Technical Analysis Stock Market Report

September 19, 2015

The good news:  The secondaries continued to outperform the blue chips. 

The negatives:  The market has been following the average seasonal pattern quite closely and that pattern has been down for the next 2 weeks.

The first chart shows the S&P 500 (SPX) in red and a 40% trend (4 day EMA) of NYSE new highs divided by new highs + new lows (NY HL Ratio), in blue.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.  Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels for the indicator, the line is solid at the 50%, neutral level.

Since the late August low, new lows have declined sharply, however, the indicator has remained in negative territory because there has not been a significant expansion of new highs.

The next chart covers the past 6 months showing the SPX in red and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NYSE new highs (NY NH), in green.

NY NH turned up slightly near the end of last week for the first time in over a month.  The value of the indicator is 25 so it will take more than 25 new highs to move the indicator upward.

The next chart is similar to the first one except it shows the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and OTC HL Ratio, in red has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC HL Ratio poked above the neutral line last Thursday before falling back to finish the week slightly below it.

The next chart is similar to the second one except is shows the OTC in blue and OTC NH, in green, has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC NH has been showing signs of life this past week, but from a very low level.  You can see how the indicator moved sharply upward during rallies prior to about 3 months ago.

The positives

Back in the day, before the government took a strong interest in the equities market and few of the issues traded on the NYSE were fixed income related, a hard bottom occurred when there were more than 400 new lows.  The significance of that definition was that a hard bottom was always followed by a retest.  On August 24 there were 1336 new lows on the NYSE and 772 on the NASDAQ.  These numbers and the seasonal pattern suggest a retest of the August 24 lows next month.

Money supply (M3)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

Money supply growth has been declining.


So far the market has been following the average seasonal pattern for September during the 3rd year of the Presidential Cycle and that cycle suggests weakness for the rest of the month.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday September 25 than they were on Friday September 18.

Last week the blue chips were down slightly and the secondaries were up slightly…so I am calling last week’s negative forecast a tie.


Disclaimer:  Charts and figures presented herein are believed to be reliable but I cannot attest to their accuracy.  Recent (last 10-15 yrs.) data has been supplied by CSI (, FastTrack (, Quotes Plus and the Wall Street Journal (  Historical data is from Barron’s and ISI price books.  The views expressed dare provided for information purposes only and should not be construed in any way as investment advice.  Furthermore, the opinions expressed may change without notice.

Mike Burk began developing equity trading systems in the early 1980's.  Through the 1990's he marketed an equity trading system called MIRAT based on breadth indicators, but, primarily new lows.  In the early days of this century he developed the seasonal trading strategies currently used by Alpha Investment Management of Cincinnati.  Mr. Burk has been writing equity market newsletters since the early 1990's.  During the past 10 years the letter observes both breadth and seasonal strategies.
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