded at a brand-new all-time high. That is a signal that SPX will do the exact same. At this time, brand-new all-time highs have to do with 80 SPX points away, so this is still a tradeable signal. We are going to take it, by purchasing a call with a strike near the all-time high of SPY.

Buy 1 SPY Feb (16 th) 480 call

The whole premium is at threat here, because there actually isn’t a stop-out for this trade.

Possible MVB sell signal

A “traditional” mBB sell signal has actually happened (see Market Remark area above), however we do not trade those. Rather, we wait on the complete verification of a McMillan Volatility Band (MVB) offer signal. That MVB sell signal will happen if SPX trades at 4670 at any time moving forward. This entire procedure would be cancelled if SPX were to as soon as again close above its +4 σ Band.

IF SPX trades at 4670 or lower at any time, THEN Purchase 1 SPY Feb (16 th) at-the-money put At this time, these puts are not incredibly pricey, because VIX is still at low levels, therefore we are not going to advise a bear spread out here, however rather simply an outright put purchase.

If the trade is developed, roll the put down whenever it ends up being 8 points in-the-money. The position would be stopped out if SPX consequently closed back above its +4 σ Band. The position would reach its “target” revenue cost if SPX trades at the -4 σ Band.

Follow-up action

All stops are psychological closing stops unless otherwise kept in mind.

We are utilizing a “basic” rolling treatment for our SPY spreads: in any vertical bull or bear spread, if the underlying strikes the brief strike, then roll the whole spread. That would be roll up when it comes to a call-bull spread or roll down when it comes to a bear-put spread. Remain in the exact same expiration and keep the range in between the strikes the exact same unless otherwise advised.

Long 1 SPY Dec (29 th) 472 call: A spread was purchased in line with the CBOE Equity-only put-call ratio purchase signal. It has actually been rolled up numerous times, with December 14 th being the most current, when SPY initially traded at 472. Roll the call up if it ends up being a minimum of 8 points in-the-money. We are holding without a stop for now.

Long 2 ES Jan (19 th) 60 calls: We will hold this position as long as the weighted put-call ratio chart for ES.

stays on a buy signal.

Long 4 XLP
Dec (29 th) 70 calls: The stop stays at 70.

Long 1 SPY Dec (29 th) 473 call: This position was at first a long straddle. It was rolled up, and the puts were offered. The calls were rolled up once again on December 14. Continue to roll the call up if it ends up being 8 points ITM. This is, in essence, our “core” bullish position.

Long 5 AVPT

Jan (15 th) 8 calls: Raise the routing closing stop to 8.10.

Long 2 TECH

Jan (19 th) 70 calls: We will hold as long as weighted put-call ratio is on a buy signal.

Long 4 KHC

Jan (19 th) 37.5 calls: Offer these calls now, because the put-call ratio has actually rolled over to a sell signal.

Long 2 IWM Jan (19 th) 196 calls: This is our post-Thanksgiving seasonal position. We will hold without a stop, because this is a rather long seasonal bullish duration extending through the very first 2 trading days of 2024 (the tail end of which starts at today’s close). We have actually rolled the call up 3 times, most just recently on December 14. Roll up once again if the call ends up being 6 points in-the-money (i.e., at 202).

Long 1 SPY Feb (16 th) 457 call and brief 1 SPY Feb (16 th) 477 call: This spread is based upon the “New Highs vs. New Lows” purchase signal. We will stop out of this position if New Lows on the NYSE surpass Brand-new Highs for 2 successive trading days. Otherwise, there is no cost stop based upon SPX.

Long 4 UNM

Mar (15 th) 45 calls: We will hold this position as long as the weighted put-call ratio of UNM stays on a buy signal.

We were unable to purchase the Griffon

) April 50 straddles at our suggested cost recently, so we are canceling that suggestion now.

All stops are psychological closing stops unless otherwise kept in mind.

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Lawrence G. McMillan is president of McMillan Analysis, an authorized financial investment and product trading consultant. McMillan might hold positions in securities suggested in this report, both personally and in customer accounts. He is a knowledgeable trader and cash supervisor and is the author of the very popular book, Alternatives as a Strategic Financial Investment

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