Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Are You Ready for a Pullback? (by Andy Crowder)

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It was an amazing day in the market if you are a bear. Not because the decline was anything to write home about, but because the latest daily trend was broken.

The trend – open lower, close higher.

Today’s price action  - open higher, close lower.

Of course, we will need some bearish confirmation over the next several trading days, but I think with the current amount of lopsided bearish indicators in the market the probability of a continued mover is high.

Almost every indicator I follow is now in a bearish state and there are more notable bearish stats from sentiment analyst Jason Goepfert to add to the list


1250 in the Cards for S&P 500 Index?

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Possible scenario for the S&P 500 Index…it drops and holds below the Weekly consolidation level of 1340ish, as shown on the chart below, down to a Fibonacci and price confluence level of 1260/50 to form a potential right shoulder of an IH&S pattern or the handle of a cup & handle pattern before resuming its upward trek.

Probable scenario? Time will tell…

Survivorship Bias (by Consistently Incredulous)

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I tripped across a Standard & Poors announcement last week that CBOE Holdings (CBOE) will replace Temple-Inland (formerly TIN) in the S&P MidCap 400 index as International Paper (IP) (S&P 500) completed its acquisition of Temple-Inland on February 13th.  This reminded me of a good Seeking Alpha post I read last year about Survivorship Bias in Index Performance.

I highly recommend the full post; but in a nutshell, survivorship bias in the indices:

“Specifically, in the process of rebalancing (selecting and or deselecting stocks) the indices it is the tendency for failed companies to be excluded from indices because they 1. No longer exist, 2. Their market capitalization has fallen or 3. Their industry is in decline (which likely caused the first two reasons); this is considered Type 1, survivor bias. Inherent in this type of bias is the error you make in just counting the survivors.”