Technical Stock Market Report

July 4, 2015

The good news is: The market is very oversold and due for a bounce. 

The negatives: The market appears to have run out of time. 

Historically the first 6 months (lasting until mid July) in the 3rd year of the Presidential Cycle are the strongest of the entire 4 year cycle.  This year all of the major indices were up less than half of their average gains for the period and most of them were down in 3 of the 6 months.

Over the past year and a half, with interest rates at 0, there has been very little selling i.e. downside volume and new lows have been minimal.  That changed last week when, in spite of a holiday (usually a positive), downside volume soared and new lows held at threatening levels all week.

Seasonally the period from mid July through the 1st week of August has been weak so the next month has little to recommend it.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the S&P 500 (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 vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.  Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels for the indicator, the line is solid at the 50%, neutral level.

NY HL Ratio finished the week at a very weak 27% and over the past 3 months has established a pattern of lower highs and lower lows.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it shows the NASDAQ composite (OTC) in blue and OTC HL Ratio has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC HL Ratio fell into negative territory as new lows exceeded new highs every day last week.

The next chart covers the past year showing the 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).

Moving sharply downward, this is the scariest chart of all. 

The next chart is similar to the one above except it shows the OTC in blue and OTC NL has been calculated from NASDAQ data.

OTC NL has been holding up much better than NY NL, but it dropped to its lowest point in several months.

The market is running out of Aces.

The positivesSeasonality for the coming week is positive.  Short term breadth indicators and prices are oversold so a bounce is likely.

Money supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

M2 growth had a bump last week.


The market is oversold and due for a bounce, but the breadth indicators have all gone south.  Risk is high.

I expect the major averages to be higher on Friday July 10 than they were on Thursday July 2.

Last week’s positive 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.

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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