February 3, 2020 7:52am

Many will be buying the dips although soon to appear, Q4 results will drain risk appetites

Pre-open indications: expect the sector to get a lift from being oversold (BUYs - 7)

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Dow future are UP +0.43% (+121 points), S&P futures are UP +0.50% (+16 points) and NASDAQ futures are UP +0.57% (+51 points)


U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday as the oversold were glaring and many economic indicators are set to shrug off fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus;

European markets were flat as investors experienced the first trading day of Brexit, coronavirus concerns as the pan-European Stoxx 600 hovered around the flatline in early trading;

Asia Pacific markets were impacted as Chinese stocks plunged 7% amid virus fears on first trading day after Lunar New Year holiday. Also, a private survey showed China’s manufacturing activity expanding in January, with the Markit/Caixin manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for January coming in at 51.1 for the month.


Data Docket: The final Markit Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) reading for January is due at 9:45 a.m. ET, before a range of January ISM manufacturing figures at 10:00 a.m. ET.



So, what’s up for February of Q1/2020 … a reset of expectation … to the UPSIDE.

  • The Dow had its worst day since August;
  • The S&P 500 had its worst day since October;
  •  The Nasdaq posted a +2% gain in January;
  • The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered to be the best fear gauge in the market, rose to just around 19 this month from 13.78, a gain of more than 37%;
  • Last week the IBB fell -3.07% while the XBI fell -1.62% in five (5) sessions;
  • We also had four (4) negative and one (1) barely positive (by 1) closes in the week;
  • Percentages of the upside versus the downside was at is lowest with only one (1) serious high all week;
  • Volumes were all marginalized as compared to the three (3) month averages;
  • As January registered 10 positive, 9 negative closes and 2 holidays.

On a tactical basis, it means keep watching for signs of the oversold bounding to life, preparing for quarterly pre-earning’s selling, being aware of alternating volume levels and to … indulge in BUYING.

Given that a perfectly routine decline, what usually follows is a rally however, as 5% would annunciate the oversold uptrend… so, we could get back to being overbought – blame electronic trading not me for being and messenger of woe.

I especially follow, Canaccord Genuity strategist Tony Dwyer, who turned neutral on stocks from a bullish stance Jan. 20, is now waiting for technical indicators to reach extreme oversold readings before dialing up equity exposure again <CNBC>.


Again, I say “watch your corners”.


Friday night’s post’s title: “cavernous cell and gene therapy sector trends. My 35 company coverage list closed negative with an Advance/Decline (A/D) line of 5/29 and 1 flat after Thursday’s negative A/D line of 4/31 with 0 flat of 35 covered.”

  • The NASDAQ closed DOWN -148.00 points (-1.59%);
  • The IBB closed down -1.73% and XBI closed down -1.26%;
  • The range of the 5 upside was +1.24% (BCLI) to +24.44% (ADRO) while the 29 downside ranged from -0.18% (VYGR) to -8.27% (BLCM); 
  • 2 out of the 5 upside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
  • 5 out of the 29 downside had higher than the 3-month average volume;



February, the first session

January registered 10 positive, 9 negative closes and 2 holidays.


  • December register 11 negative and 10 positive closes
  • November registered 1 holiday, 12 positive and 8 negative close;
  • October registered 10 positive, 1 neutral and 14 negative closes;


Companies in my headlights – It’s your decision; I provide an idea and context:

Pre-open indications:  Many BUYS – PSTI, RGNX, MESO, VCEL, CRSP, GBT and BLUE



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