Technical Stock Market Report

August 9, 2014

The good news is:  The market rallied a bit last week and the secondaries outperformed the blue chips.

The negatives:  The key sign this period of weakness has ended will be when new lows disappear.  That has not happened yet.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NASDAQ new lows (OTC NL) in red.  OTC NL has been plotted on an inverted Y axis so decreasing new lows move the indicator upward (up is good).  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

OTC NL continued its fall last week.  As of Friday’s close the value of the indicator was 72 so it will take fewer than 72 new lows to turn the indicator upward.  You should look for at least 5 consecutive days of the indicator moving sharply upward before assuming the current period of weakness has ended.

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

NY NL also fell sharply last week.  The value of NY NL is 55 so it will require fewer than 55 new lows to turn this indicator upward.

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

OTC HL Ratio continued its fall last week and is well below the neutral line.

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

NY HL Ratio turned upward last week, but remains below the neutral line.

The positivesThe market is oversold and seasonality for next week is positive.

Money Supply (M2):  The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth leveled off last week.


The market rallied last week, but new lows remained at threatening levels.

There has been no sign of a bottom.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday August 15 than they were on Friday August 8.

Last weeks negative forecast was a miss.

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.

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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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