By Nigam Arora & Dr. Natasha Arora

To gain an edge, this is what you need to know today.

Strong Jobs Report

Please click here for a chart of S&P 500 ETF (SPY) which represents the benchmark stock market index S&P 500 (SPX).

Note the following:

  • Cross currents in the stock market are increasing.  Investors may need to handle increasing volatility due to cross currents.  The best way to handle increasing volatility is to follow the protection band.
  • Hedges are being raised.  Please see the “Protection Band And What To Do Now” section below as well as a separate post.
  • The chart shows that after hitting the low band of the support zone, the stock market made a new high.  This is technically a bullish pattern.
  • The chart shows yesterday was the lowest volume day in a long time.  This indicates a lack of conviction.  RSI on the chart shows that the stock market can go either way.
  • The chart shows that the stock market is selling off in the early trade on a stronger than expected jobs report.
  • Here are the details of the jobs report:
    • Nonfarm payrolls came at 272K vs. 186K consensus.
    • Nonfarm private payrolls came at 229K vs. 168K consensus.
    • Average hourly earnings came at 0.4% vs. 0.3% consensus.
    • Average work week came at 34.3 hours vs. 34.3 hours consensus.
    • Unemployment rate came at 4.0% vs. 3.9% consensus.
  • In The Arora Report analysis, the jobs report, when taken in totality along with the recent weak data from JOLTS and jobless claims, precludes the Fed from cutting rates at this time if the Fed is truly data dependent.  
  • Momo gurus have been persuading their followers to buy stocks ahead of the jobs report because they claimed they knew the jobs report would be very weak.  Momo gurus are wrong again.  However, momo gurus have some ammunition for a new narrative to persuade their followers to continue to buy stocks.  In The Arora Report analysis, here is the ammunition momo gurus can use:
    • The unemployment rate rose.
    • Household survey data was weaker.
    • Much of the job creation was in government and service industries such as hospitality.
  • Smart money is trimming stocks on the strong jobs report.  Keep in mind that smart money owns very large stock positions.  They just trim into the strength.  In contrast, many in the momo crowd tend to be “all in or all out”.  In The Arora Report analysis, over the long term, the momo crowd’s “all in or all out” strategy does not work well.
  • China has stopped buying gold.  Please see the “Gold” section below.
  • As an actionable item, the sum total of the foregoing is in the protection band, which strikes the optimum balance between various crosscurrents.   Please scroll down to see the protection band. The protection band is one of the large number of unique edges that are available to members of The Arora Report.

Magnificent Seven Money Flows

In the early trade, money flows are positive in Meta (META) and Microsoft (MSFT).

In the early trade, money flows are neutral in Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Alphabet (GOOG).

In the early trade, money flows are negative in Nvidia (NVDA) and Tesla (TSLA).

In the early trade, money flows are negative in S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ).

Momo Crowd And Smart Money In Stocks

The momo crowd is buying stocks in the early trade.  Smart money is selling stocks in the early trade.

Note for new members: Smart money often sells into the strength generated by momo crowd buying and buys into the weakness generated by momo crowd selling.  Over a long period of time, investors come out ahead by adopting smart money’s ways.  The exception is in a raging bull market – for very short term trades, consider following the momo crowd and not smart money.


There have been many reasons for the rise in gold, silver, and metal mining stocks.  A big reason has been incessant buying by China’s central bank. It appears that last month, China’s central bank did not buy gold after massive buying for 18 months.

At this time, it is not known what other central banks that have been buying gold are doing.

The momo crowd is *** (To see the locked content, please take a 30 day free trial)  gold in the early trade.  Smart money is *** gold in the early trade.

For longer-term, please see gold and silver ratings.


The momo crowd is *** oil in the early trade.  Smart money is *** in the early trade.


For longer-term, please see oil ratings.


Bitcoin (BTC.USD) is seeing buying.


Our very, very short-term early stock market indicator is ***.  However, today is a Friday.  Short squeezes tend to occur on Fridays.  If a short squeeze starts, the market will move up, irrespective of the strong jobs report.  This indicator, with a great track record, is popular among long term investors to stay in tune with the market and among short term traders to independently undertake quick trades.

Interest rates are ticking up, and bonds are ticking down.

The dollar is stronger.

Trading futures is not recommended for most investors. The purpose of providing this information is to give an indication of the premarket activity that usually guides the activity when the market opens.

Gold futures are at $2340, silver futures are at $29.93, and oil futures are at $75.52.

S&P 500 futures are trading at 5348 as of this writing.  S&P 500 futures resistance levels are 5400, 5500, and 5622: support levels are  5256, 5210, and 5020.

DJIA futures are down 86 points.

Protection Band And What To Do Now

It is important for investors to look ahead and not in the rearview mirror.

Consider continuing to hold good, very long term, existing positions. Based on individual risk preference, consider holding *** in cash or Treasury bills or allocated to short-term tactical trades; and short to medium-term hedges of ***, and short term hedges of ***. This is a good way to protect yourself and participate in the upside at the same time.

You can determine your protection bands by adding cash to hedges.  The high band of the protection is appropriate for those who are older or conservative. The low band of the protection is appropriate for those who are younger or aggressive.  If you do not hedge, the total cash level should be more than stated above but significantly less than cash plus hedges.

A protection band of 0% would be very bullish and would indicate full investment with 0% in cash.  A protection band of 100% would be very bearish and would indicate a need for aggressive protection with cash and hedges or aggressive short selling.

It is worth reminding that you cannot take advantage of new upcoming opportunities if you are not holding enough cash.  When adjusting hedge levels, consider adjusting partial stop quantities for stock positions (non ETF); consider using wider stops on remaining quantities and also allowing more room for high beta stocks.  High beta stocks are the ones that move more than the market.


Traditional 60/40 Portfolio

Probability based risk reward adjusted for inflation does not favor long duration strategic bond allocation at this time.

Those who want to stick to traditional 60% allocation to stocks and 40% to bonds may consider focusing on only high quality bonds and bonds of seven year duration or less.  Those willing to bring sophistication to their investing may consider using bond ETFs as tactical positions and not strategic positions at this time.

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Nigam Arora

Nigam Arora is known for his accurate stock market calls. Nigam is a distinguished master of the macro. He is a popular columnist with over 100 million page views, an engineer, and nuclear physicist by background. Nigam has founded two Inc. 500 fastest growing companies and has been involved in over 50 entrepreneurial ventures. He is the developer of Theory ZYX of Successful Change Management and is the author of the book on Theory ZYX, as well as the developer of the ZYX Change Method for Investing.

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Dr. Natasha Arora

Dr. Natasha Arora has significant expertise in investment analysis especially biotech, healthcare, and technology. Natasha is a graduate of Harvard Medical School followed by a postdoc at MIT. She has published several peer reviewed research papers in top science journals.

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