Technical Stock Market Report

June 7, 2014

The good news is:   The market had a good week, the S&P 500 (SPX), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P mid cap (MID) all closed at all time highs last Friday.  For the week, the secondaries were stronger than the blue chips.

The negatives:  The market is overbought, the major indices have been going straight up for the past 3 weeks on anemic volume.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the SPX in red and a 5% trend (39 day EMA) of NYSE upside volume (NY UV), in green. Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

NY UV shot up when the market rallied at the end of January, but has remained subdued during this recent rally.  This rally has been driven by a lack of sellers rather than exuberant buyers.


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

OTC UV has been a little weaker than NY UV.


The next chart covers the past 6 months showing the OTC in blue and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NASDAQ new highs (OTC NH) in green.

This chart can be read as either a positive or negative.  On the plus side OTC NH has been rising steadily for the past 2 weeks on the negative side, it is only slightly off its low of the past 2 years while the OTC is less than 1% off its multi year high.

The positivesThe chart below covers the past 6 months showing 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 neutral 50% level.

NY HL Ratio rose to a very strong 94%.


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

OTC HL Ratio, at 73% is well above its neutral line.


The next chart shows the SPX in red and a 10% trend of NYSE new highs (NY NH) in green.

NY NH has broken out of its long running down trend in the past 2 weeks.

Money Supply (M2)

The Money supply chart has been provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 has growth declined a little last week.



The market looks like it bottomed in late May, but, that bottom coincided with the seasonal end of month / beginning of month rally that was quite a bit stronger than usual.  Seasonally next week has been very weak.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday June 13 than they were on Friday June 6.

Last week’s negative forecast was a miss.


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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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