Technical Stock Market Report

December 3, 2016

The good news is:  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit an all-time high last week.

The Negatives:  The DJIA hit an all-time high Thursday that was unconfirmed by all of the more broadly based indices and the AD lines. Also another Hindenburg Omen was triggered Thursday. These are all precursors to cyclic market tops, however they are not predictive.

Advance Decline lines (ADL) are running totals of declining issues subtracted from advancing issues. There properties vary and change. About 50% of the issues traded on the NYSE are fixed income related. If interest rates are stable, fixed income issues gain in value daily until the dividend is paid and on that day they drop in value by the amount of the dividend. AD lines of fixed income issues have a wildly positive bias.

The first chart covers the past 6 months showing the S&P 500 (SPX) in red and the NYSE ADL in blue. Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

The NYSE ADL hit an all-time high in September then failed to confirm the all-time high for the SPX a week ago.

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

The pattern is similar to the chart above. The high in September was confirmed while the recent index high, a week ago, was not confirmed.

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

The peak in NY NH occurred in July and it failed to confirm the recent SPX high. The turmoil in fixed income issues is probably responsible.

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

OTC NH hit a multi-year high a few days ago. This is a positive.

The Positives:  The next chart 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 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.

OTC HL Ratio declined to 75%.

The next chart is similar to the first one except it shows the SPX in red and NY HL Ratio, in blue, has been calculated from NYSE data.

NY HL Ratio fell to 68%.

Both OTC HL Ratio and NYSE HL Ratio declined last week, however new highs outnumbered new lows every day.

Conclusion

A rapid rise of the major indices to new highs unconfirmed by the breadth indicators has been a frequent occurrence at a cyclic market tops. The problem with that scenario is, until a week ago, the secondaries led the charge upward. Seasonal weakness for the next two weeks should give the market a chance to consolidate.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday December 9 than they were on Friday December 2.

Last week the DJIA was up while the rest of the major indices were down so I am calling last week’s positive forecast a tie.

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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