March Madness for the S&P 500

By: Robert McHugh | Fri, Mar 25, 2005
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Major Trend Changes are the Norm in the Month Of March for the S&P 500

For the past six years, major trend changes have started during the month of March, with several around the equinox. And it looks as though this has occurred once again this year, on March 7th, 2005. The decline since March 7th has been impulsive with considerable technical damage to the averages. While there will be bounces along the way, we believe a major trend change lower is underway, and the two and one-half year rally from October 2002 is over. One of the compelling arguments for a substantial long-term decline resuming from here is the comparison of past Bear market price action with the current pattern. Analogs measure investor psychology of the past, and offer a blueprint for likely behavior in the future.

The next chart compares the rise and fall of the S&P 500 index from 1998 to 2002 with the trend in prices since October 2002. The similitude is uncanny. It is suggesting that prices should have peaked in early March 2005, consistent with the March "turns" phenomenon, and that next is a longterm devastating decline.

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Robert McHugh

Author: Robert McHugh

Robert D. McHugh, Jr. Ph.D.
Main Line Investors, Inc.

Robert McHugh

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