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NEGATIVE DIVERGENCES ABOUND

NEGATIVE DIVERGENCES ABOUND

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This week’s technical outlook comes courtesy of Decision Point:

While the S&P 500 had managed to squeeze slightly above the ascending wedge that has contained the index for several months, this week it dropped back below the support and it is currently challenging the bottom of the wedge. The wedge has not resolved decisively in either direction, and it is possible that there will be no clear resolution. By that I mean the wedge is so narrow that the price index could continue to drift higher, lower, or sideways to where it will have exited the wedge without a clear resolution. If so, we will ignore the wedge and look for something else to provide some clarity.

I am still of the opinion that we will see some kind of downside correction because of the abundance of negative divergences to be found on our indicator charts. The first is the gradually contracting volume seen on the chart below.

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The next chart shows the three indicators of our OBV (On-Balance Volume) suite with divergences clearly marked.

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Finally, we have the new highs and new lows chart. Again, you can see the negative divergence over the contraction of new highs; however, this chart gives us reason to believe that the internal problems may not be too serious. Note that there have been virtually no new lows for many months, and, without an expansion of new lows, all the negative divergences we are seeing probably have no long-term significance. For example, note that the contraction of new highs at the end of 2007 was accompanied by a considerable expansion of new lows that gave warning of much greater than normal weakness.

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Bottom Line: The abundance of negative divergences keeps waving the caution flag for a correction; however, the complete lack of new lows indicates that we are only witnessing cyclical weakness during an ongoing bull market, not a major top.

 


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LET’S GET TECHNICAL – THE BULL WILL PREVAIL

LET’S GET TECHNICAL – THE BULL WILL PREVAIL

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The following is the technical outlook from Decision Point:

Since this will be our last article for 2009, I thought it would be appropriate to do an analysis of the short-, medium-, and long-term charts and synthesize a broad outlook for the market.

In my December 4 article I said we should expect an upside breakout, but the market has continued to consolidate in a very narrow range, still testing the long-term overhead resistance which is drawn across the declining tops beginning with the 2007 top. In the short term, we are looking at several weeks of consolidation, which is also known as a continuation pattern. This means that the most likely resolution will be an upside breakout that will continue the rally that began from the November lows.

There is also the issue of the ascending wedge pattern, which normally breaks to the downside. Should that happen, there is support at about 1050, on the botom of the slightly rising trend channel. Because the two prominent short-term set ups are in opposition, I would have to say that the short-term (days to weeks) picture is neutral.

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With two opposing possible short-term outcomes, let’s look at the weekly chart, which gives us a medium-term (weeks to months) view of the market. This chart looks bearish. We can see price stalling at resistance, and the PMO is overbought and trying to roll over. The strongest message from this chart is that a medium-term correction is about to begin.

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Finally, the monthly chart looks very bullish for the long term (months to years). I say that primarily because the PMO has turned up from a deeply oversold reading and has passed up through its 10-EMA. This is about as bullish a picture as you are likely to see on a monthly chart. Keep in mind that this doesn’t override the medium-term or short-term picture. If you study the chart carefully, you will see that quite violent price swings can occur without causing the monthly PMO to change direction. Nevertheless, the overriding message is that the long-term direction of the market is most likely to be up.

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Bottom Line: The short-term chart presents two opposite possible outcomes,


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LET’S GET TECHNICAL – STOCKS STILL SUSCEPTIBLE TO DECLINE

LET’S GET TECHNICAL – STOCKS STILL SUSCEPTIBLE TO DECLINE

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The technical perspective from Decision Point:

Stocks have been in the overvalued end of the normal P/E range since the early-1990s, and this condition shows no sign of abating. Below is an excerpt from our daily earnings summary that will offer readers a better perspective. I have outlined the 2009 Q4 results because that is the first quarter not distorted by the huge loss reported in 2008 Q4. While the results of the current quarter are not final, 90% of companies have reported, and I don’t think there will be any surprises from the remaining companies sufficient to change the estimated results a substantial amount. As you can see, valuations are projected to be well above the overvalued limit of the range (P/E of 20) through the first two quarters of 2010. If the market continues to rally, the over valuation will persist into the foreseeable future.

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Since price movement over the last two decades seems to have little relationship to P/E ratios, why pay any attention to values? In fact, Decision Point’s trend-following models consider price movement and nothing else. Nevertheless, we still want to be aware of the condition of the fundamental foundation of the market, and we believe that investor ignorance in this regard will only lead to more pain. After all, investors have been ignoring valuations for nearly two decades, and the result has been a stock bubble and two major bear markets. Most have not fared well during this period.

At each price top for the last two months I have been expecting a correction to begin, yet price declines have been relatively small and each top is followed by a higher top. Frustrating! I am not trying to identify a shorting opportunity, because shorting is not recommended during a bull market. The only reason that a decent correction is important is that it will provide a lower-risk opportunity to open new long positions.

For two weeks the market has been rolling over into what could be another short-term top. Or it could be the beginning of the long-awaited correction. Negative divergences still abound, but, as I told a subscriber, these conditions are usually not too serious in a bull market. The market is vulnerable, but it is not a time…
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GETTING TECHNICAL: SELL INTO THE RALLY

GETTING TECHNICAL: SELL INTO THE RALLY

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

From Decision Point:

After the S&P 500 broke down from the rising wedge pattern I expected that prices would continue to head lower into a 20-Week Cycle low at the end of this month. But no. Instead prices rallied back above the rising trend line which formed the bottom of the wedge. Prices even rallied to a marginal intraday new high, so the rising trend that began at the March lows remains intact. In spite of that, it looks as if prices are forming a double top.

On the chart I have drawn a new rising wedge pattern that conforms to the gradual rolling over that prices appear to be doing. As usual, we should expect prices to break down out of the wedge, and, perhaps, that will lead to the correction we have been awaiting.

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Below, our OBV (On-Balance Volume) suite of charts shows the short-term CVI and STVO coming off overbought levels and allowing for further decline in the short-term. The medium-term VTO shows that an internal correction is in progress that appears to be spreading to price behavior.

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In his comments today, John Murphy (StockCharts.com) pointed out that large-cap indexes are beginning to out-perform small cap indexes. This should be of special interest to our subscribers because we track both cap-weighted and equal-weighted versions of the major market and sector indexes. (Equal-weighted indexes the smaller-cap stocks in the index to exert more influence on the price of the index.) In the example below, we have a chart of the S&P 500 displayed with the Price Relative to the Rydex S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP). You can see that the S&P 500 relative strength line trended downward since March, but recently it began to trend upward. The message being that it is probably time to shift money out of the equal-weighted vehicles and into the cap-weighted vehicles. (See signal table below to see how well equal-weighted stocks have performed.)

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Bottom Line: Last week I thought that a medium-term correction had begun, but a rally to new highs killed that projection. The market now looks as if it is topping, and internals support the idea that there will be a decline into the end of the month. A further


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LET’S GET TECHNICAL

LET’S GET TECHNICAL

Courtesy of The Pragmatic Capitalist

From Decision Point:

The market has begun another correction, but so far no serious technical damage has been done. The S&P 500 remains within the grasp of an ascending wedge formation, the dominant feature on the daily chart. On Friday prices hit their lowest level of the correction, but they remained above the support of the 50-EMA and the rising trend line. Next major support is at the 200-EMA.

As regular readers know, it is most likely that prices will break down from the rising wedge pattern, and I am inclined to believe that will happen in this case. Internal conditions for the medium-term are neutral to slightly overbought, and I think the market needs to get medium-term oversold before the correction will end. Also, it is October, and a certain amount of ugliness should be expected. I hear that a number of people are expecting a crash, but I see no evidence that would make me anticipate anything more than a normal correction.

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The following Participation Index (PI) chart shows that the short-term market condition is oversold. This could signal a short-term bounce, or the end of the correction. The latter is unlikely because the market needs to get more oversold medium-term before another up leg begins.

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Bottom Line: It is very likely that the S&P 500 will break down out of the rising wedge pattern soon. With luck a breakdown will be followed by a healthy correction, but we are in a bull market and I wouldn’t bet on anything worse than that.

Source: Decision Point

 


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