Technical Market Report for February 8, 2014

By: Mike Burk | Sat, Feb 8, 2014
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The good news is:
• The pull back of the last half of January appears to be over.


The negatives

In the recent pull back, the small caps represented by the Russell 2000 (R2K) were the biggest losers among domestic issues, they were also the weakest in last weeks rally.

The chart below covers this year beginning with December 31 of last year showing the major indices on log scales for comparison. Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each week.

The NASDAQ composite (OTC), in blue was the strongest at the top, fell the least and recovered the most. The S&P 500 (SPX), in red, was the weakest at the top and had a strong recovery last week. The R2K, in magenta, was strong going into the top, but fell the most and has had the weakest recovery.

SPX Daily Chart

This is not a pattern I like to see.

It is early in the recovery, but, if this pattern of weak secondaries persists we will be looking at a developing top.


The positives

New lows approached troublesome levels last Monday, but, by the end of the week, returned to comfortable levels.

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 vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month and 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 to its lowest level in over a year last week, but recovered to neutral on Friday.

OTC versus OTC HL Ratio Daily Chart

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 has been weaker than OTC HL Ratio, but had a stronger recovery. Between Monday and Friday of last week, NYSE new lows declined by nearly 90%.

SPX versus NYSE HL Ratio Daily Chart


Seasonality

Next week includes the 5 trading days prior to the 2nd Friday of February during the 2nd year of the Presidential Cycle.

The tables show the daily percentage return for the 5 trading days prior to the 2nd Friday of February during the 2nd year of the Presidential Cycle.

OTC data covers the period from 1963 - 2013 while SPX data runs from 1953 - 2013. There are summaries for both the 2nd 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.

The OTC has had modestly positive returns for the coming week while the SPX has had modestly negative returns.

Report for the week before the 2nd Friday of February
The number following the year is the position in the Presidential Cycle.
Daily returns from Monday to 2nd Friday.

OTC Presidential Year 2
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1966-2 0.37% 0.18% -0.28% 0.84% -0.10% 1.01%
1970-2 1.46% 0.53% -0.19% 0.61% 0.60% 3.01%
 
1974-2 -1.34% -0.46% 0.30% 0.08% -0.66% -2.08%
1978-2 0.05% 0.47% 0.42% 0.02% 0.37% 1.32%
1982-2 -1.90% -1.15% 0.25% -0.39% 0.15% -3.04%
1986-2 0.64% 0.15% 0.39% 0.55% 0.58% 2.32%
1990-2 0.60% -0.17% 0.66% 0.12% 0.36% 1.56%
Avg -0.39% -0.23% 0.41% 0.08% 0.16% 0.02%
 
1994-2 0.25% 0.45% 0.49% -0.40% -0.26% 0.53%
1998-2 -0.24% 1.10% -0.02% 0.33% -0.23% 0.95%
2002-2 -2.91% -0.92% -1.40% -1.69% 2.06% -4.86%
2006-2 -0.17% -0.61% 0.98% -0.49% 0.27% -0.02%
2010-2 -0.70% 1.17% -0.14% 1.38% 0.28% 1.98%
Avg -0.75% 0.24% -0.02% -0.17% 0.42% -0.28%
 
OTC summary for Presidential Year 2 1966 - 2010
Avg -0.32% 0.06% 0.12% 0.08% 0.29% 0.22%
Win% 50% 58% 58% 67% 67% 67%
 
OTC summary for all years 1963 - 2013
Avg -0.11% -0.06% 0.07% 0.25% -0.04% 0.11%
Win% 38% 55% 55% 69% 56% 57%
 
SPX Presidential Year 2
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1954-2 -0.27% -0.23% -0.11% -0.31% 0.23% -0.69%
1958-2 -0.60% -0.89% -0.44% 0.02% 0.95% -0.95%
1962-2 0.10% 0.11% 0.66% 0.23% -0.14% 0.96%
1966-2 0.35% -0.04% 0.55% -0.24% -0.02% 0.59%
1970-2 0.79% -1.05% 0.98% -0.24% -0.22% 0.26%
Avg 0.08% -0.42% 0.33% -0.11% 0.16% 0.03%
 
1974-2 -2.13% -0.31% 0.28% 0.04% -1.04% -3.16%
1978-2 -0.13% 0.93% 0.55% -0.58% -0.24% 0.52%
1982-2 -2.24% -0.83% 0.86% -0.20% -0.04% -2.45%
1986-2 0.78% -0.15% 0.02% 0.66% 1.09% 2.41%
1990-2 0.28% -0.66% 1.24% -0.24% 0.20% 0.82%
Avg -0.69% -0.20% 0.59% -0.06% -0.01% -0.37%
 
1994-2 0.42% -0.15% 0.36% -0.81% 0.27% 0.08%
1998-2 -0.18% 0.82% 0.10% 0.40% -0.39% 0.75%
2002-2 -2.47% -0.40% -0.60% -0.31% 1.49% -2.30%
2006-2 0.08% -0.81% 0.87% -0.15% 0.25% 0.24%
2010-2 -0.89% 1.30% -0.22% 0.97% -0.27% 0.89%
Avg -0.61% 0.15% 0.10% 0.02% 0.27% -0.07%
 
SPX summary for Presidential Year 2 1954-2010
Avg -0.41% -0.16% 0.34% -0.05% 0.14% -0.14%
Win% 47% 27% 73% 40% 47% 67%
 
SPX summary for all years 1953-2013
Avg -0.24% -0.12% 0.12% 0.01% 0.01% -0.21%
Win% 37% 49% 61% 43% 50% 56%


Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms. Money supply growth has been following its trend pretty closely.

M2 Money Supply versus SPX Chart


Conclusion

The sharp reduction in new lows at the end of last week implies the recent pull back is over.

I expect the major averages to be higher on Friday February 14 than they were on Friday February 7.

Last week the R2K was down while all of the other major averages were up so I am calling last weeks positive forecast a tie.

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Good Luck,

YTD W 0/L 3/T 3

 


 

Author: Mike Burk

Mike Burk

Mike Burk independently publishes a weekly newsletter on the stock market from a technical perspective.

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