Got What We Wanted


What’s next?


Good Morning IRG Blog Readers!  Here is this morning’s Daily Stock Barometer.  We remain Long this market, expecting a retest of the highs and possibly even more.  3 Days ago, we recommended our top CALL Option Plays for this move (In our Stock Options Speculator Service).  They’re soaring!

Mark McMillan has his portfolio positioned long.  Bill West, our ETF Trader has 9 long positions on the table.    It’s all good.  These short term
opportunities are what we’re all about.  If you want to try any of our services and get our next recommendations (or find out when to get out of this trade), feel free to click here.


Tuesday didn’t disappoint. It was a perfect gap up, pause and trade higher type day.  Then apple came out with blow out numbers after the close, and that should ice a retest of the highs.  Note, my comments are always geared towards the QQQ.  Since it’s our primary trading tool.


The tough part about a day like Tuesday is getting on board with a trade.  That’s one of the reasons we give the markets a little room to consolidate while remaining long.  The key here is that the market sets up for a continuation higher.  For that to happen, certain events must take place.  Think of it like when you set up dominoes to topple over.  If the right conditions exist, it will continue.  If not, it’ll stop.  We’ll monitor those conditions and report back to you…


Be my guest at this year’s World MoneyShow Chicago, October 20-22,
, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. Don’t miss out…register FREE and be sure to mention Priority code
Click here to see more details about when my session will be and what it is about.


Here’s a look at the global markets:


cnn world markets


On the economic front, here is the schedule for this week.


weekly economic calendar


On to the charts:

stock market timing


Stock Barometer Analysis

We remain in Buy Mode, expecting
the markets to move back towards previous highs.


The Stock Barometer is my proprietary market timing system. The direction, slope and level of the Stock Barometer determine our outlook. For
example, if the barometer line is moving down, we are in Sell Mode. A Buy or Sell Signal is triggered when the indicator clearly changes direction. Trend and support can override the barometer signals.

Money Management & Stops

To trade this system, there are a few things you need to know and address to control your risk:

  • This system targets intermediate term moves, of which even in the best years, there are usually only up to 7 profitable intermediate term moves. The rest of the year will be consolidating moves where this system will experience small losses and gains that offset each other.
  • This system will usually result in losing trades more than 50% of the time, even in our best years. The key is being positioned properly for longer term moves when they come.
  • Therefore it is vitally important that you apply some form of money management to protect your capital.
  • Trading a leveraged index fund will result in more risk, since you cannot set stops and you cannot get out intraday.


  • Make sure you set your stops so that you can lose no more than 2% per trade (based on the QQQQ if you’re trading leveraged funds and options with our trading service).

Potential Cycle Reversal Dates

2011 Potential Reversal
Dates: 1/15, 1/29, 2/16, 3/10, 3/18, 4/6, 5/21, 5/31, 6/13, 6/24, 7/16, 8/1, 8/19. We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.

Seasonality remains strong into
7/20.  And we have a 20 week cycle top coming in on 7/27.  And a key reversal date of 8/1.  I expect the markets to move higher into 8/1.


My Additional timing work is based on numerous cycles and has resulted in the above potential reversal
dates. These are not to be confused with the barometer signals or cycle times. However, due to their past accuracy I post the dates here.

2010 Potential Reversal
Dates: 1/19, 1/28, 3/2, 3/23, 4/7, 5/30, 6/10, 6/28, 7/10, 8/13, 9/7, 10/2, 10/27, 11/21, 12/19.
We publish dates up to 2 months in advance.
2009 Published Reversal Dates: 1/20, 2/11, 3/7, 3/15, 4/8, 4/16, 4/27, 5/7, 6/8, 7/2, 7/17, 9/14, 10/10, 10/24, 11/12, 11/30, 12/9, 12/21, 12/29. 2008 Potential Reversal Dates:
12/31, 1/11, 2/1, 2/13, 3/6, 4/5, 4/22, 5/23, 6/6, 6/27, 7/13, 9/2, 10/3, 10/22, 11/10, 12/11. 2007 Potential Reversal Dates: 1/10, 1/14, 1/27, 1/31, 2/3, 2/17, 3/10, 3/24, 4/21, 5/6, 6/15, 8/29, 10/19, 11/29, 12/13, 12/23, 12/31, 1/11/08.
2006 potential reversal dates: 1/16, 1/30, 2/25, 3/19, 4/8, 5/8, 5/19,
6/6(20), 7/24, 8/20, 8/29, 9/15, 10/11, 11/28. 2005 Potential
reversal dates: 12/27, 1/25, 2/16, 3/4, 3/14, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 5/2, 6/3, 6/10,
7/13, 7/28, 8/12, 8/30-31, 9/22, 10/4, 11/15, 11/20,

Timing Indicators

Use the following Timing/momentum
to assist
in your trading of the QQQQ, GLD, USD, USO and TLT. They are
tuned to deliver signals in line with the Stock Barometer and we use them
only in determining our overall outlook for the market
and for pinpointing
market reversals. The level, direction, and position to the
zero line are keys in these indicators. For example,
direction determines mode and a buy signal ’above zero’ is more bullish than a
buy signal ’below zero’.

QQQQ Timing Indicator

qqqq trading

The QQQQ Spread Indicator will yield its own
buy and sell signals that may be different from the Stock Barometer.
It’s meant to give us an idea of the next turn in the

Gold Timing Indicator (AMEX:GLD)


gold trading

Want to trade Gold? Use
our signals with the Gold ETF AMEX:GLD. Gold gives us a
general gage to the overall health of the US Economy and the

US Dollar Index Timing Indicator


usd dollar trading

Want to trade the US Dollar?
Use our signals with the Power Shares AMEX:UUP: US Dollar Index Bullish
Fund and AMEX:UDN: US Dollar Index Bearish Fund.

Bonds Timing Indicator

bond trading tlt



Want to trade Bonds? Use
our signals with Lehman?s 20 year ETF AMEX:TLT. The direction
of bonds has an impact on the stock market. Normally, as
bonds go down, stocks will go up and as bonds go up, stocks will go


OIL Timing Indicator (AMEX:USO)

oil trading uso

Want to trade OIL? Use
our signals with AMEX:USO, the OIL ETF. We look at the price
of oil as its level and direction has an impact on the stock market.

Secondary Stock Market Timing

Nasdaq New Highs

We daily monitor hundreds of popular and
proprietary technical indicators that break down market internals, sentiment and
money flow to give us unique insight into the market. We
feature at least one here each day in support of our current outlook.  As
an annual subscriber to any of our services, you will get access to all our
charts and research.

Daily Stock Market Outlook

remain in Buy Mode, expecting the markets to continue higher into


in true buy the rumor sell the news fashion, as soon as we extend the debt
ceiling, markets will push lower (or consolidate) for two weeks into 8/19.
Beyond that, I see a bounce and a larger move lower into September…
But as you know, I hate to look too far out, since what happens 3 weeks
from now is much harder to profit from than what happens today and


Above is a chart of new highs.  Depending on market
conditions, it oscillates higher and lower or it can sustain.  Oscillations
can be 3-5 days higher.  Sustained moves don’t occur too often, but the
stock market can continue higher as the # of new highs drops.  Remember,
the indices only represent a few stocks.  The market is huge.  So
money can come out of stocks, and move into the indices.  Don’t think about
it too much, thinking is what gets traders in trouble.


Below is our gold leading indicator chart.  It’s
suggesting the move in gold is done for now.


gold leading indicator


If you’re looking for more information, please visit our blog – I’ll have updates
and publish other articles there.
I’ve been laying out an oil short trade for a while now.  Oil should bounce
in the short term but longer term, I see it setting up to head lower.


Stock Barometer

Copyright © 2004-2011 Investment Research Group, Inc.
d/b/a All Rights

No reproduction, retransmission, or other use of the information or images is
authorized. Legitimate news media may quote representative
passages, in context and with full attribution, for the purpose of reporting on
our opinions. Media interested in speaking to Stock Barometer should email info to
arrange a call.

To ensure delivery and prevent this e-mail from being delivered to your bulk mail folder, please add our ’From’ e-mail address,, to your address book or preferred sender list