Technical Stock Market Report

October 11, 2014

The good news is:  This period of weakness should end soon.

The negatives:   Several years ago a reporter asked a Fed governor (I think it might have been Donald Kohn) if he thought QE had been successful.  The Fed governor replied that it (QE) had been successful because the dollar was down and the stock market up.  This statement was revealing because it was an explicit admission that, among QE objectives, were manipulation of the equity and forex markets.

The chart below, using FastTrack data, covers the past year showing the S&P500 in red and the dollar index in green plotted on log scales.  Correlation over the previous 21 trading days is shown in black.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.  Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 25% increments of the correlation indicator.

The Fed has been tapering QE since last spring and the effect is becoming noticeable, the dollar is up and the stock market is down.  I wonder when they will panic and announce the next round of QE.

Last week new lows remained at threatening levels every day and finished the week at the highest levels seen since March of 2009.

It will be easy to tell when this decline is over because new lows will disappear…and by that I mean decline to less than 40 on the NYSE and less than 70 on the NASDAQ for at least 5 consecutive days.

The chart below covers the past year showing the S&P 500 (SPX) in red and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) 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 continued its sharp decline last week.


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

The pattern of OTC NL is similar to NY NL.


At this point new lows are all that matter.

The positives

It has been many years since the Fed has allowed a bear market to play itself out.  I expect Fed intervention in the form of another round of QE before this one plays itself out.

Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth fell sharply last week.



  • There is no bottom in sight.
  • New lows are at their highest levels in nearly 6 years and climbing.
  • Without Fed intervention we are likely to see a real bear market, the first one in over a decade.
  • I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday October 17 than they were on Friday October 10.
  • Last week’s positive forecast was a miss.


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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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