Technical Stock Market Report

June 11, 2016

The Good News is:  The OEX (aka S&P 100, an index of 100 blue chip issues) closed at an all-time high last Wednesday.

The Negatives:  The market had a great week through Wednesday’s close. After that it deteriorated spectacularly.  NYSE new highs fell from 275 on Wednesday to 152 on Friday, while new lows rose from 5 on Wednesday to 26 on Friday.  The NASDAQ has been consistently weaker than the NYSE -- and that pattern continued.  NASDAQ new highs declined from 133 on Wednesday to 46 on Frida, while new lows increased from 28 to 53 (new lows outnumbered new highs on Friday).

The number of new lows on Friday was not threatening, but the sharpness of the reversal was.

The positivesThe search for yield continues to drive the NYSE breadth numbers.

The first chart covers the past 6 months showing the S&P500 (SPX) in red and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NYSE new highs in green.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

NY NH hit its highest level in over a year on Wednesday.

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

OTC NH also had a good week through Wednesday.

The next chart shows the OTC in blue and a 40% trend (4 day EMA) of NASDAQ new highs divided by new highs + new lows (OTC HL Ratio), in red.  Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels for the indicator, the line is solid at the 50%, neutral level.

OTC HL Ratio dropped sharply on Thursday and Friday, but finished the week at a comfortable 65%.

The chart below is similar to the one above except it shows the SPX in red and NY HL Ratio, in blue, has been calculated from NYSE data.

NY HL Ratio declined slightly finishing the week at an extremely strong 92%.


The breadth indicators deteriorated sharply on Thursday and Friday.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday June 17 than they were on Friday June 10.

Last week the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up slightly, while the other major indices were down slightly. Therefore, I am calling last week’s positive 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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