Technically Strong, Fundamentally Convalescent and Politically (#%)^!
Still fishing. We're waiting for a regular buy signal from the Summary Index and the results of the election.
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The head and shoulders sell signal completed two weeks ago, was canceled Thursday when the S&P 500 moved above its right shoulder.
With Regard to the stock market, the president's recovery pleased his supporters and even those politically neutral (in that Biden has promised to cancel the Trump tax cuts if elected). However, the uncertainty of the election, and the turmoil likely to ensue, regardless of who wins, still lies ahead.
The Dow Transportation & Industrial Averages finished T++I+, an arrangement that has been followed by a rally the next day 55% of the time. The NASDAQ & S&P 500 Indexes finished N++S+. This arrangement has a success ratio of 53% -- the average for all NS arrangements.
Since we introduced
this indicator four years ago, the difference between NASDAQ/S&P
arrangements has reverted to the mean. The S&P has rallied the next
day 53% of the time since the beginning, but the differences between
the six different arrangements have narrowed to plus or minus 3%. The
Dow averages average 52%, but their differences are plus or minus 7%.
In general, as
you can see below, combinations have retained considerable significance
in spite of the N&S reversion to the mean. The
lowest probability for a rally the next day is 18% for the combination
N-S-- & T+I++. The highest probability for a rally is 79% for the
combination N+S++ / T+I-.
The most reliable combinations are those in bold type. The very best performers are colored green, while the very worst are in pink. The tables are updated each week so we can follow the results going forward. Additional explanatory material is posted here, here and here.
General Market Comment
At the same time, a Dow Theory buy signal is now in sight if the new transport high is confirmed by an advance by the Dow Industrial Average of 965 points.
The NASDAQ made a similar breakout seven weeks ago and confirmed it last week.
The S&P 500 will follow suit if it advances 53 points to 3530 and closes there on a Friday. However, the Dow must advance 2000 points and close above 30500 to join the others.
The Smart Put/Call Indicator (SPCR) 20-day sell signal on September 8, ended with a 0.87% loss Tuesday. Another 20-day sell signal followed the next day.
The indicator remains our best performing sell signal indicator. It has a 60% success rate, with an average win nearly twice as large as its average loss -- 4.24% to 2.24%.
The longer term, CBOE Put/Call ratio, gave a sell signal on September 4 when it started to move up from a low. Its rise is slowing down and it will end its sell signal in a few days, when it turns lower.
The MACD indicator gave a buy signal on October 1 and continues to move higher. The S&P 500 is ahead by a bit more than 2% since then.
The number of S&P 500 stocks with positive MACDs has swung from 59 to a surprising 459 in two weeks. It broke the downtrend line and moved above two recent highs after doing so.
The recent MACD 20-day buy signal has a record of 31 wins against 13 losses. Unfortunately, the losses have been nearly twice the size of the wins. However, the September 21, 20-day buy signal is ahead by 5.9%, nearly twice its average win.
There weren't many economic reports released last week, but two were notably positive. To skip to the technical indicators, please click here.
Wholesale sales recovered from a low of -11% year-over-year, two months ago, to within 2% of their pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, inventories are down 6%, which suggests that manufacturers must increase production in the months ahead. This should help the ISM Manufacturing Index continue its very sharp recovery.
Alongside the ISM Manufacturing Index, the ISM Services Survey (formerly Non-Manufacturing Index) is still humming along at 57.8%, well above the 50% level where it first reflects expansion.
When the market rose last week, the VIX Index fell as expected. However, it probably fell more than it should have, considering the lack of stability and the oncoming election. It is now 13% oversold, more so that at anytime since July.
The VIX Volatility Oscillator is now totally neutral, right in the center of its range. However, it fell so sharply Thursday that it is likely to continue to move in the direction of the red dashed line where it will give a sell signal on the S&P 500.
The three Short Trend Indicators (STI) continue to be neutral, but their Swing Indicators (SWI) are within a week of turning positive and producing combined buy signals if the market continues to move higher.
The Summary Index (SI) finally broke out of its narrow range between 5.35 and 6.6, in which it has spent the last month. It finished the week at 11.95 and will reach its sell signal trigger at 17.00 by the end of the week if the rally continues.
The number of positive SI indicators reached 18 on Thursday. If they reach 19, a Quick Summary Index sell signal will become possible when they settle back to 16 or less. There were 4 negative, 9 neutral and 16 positive indicators at the end of the week.
The S&P 500 200-day moving average (green line in the chart above) gained 5.24 points last week to 3117.02. The 50-day moving average (blue line in the chart above) gained 18.70 points to 3380.30.
The 50-day average managed to pick up another 13 points over the 200-day average. It is now above it by 8.47%, an 8-year high, and an all-time high in points at 263.78.
The Trend Indicator (TI) (pink line below) closed the week at 12.31 where it was two weeks ago. It regained the 0.20 points lost a week ago and will remain in its Uptrend state unless it falls below 10.75.
The S&P 500 14-day Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) remains neutral in spite of a strong rally to 67.9%. It will remain at this level for the week if the S&P steady.
The S&P 500 Price/Volume Chart moved in the bullish direction from the lower left to the upper right, but it failed to complete a buy loop because volume was 20% lighter than what was needed to penetrate the original downtrend line.
The Average Signature recovered to 945 last week. This is the second highest the indicator has ever been since 2005, when I first constructed it. The highest high was 952 on June 9, the day the first leg of the rally from the market bottom ended in a 5 week breather.
All three charts are now positive, but they are vulnerable to a pullback, as they were back in June. A sell signal will result when the indicator falls below 500.
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