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This bi-weekly podcast provides the latest update and overview of our data-driven models:

  • the Asbury 6 for Risk Management
  • the Correction Protection Model (CPM) for Wealth Preservation
  • the SEAF (Sector ETF Asset Flows) Model for Sector Rotation
  • the CARP (Cross Asset Relative Performance) Model for Relative Performance
  • the US vs. The World Model for Global Asset Allocation

These models collectively determine two things: 1) when to be invested, and 2) where to be invested.

This Week’s Focus: Big Cap Technology

This week, with the S&P 500 trading in a sideways, non-trending environment since December, our focus is on what’s been keeping the US stock market afloat since January.  The answer: Large Cap Technology stocks.

The chart below, one of 56 charts in our latest Monthly Investment Compass published this weekend, shows Apple (AAPL) daily since July 2021 with its 200-day moving average, a widely-watched major trend proxy.  

Apple (AAPL) daily since July 2021

The chart shows that AAPL has been in a major uptrend, according to the 200-day MA, since early February but is currently testing a wall of formidable overhead resistance between 176.15 and 182.94 which represents three benchmark highs established in 2022.  Overhead resistance like this is seldom appreciable and sustainable broken — if at all — without at least a significant corrective decline first.

Moreover, there are several other similarly influential stocks that are also currently testing major overhead resistance levels — just like AAPL is.  We discuss these in detail in this weekend’s premium report. Unless these resistance levels are broken, it will be very hard for the S&P 500 to mount a sustainable rise above 4200, the top of its current 6-month trading range which is currently being tested.

The Asbury 6 Is Currently Positive, But Just Barely

The Asbury 6, our Tactical risk management model, is a combination of six diverse market metrics that we combined to look beyond the day-to-day, up-and-down noise of the stock market to determine its actual health — in much the same way that a doctor checks patients’ vital signs during an office visit to determine their baseline health.  It helps us to identify real, sustainable market advances or declines from computer-driven traps for investors.

The Asbury 6 through April 19th is shown below.  The “A6” shifted back to a Positive, Risk On status on May 18th.  

The Asbury 6 through May 19th 2023

A Positive status in the “A6” indicates the market’s internal health is currently favorable for a Tactical rise in stock prices.  However, this model was constructed to be agile and sensitive.  A Negative shift in the Asbury 6 from this pivotal price level at S&P 500 4200, especially accompanied by a bearish reversal in AAPL and/or the other handful of large cap Tech stocks we are closely watching, would be seen as a signal to protect capital and wait for a lower, better place to buy.

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