GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; 13th week since top; DBC, DJP, DBA
The GMI and GMI-R remain a t zero. Note that I made a small change to the 10 Day Successful New High Index. This index looks at the number of stocks in my universe that hit a new 52 week high 10 days ago and counts how many of these closed today higher than on the day they hit the new high 10 days earlier. The idea is that in a strong market, stocks will continue to advance after hitting a new high. This indicator is positive if there are 100 successful 10-day new highs, or if not, if the percentage of these stocks that are higher is at least 50%. I have added the additional requirement that it be 50% and that there were at least 20 new highs 10 days ago (the denominator ge 20). I think that the 50% requirement is not enough if it is based on fewer than 20 stocks, as was the case last Friday (11/17)……
There were 29 new highs and 83 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Friday. The number of new lows is far below the numbers reached in January (as high as 1,453) and indicates that most stocks are holding above their January lows. It remains to be seen whether this relative strength will continue. Friday was the 26th day in the current QQQQ short term down-trend and the SPY and DIA have been below their 10 week averages for 13 weeks. The decline in the summer of 2006 lasted 13 weeks. But remember that a true bear market often lasts for 9-12 months. It just does not pay to try to anticipate the turn. It is less stressful on my money and my nerves to just wait on the sideline for a convincing turn. Contrary to what the pundits say, we will have plenty of time to jump on a real new up-trend. After the decline in the summer of 2006, the market pretty much remained in an up-trend for 15 months. So, why jump the gun? Swim with the tide.
Talking of swimming with the tide, the trend is still up in commodities and so there are a few commodity ETF’s that remain in an up-trend. DBC and DJP both broke to new highs on Friday. The only other ETF that hit a new high on Friday was DBA, which holds agricultural stocks, which have remained quite strong throughout the decline. If I were looking for the needle in the haystack stock or ETF to buy, I would start with these. Just remember, the bear typically devours everything, eventually.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; 25th day of QQQQ down-trend; successful test of January lows?
The GMI and GMI-R remain at zero. There were 9 new 52 week highs and 118 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Thursday. The Worden T2108 indicator is at 41%. Thursday was the 25th day of the current QQQQ short term down-trend. This could turn out to be a successful test of the January lows. I am still mainly in cash and waiting for a convincing change in trend.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; only 81 new lows; staying in cash
The GMI and GMI-R remain at zero. While the market is declining, there were only 81 new 52-week lows on Wednesday in my universe of 4,000 stocks, compared with 844 and 1,453 on January 18th and 22nd. In other words, most stocks are holding above their lows during the steep January decline. So let’s not be deceived by the decline in the averages. Things are not as weak as they were last month. The Worden T2108 indicator is now at 35%, also up from the January low of 18%. With only 8 stocks hitting new highs, it is time for me to remain in cash and to stay off of this roller-coaster. (Why does Cramer tell his audience to "stay in the game?") The former leaders are getting shot (BIDU, CME, AAPL, ICE, RIMM). Wednesday was the 24th day of the current QQQQ short term down-trend and if you exited the market when I did, you are sitting pretty.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; 23rd day of QQQQ down-trend; masochists and gamblers stay long
The GMI and GMI-R are both back to zero. Tuesday was the 23rd day in the QQQQ short term down-trend. As bad as it looked, there were only 50 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks, compared with 1,453 on January 22nd. So the damage on Tuesday was not nearly as great as that a few weeks ago. There were 13 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Tuesday. The Worden T2108 indicator is now back to 38%, well above bottoming territory. Only 25% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks closed above their 30 day averages.
The down-trend continues and we should not try to guess a bottom. We are only about 13 weeks from the top, and down-trends often last 9-12 months. The key is to wait for a convincing turn before going long again. Only masochists and gamblers hold stocks at times like these.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 2; 38 new highs and 10 lows; 22nd day of QQQQ down-trend
The GMI remains at zero, and the GMI-R at 2. Monday was the 22nd day of the current QQQQ down-trend. There were 38 new highs and 10 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Monday.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 2; Worden T2108: 53%; Still in a down-trend but will rebound hold?
The GMI remains at zero (out of 6) but the GMI-R has risen to 2 (out of 10). The GMI-R adds four short term sensitive indicators to the six indicators counted by the GMI. Thus, while some short term indicators in the GMI-R have turned positive, the original GMI indicates that the market, especially the Nasdaq 100 index, remains in a down-trend. On Friday there were only 49 new 52-week highs and 26 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks. Friday was the first day since December 26 that there have been more new highs than lows (then, 166/40). Friday was also the 21st day of the current QQQQ short term down-trend (D-21). The Worden T2108 indicator is now at 53%, up from 18% at its low on Januray 18. I have added a new indicator to the table, the % of stocks where the MACD is above their signal lines. A move of the MACD above the signal line often foretells the beginning of an up-trend. On Friday, 71% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks were above their signal lines, up from just 10% on January 9. The GMI-S is now at 50%, indicating that one half of the 16 short term indicators for four index ETF’s (SPY, DIA, IJR, QQQQ) are positive.
So, what does this mean to me? The market appears to still be in a down-trend even as stocks rebound from the lows on January 22nd and 23rd. The key is to remain in cash and to see whether the indexes can break above critical moving averages and hold. If they convincingly bounce down off of resistance, it will be time to add some shorts.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 1; Worden T2108: 46%; 20th day of down-trend
The GMI remains zero, but the more sensitive GMI-R rose to 1 out of 10. There were 29 new highs and 90 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Thursday. The Worden T2108 indicator shows that 46% of NYSE stocks closed above their 40 day averages. This indicator is now up from a low of 18% on January 22. Still, tech stocks lag, with only 31% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks closing above their 30 day averages. I remain mainly in cash, but vigilant for signs of a change in trend. Thursday was the 20th day in the current QQQQ short term down-trend.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; 5 IBD100 stocks at new highs
The GMI and GMI-R are still zero. Wednesday was the 19th day in the current QQQQ short term down-trend. There were 26 new highs and 57 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Thursday. Five of the stocks at new highs were on the IBD 100 stock lists I have been following: BLK, RATE, SID, TNE, PRXL. I am still mainy in cash and am monitoring the down-tend.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; only 21 new highs and 24 lows on Tuesday; mainly in cash
The GMI and GMI-R remain at zero. There were only 21 new highs and 24 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Tuesday. Tuesday was the 18th day in the current QQQQ short term down-trend. The Worden T2108 indicator is now at 36%, up from 18% on January 22. It is nice to be on the sideline, in cash.
GMI: 0; GMI-R: 0; 17th day of QQQQ down-trend
The GMI and GMI-R remain at zero. There were 19 new highs and 45 new lows in my universe of 4,000 stocks on Monday. Monday was the 17th day of the current QQQQ short-term down-trend.