Technical Stock Market Report

September 5, 2015

The good news is:  Hard to find.

The negatives:  Over the past 2 weeks new lows have practically disappeared.  This usually indicates a bottom for prices, but that appears not to be the case this time.  There are precedents and I will show you how the indicators worked in 2008 – 2009.  Not that I expect a 2008 - 2009 like bear market, but we may be in for a worse than average correction.

The first chart shows the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NASDAQ new highs (OTC NH), in green.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

OTC NH has continued falling despite prices moving upwards.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it covers the period from April 2008 – April 2009.

There was a false start at the end of 2008 (the dotted red vertical line), but the rally did not really get going until new highs began increasing steadily.

The next chart is similar to the first one except it shows the S&P 500 (SPX) in red and NY NH has been calculated from NYSE data.

No new highs here.

Here is how it worked in 2008 – 2009.  Like the current period, indicators on the NYSE were weaker than those on the NASDAQ.

The next chart shows the 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 horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels for the indicator, the line is solid at the 50%, neutral level.

This indicator and the one derived from NASDAQ data will be those to watch.  It will remain below the neutral line as long as there have been more new lows than new highs.

Prices have risen over the past 2 weeks, but this indicator has been unresponsive.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it covers the 2008-2009 period.

NY HL Ratio did as good a job as anything at defining the 2008 – 2009 bear market.

The next chart is similar to those immediately above except is shows the OTC in blue and OTC HL Ratio has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC HL Ratio has been stronger than NY HL Ratio, but it has remained in negative territory for nearly 2 months.

Here is how the indicator worked in the 2008 – 2009 period.

The positives

My best bottom indicator is derived from new lows and it is not working properly.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the SPX in red and a 10% trend of NYSE new lows (NY NL), in blue.  NY NL has been plotted on an inverted Y axis so decreasing new lows move the indicator upward (up is good).

NY NL began moving sharply upward nearly 2 weeks ago, but prices have been faltering.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it covers the past year.

You can see how NY NL has been a good indicator of short term bottoms.

The next chart is similar to first one in this group except it shows the OTC in blue and OTC NL has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC NL has also been moving sharply upward while prices have been faltering.

Money Supply (M3)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

Money supply has been growing rapidly over the past 2 weeks.


The markets lack of responsiveness to the sharp decrease in new lows leads me to think we may be in for a real bear market not a short term correction.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday September 11 than they were on Friday September 4.


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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