Technical Market Report

By: Mike Burk | Sat, Aug 22, 2009
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The good news is:
• All of the major indices closed at multi month highs on Friday.

Short Term

I misinterpreted July's blast off as a blow off and we are looking at similar conditions now.

The chart below 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.

There were 115 NASADAQ new highs at the July 31 index high and OTC NH was at a multi month high with a value of 60. Last Friday with the index at a new multi month high there were 66 new highs and the value of the indicator had dropped to 44, a non confirmation either way you look at it. Following a similar pattern in early July the index continued upward for a near record of 12 consecutive days.

Usually I would look at the current pattern and expect a correction, however, in this market, lightning could strike twice.

Intermediate term

Advance decline lines (ADL) are calculated by adding advancing issues and subtracting declining issues from a running total. ADL's constructed from stocks only have a negative bias while ADL's constructed from fixed income issues have an extremely positive bias (they accumulate value daily until they go ex dividend). The ADL calculated from NYSE data has, over the past 20 years, gone from having a modestly negative bias to an extremely positive bias as the number of fixed income issues has increased on the NYSE. The ADL calculated from NASDAQ data has maintained an extremely negative bias.

The first chart covers the past 6 months showing the OTC in blue and the ADL calculated from NASDAQ data (OTC ADL) in green.

The OTC ADL hit a multi month high Friday. You will see the significance of this in the next 2 charts.

The next chart is similar to the one above except it covers the past 2 years. The negative bias of the OTC ADL is apparent.

The next chart is similar to those above except it covers the past 20 years with dashed vertical lines drawn on the 1st trading day of each year.

We have an indicator with a strong negative bias is confirming a positive trend.

Seasonality

Next week includes the 5 trading days prior to the 4th Friday of August during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle.

The tables show the daily return on a percentage basis for the 5 trading days prior to the 4th Friday of August during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle. OTC data covers the period from 1963 - 2008 and S&P 500 (SPX) data from 1953 - 2008. Prior to 1953 the market traded 6 days a week so that data has been ignored. There are summaries for both the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle and all years combined.

The SPX had a couple of rough years in the 1950's pulling its average returns down. Aside from that returns over all periods have been modestly positive.

Report for the week before the 4th Friday of August.
The number following the year is the position in the presidential cycle.
Daily returns from Monday through the 4th Friday.

OTC Presidential Year 1
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1965-1 0.38% 0.00% 0.02% 0.36% 0.20% 0.95%
 
1969-1 0.94% 1.49% 0.25% 0.24% 0.50% 3.42%
1973-1 -1.00% -0.54% -0.76% 1.17% -0.13% -1.25%
1977-1 0.20% -0.11% -0.19% -0.61% -0.25% -0.95%
1981-1 -2.00% -1.48% 0.02% -0.50% 0.37% -3.60%
1985-1 -0.28% 0.25% 0.44% -0.27% -0.06% 0.08%
Avg -0.43% -0.08% -0.05% 0.01% 0.09% -0.46%
 
1989-1 -0.79% 0.01% 0.77% 0.87% 0.19% 1.04%
1993-1 -0.01% 0.59% -0.20% -0.31% 0.37% 0.43%
1997-1 0.48% 1.99% 1.75% -1.34% -0.50% 2.37%
2001-1 0.77% -2.00% 1.57% -0.92% 2.00% 1.42%
2005-1 0.27% -0.19% -0.39% 0.26% -0.64% -0.69%
Avg 0.14% 0.08% 0.70% -0.29% 0.28% 0.91%
 
OTC summary for Presidential Year 1 1965 - 2005
Avg -0.09% 0.00% 0.30% -0.10% 0.19% 0.29%
Win% 55% 50% 64% 45% 55% 64%
 
OTC summary for all years 1963 - 2008
Avg -0.10% -0.02% 0.31% -0.02% 0.11% 0.27%
Win% 41% 55% 66% 52% 59% 59%
 
SPX Presidential Year 1
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1953-1 -1.07% -0.66% -0.29% -0.29% -0.21% -2.53%
1957-1 -2.00% 0.85% 0.44% -0.73% -1.44% -2.88%
1961-1 0.21% 0.01% -0.67% -0.57% 0.12% -0.91%
1965-1 -0.15% 0.17% 0.12% 0.38% 0.07% 0.59%
 
1969-1 0.61% 0.53% 0.00% 0.29% 0.60% 2.03%
1973-1 -0.68% -0.71% -0.36% 1.37% -0.28% -0.66%
1977-1 0.29% -0.17% -0.40% -1.11% -0.09% -1.49%
1981-1 -2.00% -0.29% -0.14% -1.16% 0.46% -3.13%
1985-1 0.15% 0.91% 0.57% -0.95% -0.10% 0.58%
Avg -0.33% 0.05% -0.08% -0.31% 0.12% -0.53%
 
1989-1 -1.55% 0.15% 1.03% 1.98% -0.28% 1.33%
1993-1 -0.20% 1.00% 0.08% 0.20% -0.11% 0.96%
1997-1 1.30% 1.48% 1.44% -1.52% -0.16% 2.53%
2001-1 0.81% -1.21% 0.70% -0.28% 1.97% 1.99%
2005-1 0.17% -0.34% -0.66% 0.23% -0.60% -1.20%
Avg 0.10% 0.22% 0.52% 0.12% 0.16% 1.12%
 
SPX summary for Presidential Year 1 1953 - 2005
Avg -0.30% 0.12% 0.14% -0.15% -0.01% -0.20%
Win% 50% 57% 54% 43% 36% 50%
 
SPX summary for all years 1953 - 2008
Avg -0.15% 0.01% 0.18% -0.12% -0.02% -0.10%
Win% 43% 55% 57% 46% 48% 59%

Money supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms. Money supply growth continued to fall last week.

Conclusion

Strong ADL's and a lack of new lows suggest more highs to come.

I expect the major indices to be higher on Friday August 28 than they were on Friday August 21.

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Last week's negative forecast was a miss.

Thank you,

 


 

Author: Mike Burk

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