US Stock Markets – Track the Price One Page at a Time to Understand the Whole Story

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So is the market, because every day is like reading another page. The pages of a book form chapters. These chapters of trading represent bull markets, bear markets, distribution and accumulation, and periods of high and low volatility.

Unfortunately, in trading, we can’t jump to the back of the book to find out how everything is going. However, as traders, we have learned that studying and remembering the past can pay off big.

Price trading in its rawest form is simply plotting and studying price without using moving averages, stochastics, RSI or other technical indicators. This simplified but often overlooked methodology can offer everything a trader needs to succeed.

NASDAQ 100 Lower Lows and Lower High

QQQ – The Nasdaq 100 ETF made lower lows and lower highs. A longer term analysis of the price shows us that the 2022 low is lower than the lowest price QQQ had traded in 2021. QQQ in 2021 had a peak to trough range of 26.03%. So far in 2022, the QQQ has seen a peak-to-trough range of 28.71%.

Therefore: the price shows that QQQ is collapsing and volatility is increasing as it is higher than last year.

QQQ • ETF INVESCO QQQ TRUST • NASDAQ • 4 HOURS

S&P 500 Lower Lows and Lower Highs

SPY – The S&P 500 ETF made lower lows and lower highs. The SPY in 2022 had a peak to trough range of 18.74%.

Therefore: the price shows us that SPY is collapsing and it seems to have reached a major high, the confirmation being a new low.

SPY • SPDR S&P 500 ETR TRUST • ARCA • 4 HOURS

DOW 30 Lower Lows and Lower Highs

DIA – The Dow Jones Industrials 30 ETF made lower lows and lower highs. The DIA in 2022 had a peak-to-trough range of 15.02%.

Therefore: the price shows us that DIA is breaking down and seems to have reached a major high, the confirmation being a new low.

Note: The DIA is doing better than the QQQ or SPY as money flows are turning away from previously high performing stocks and seeking safety in underperforming blue chip stocks.

DIA • ETF SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE • ARCA • 4 HOURS

US Dollar Highs and Lows

UUP – The US Dollar ETF made higher highs and lower lows. The UUP in 2022 had a peak-to-trough range of 10.43%. UUP also reached its highest peak in 2021.

Therefore: the price shows us that the UUP has broken out higher and is in a bull market, with the confirmation being a new high.

According to the 2019 Triennial Survey of Central Banks conducted every three years by the Bank for International Settlements: trade in foreign exchange markets reached $6.6 trillion per day in April 2019. The BIS report has in further noted that the USD is associated with 88% of all transactions, which is over $5.8 trillion in daily USD transaction volume.

The US dollar continues to attract capital from investors around the world. But it may turn out to be a double-edged sword for US equities. As capital flows into the USD, this, in turn, hurts US multinational corporations as they have to convert their meager foreign currency earnings back into USD.

The safe haven trade in USD could eventually trigger a massive, deep sell off in US equities. As the US dollar continues to strengthen, corporate profits of US multinationals will decline or disappear.

UUP • INVESCO DB USD INDEX BULLISH FUND ETF • ARCA • 4 HOURS

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