Technical Stock Market Report

February 7, 2015

The good news is: New lows declined to non threatening levels last week.

The negatives:  The market has been volatile for the past 2 months.  One week up and the next down.  Which ever way it breaks should set the trend for a while.  The Fed, for the time being, has abandoned its aggressively accommodative position.

The first chart covers the past 6 months showing the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NASDAQ new highs (OTC NH) in green.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

The index is only 1.3% off its multi year high while OTC NH has been in a down trend for the past month.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it covers the past year.

OTC NH has been declining for the past year.  The implication is leadership has been narrowing.

The positivesNew lows, which had been at threatening levels a week ago, declined sharply last week.  Seasonally (until July) this is the strongest period of the 4 year Presidential Cycle. 

The chart below 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 rose above the neutral line last week reaching its highest level in a month.

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

NY HL Ratio is at a very strong 88%.

Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth has gotten back on trend without QE.


The market got off to a rough start in January.  Measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the SPX it was the worst January in the 3rd year of the Presidential Cycle since 1939.  Measured by the OTC and Russell 2000 the worst ever 3rd year of the Presidential Cycle.  Considering all years it is a different story.  This past January was stronger than January a year ago.

If the recent volatility continues, next week will be down. However the big decline in new lows last week makes me optimistic.

I expect the major averages to be higher on Friday February 13 than they were on Friday February 6.

Last week’s 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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