Technical Stock Market Report

June 13, 2015

The good news is:  NASDAQ breadth indicators have been stronger than NYSE breadth indicators.

The negatives:  The market, measured by the blue chip indices and NYSE breadth indicators, had another rough week.  The new low list was heavily populated with fixed income and natural resource issues.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the S&P500 (SPX) in red and a 10% trend (19 day EMA) of NYSE new highs (NY NH), in green.  Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

NY NH remained near its low of the past 6 months. 

The next chart 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 50%, neutral level.

NY HL Ratio remained in negative territory last week.

The positivesThe secondaries have continued to outperform the blue chips and NASDAQ breadth data has continued to outperform NYSE breadth data.  If this pattern continues, market direction should resolve itself to the upside.

The chart below is similar to the 1st chart except it shows the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and OTC NH has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC NH continued to rise in spite of the OTC declining slightly for the week.

The next chart is similar to the 2nd chart above except it shows the OTC in blue and OTC HL Ratio, in red, has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

The dichotomy in breadth data continued with clearly visible differences between NASDAQ and NYSE breadth data. 

OTC HL Ratio rose to a comfortable 75% while NY HL Ratio remained in negative territory.

Money supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth resumed its deterioration last week.


The breadth indicators have been mixed, NASDAQ breadth indicators have been strong and the NYSE breadth indicators have been weak.  Seasonality has been very strong for the coming week.

I expect the major averages to be higher on Friday June 19 than they were on Friday June 12.

Last week the secondaries were up and the blue chips were down so I am calling last weeks negative forecast a tie.


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 

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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