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In focus: Buy signals in place

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The stock market finally responded to a broad set of positive technical indicators and has broken out to the upside. The individual pieces began to fall into place last week, with the last piece (VIX closing below 21) occurring this past Monday. This should pave the way for a strong intermediate-term rally.

Video of McMillan discussing buy signals on CNBC's Fast Money

Below is the video of Larry McMillan discussing the "recent strong buy signals in the market" on Tuesday's episode of CNBC's Fast Money.

McMillan "Wall Street Subscriptions" Interview

Larry McMillan was recently interviewed by Wall Street Journal's Wall Street Subscriptions website. Read the interview below:

Strong buy signals are in place

By Lawrence G. McMillan

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (MarketWatch) — The stock market has an extremely impressive set of buy signals going for it. If the bulls can’t capitalize on this, it’s not clear if they ever will.

Sentiment Extremes Abound

By Lawrence G. McMillan

At the current time, there are arguably more extreme sentiment readings in the “macro” markets than at any time in recent memory.  Macro markets, as defined by economist Robert Shiller in a 1993 paper, are large international markets trading in the form of futures contracts.  In a more modern sense, these may also be trading in the form of ETFs.  These would include currencies, stock market indices, and most major futures contracts, such as Crude Oil, Gold, and so forth.

Weekly Commentary 6/15/2012

By Lawrence G. McMillan

he technical picture continues to improve -- especially in the area of put-call ratios.  However, $VIX is still elevated and $SPX is still trapped in a trading range.  We need to see improvement in those areas before intermediate-term buy signals can emerge.  $SPX is trapped in a trading range, with resistance at 1330-1340 and support at 1305.

Equity-only put-call ratios have now confirmed their buy signals.

In focus: Can’t get traction

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The stock market has virtually alternated strong up and down days of late, without much net change. This has created a trading range, within which we’ve seen a good deal of improvement from several of our technical indicators. Even so, the market must confirm these indicators’ buy signals with an upside breakout. Failure to do so would essentially negate those signals.

Weekly Commentary 6/8/2012

By Lawrence G. McMillan

After some relatively heavy, but orderly, selling in the past few weeks, oversold conditions finally reached levels that spawned a sharp oversold rally.   But oversold rallies, while often unexpectedly strong, are generally short-lived affairs.  There is certainly a good chance that this is the case again this time.

$SPX was able to rally to its declining 20-day moving average. There is further resistance at 1340.      

In focus: Another Oversold rally

By Lawrence G. McMillan

After some relatively heavy, but orderly, selling in the past few weeks, oversold conditions finally reached levels that spawned today’s sharp oversold rally. But oversold rallies, while often unexpectedly strong, are generally short-lived affairs.

Is that going to be the case again this time, or is the bottom in place? It’s too early to answer that question, but we’ll lay out the criteria as we see them.

Volatility: U.S. vs. "The World"

By Lawrence G. McMillan

These days, there are more and more volatility indices and futures than ever.  One can observe the same sorts of things about them that we do with $VIX futures – in particular, the futures premium and the term structure.  We thought it would be an interesting exercise to see how these other markets’ futures constructs compare to that of $VIX.  The $VIX construct, for a long time (see chart, page 12) has been that of large futures premiums and a steep upward slope to the term structure.

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