Technical Stock Market Report

October 12, 2013

The good news is:  New lows have remained at non-threatening levels.

The negatives:  The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the S&P 500 (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.

The SPX closed just 1.3% off its all-time high while NY NH finished near its low for the year.


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

The OTC closed just 0.7% off its multi-year high while OTC NH is nearer its recent lows.


The next chart represents a clear example of what has been going on.  It shows 3 indicators derived from the component issues of the Guggenheim energy fund along with the fund shown in red.

The general pattern has been, until recently, the indicators track or lead the price of the fund.  As of Friday the fund hit a new multi-year high while the indicators have deteriorated to a level near previous bottoms.


The positives:  New lows picked up a bit last Tuesday and Wednesday, but declined to minimal levels Thursday and Friday. 

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 fell sharply early last week, but recovered somewhat Thursday and Friday.


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

NY HL Ratio also rallied at the end of the week, but remains a little weaker than OTC HL Ratio.


Seasonality:  Next week includes the 5 trading days prior to the 3rd Friday of October during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle.

The tables below show the daily percentage return for the 5 trading days prior to the 3rd Friday of October during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle.  

OTC data covers the period from 1963 – 2012 while SPX data runs from 1953 - 2012.  There are summaries for both the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle and all years combined.  Prior to 1953 the market traded 6 days a week so that data has been ignored.

Average returns for the coming week have been modestly positive by all measures. 

Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms.

Money supply growth rose a little last week.



Last week was volatile with most prices ending higher.  However, the breadth indicators deteriorated.  The Fed has been propping up the financial markets with $85B a month, but, like the housing market in 2007-8, that can only last so long.  The rally may continue for a while longer, but, it will (eventually) break.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday October 18 than they were on Friday October 11. 

Last week the OTC was down while all of the other indices were up so I am calling last week’s positive forecast a tie.


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Disclaimer: Mike Burk is an employee and principal of Alpha Investment Management (Alpha) a registered investment advisor. Charts and figures presented herein are believed to be reliable but we 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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