Hedge Funds Care, So Should You

By: Chris Ciovacco | Mon, Jul 26, 2010
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Markets set asset prices. Markets determine how much your brokerage account, IRA, and 401(k) are worth. Hedge funds and large institutions drive markets. Therefore, it is prudent to know what large institutions and hedge funds care about and what they see in the current market. Right, wrong, or indifferent, hedge funds and large institutions monitor closely and care about 200-day moving averages.

In oversimplified terms, the big market players like to be in markets that are above their 200-day and out of markets that are below their 200-day. Despite all the calls for the market to head south, both the NASDAQ and Dow closed above their 200-day moving averages on Friday.

NASDAQ

Markets can reverse and be volatile near the 200-day; so one day does not mean all that much. However, the longer these markets can hold their 200-days, and the further they can move away from them in the short-term, the more meaningful it becomes relative to the potential future value of your investments. Shorts will also be much more inclined to cover positions in markets that have recaptured their 200-day moving average, which can fuel a short-covering rally.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

One of the best ways to monitor the health of any rally is to look at the number of stocks participating, which is referred to as market breadth. Wide participation is a sign of a healthier rally; one which has higher odds of continuing for more than a few days. How does market breadth look as of Friday's close? pretty good. The Summation Index (shown below) is an intermediate-to-longer-term measure of market breadth. The Summation Index has made a higher low and recently closed above its 35-day moving average for the first time in eighty-eight calendar days. Both occurrences lean bullish for the intermediate-term.

NYSE Summation Index

CCM uses a proprietary market model, known as the Bull Market Sustainability Index (BMSI), to help us better understand the market's current risk-reward profile. The current profile looks attractive, especially over the next six months. This ties in well with our comments made on July 2, 2010, Stocks May Surprise By Year-End.

S&P500 Performance

The health of the markets have improved quite a bit in recent weeks, but things still need to be monitored closely, especially as markets congregate near their 200-day moving averages. We would still classify the markets as neutral-to-bullish. Some other short-term bullish developments are outlined in Stock Market Outlook Improving Short-Term.

 


 

Chris Ciovacco

Author: Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco
Ciovacco Capital Management

Chris Ciovacco

Chris Ciovacco is the Chief Investment Officer for Ciovacco Capital Management, LLC. More on the web at www.ciovaccocapital.com.

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