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WEEKLY RESEARCH: Weekly Insider Data and Commentary files were last updated on Sunday, August 12th 2018, with data as of the Friday, August 10th SEC closeout. Please review your Commentary File for particulars. The Insider portion of the Workbook section of the Website was populated with new weekly data and e-mail versions were distributed as well. (Data for all companies, and broad strategy commentary highlights) The Insider Commentary file of the past weekend includes an updated, thumbnail Strategic view of the Markets from the top-down perspective of all models. MPT Top Down View remains Bearish at ("-2").  On a price performance basis, at the ETF Sector level, Technology, and Cyclicals did best.  Consumer Staples, and Materials under-performed.  Weakness in Finance and Construction on the Insider Model. The Markets cannot be viewed as a singular snapshot, but are instead a dynamic, moving picture. Employing MPT research to follow and anticipate the most probable trend features and changes is an important aspect of the research.

MONTHLY RESEARCH: The August, 2018 edition of Market Profile Theorems was run based on the data close-out of Friday, July 27th, 2018. Your specific monthly data files were pushed to you on Sunday, July 29th, 2018.  WEB site data (Workbook section) were available Monday morning at 7:00, and included refreshed Probability Plots, Screening features, and Files located in the monthly File Download section of the Web-site. The Strategy notebook should have arrived on Friday, August 2nd. If you did not receive your files, or the notebook by the dates indicated, please contact us.  Reach us by e-mail or call 206-890-6789 if you wish to schedule a conference call in August.

GENERAL COMMENTARY: The August asset allocation projection carries a Large-Capitalization preference, and favors Value.  MPT bottom-up model performance, relative to the S&P 500, was poor over the July period.  However for 2018 to-date, all but 1, screen beat the S&P performance.  The aggregate top-down model remains Bearish "-2" this week.  The Technical model remains Bearish at "-3".  We are on a Technical Correction Alert of -5 to -7%.  The trend of the Top-down Earnings Model (+6.01) continues to improve, and remains Neutral in Trend at the moment.  In a positive vein, GDPNOW Q3, 2018 estimate is 4.3%, and the first Commerce Department Q2 estimate came in at a strong 4.1% last week.  Yields were lower, with spreads falling to 26 bp (2 to 10 year).  Odds remain high, that the prior lower bound of the spread (35bps) is now strong resistance.  We anticipate higher rates ahead for 2018.  While some P/E compression has taken place in 2018, high valuations continue present for equities.  See the weekly Insider Commentaries, and the monthly Strategist, (Green Book) for further details and interpretation.  The Dollar (96.22) was again higher.   Gold continues to stabilize around 1220. It is very oversold. The coming week should bring a rebound in prices.  It is a long-term buy, but our year-end target remains reduced to $1410 (down from 1550.)  Inflationary Forces Continue to Gain Strength, with CPI at 2.95%, and PPI at 3.3%.

The Market Cycle, in terms of MPT's "Market Clock," remains at 11:00.

Top-Down Look Back: Equity selection for '18 has this far been very good, with all but 2 MPT Model Screens outperforming the S&P 500.  A longer, 78 month, look-back confirms bottom-up performance, with all but 1 of the 8 screens outperforming the S&P 500 over that period.

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