Last week I blew the whistle stating that we could see a reversal signal in the NYSE Reversal Indicator this week. And that is exactly what happened. Every time this has happened this year, we have seen a decent amount of selling enter into the markets. Sometimes lasting as much as seven weeks before the bulls finally gained some traction. I lightened my load up quite a bit by covering my short position in the S&P Ultra Short (SDS) at yesterday’s close. I also tightened my stop-losses in AAPL and DTV, and will not hesitate to take profits in all my long positions next week if the reversal does indeed happen. Just remember, that this week was the first time in seven weeks that the S&P finished the week in the negative which also coincides with the reversal signal.

Be prepared, and don’t let your winning stocks turn into a bunch of losers – tighten the stops!

For those of you who are not familiar with this chart, here’s quick tutorial…

The Indicator uses the advance/decline ratio with a stochastics overlay. The bottom half of the chart is the weekly candles of the S&P. The chart itself goes back two years. Some folks have criticized me for posting this chart in the past saying that it isn’t 100% accurate – but if it was, as some think it must be, then I wouldn’t be posting it – I’d save it all for myself and make an ungodly sum of money off of it. But it isn’t perfect and there is always a level of error that you can expect from it. But overall, it is fairly accurate, and when the indicator hits certain extremes on the stochastics, it is often a good time to start hedging positions that are going against the direction of the indicators, or start loading up on short or long positions in-line with the direction that the indicator itself is pointing to.

Remember, the extremes are where you are wanting to pay the closest attention to, particularly where the %K & %D lines cross (i.e the red and green lines). This is typically where we begin to see changes in the behavior of the market – not always but quite often enough, to warrant our attention. What this tool is best for, in terms of what I use it for, is market timing and position building. When there is a crossover at one of the extremes that goes against the positions in my portfolio, I, often times, look to take profits in those positions or at least hedge against them

Here is the NYSE Reversal Indicator.