Technical Stock Market Report

January 17, 2015

The good news is:  In the next week the market will be entering a period of seasonal strength.

The negatives:  The original parameters for Jim Miekka’s Hindenburg Omen were:  The omen was triggered when both NYSE new highs and new lows exceeding 2.6% of issues traded.  Those parameters were met every day last week.

The first chart covers the past 6 months showing  the NASDAQ composite (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 vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.  Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels of the indicator, the line is solid at the neutral 50% level.

OTC HL Ratio fell into negative territory closing the week at 40%.

The positivesIn a bull market we look for expanding numbers of new highs, minimal numbers of new lows and the secondaries stronger than the blue chips.

What we have right now are the secondaries stronger than the blue chips, new highs strong on the NYSE and weak on the NASDAQ and a lot of new lows on both exchanges.

The chart below is from FastTrack (, it covers the past 6 months showing the Russell 2000 in red, the S&P 500 (SPX) in green and a relative strength indicator called Accutrack as a histogram in yellow. 

The secondaries are stronger than the blue chips when Accutrack is above the neutral line which it has been for over a month.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing  the SPX in red and a 40% trend of NYSE new highs divided by new highs + new lows (NY HL Ratio), in blue.

NY HL Ratio has held above the neutral level through the recent decline.

US treasuries finished the week at their lowest yield ever.  About half of the issues traded on the NYSE are fixed income and the NYSE new high list is crowded with fixed income issues.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the SPX in red and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NYSE new highs (NY NH) in green.

This is an odd looking chart.  Last week NY NH rose while the SPX was falling.

Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth fell last week.


The market is oversold and seasonally the period of weakness we have been experiencing should end some time next week.

I expect the major averages to be higher on Friday January 23 than they were on Friday January 16.


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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