The GMI is still 6, but only 23-31% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes advanced on Thursday. This is the 13th week that the QQQQ has closed above its 10 week average, and the 59th day of the rise.
The GMI held at 6 and 60-65% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes advanced on Wednesday. There were 269 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks. Only 53% of the IBD 100 stock list from 10/16 rose and only 3 hit new highs (LVS, CELG and ICLR). Wednesday was the 58th day of the current up-trend in the QQQQ. The QLD ETF that tries to achieve double the returns of the QQQQ rose 1.35% Wednesday, compared with a rise of .47% for the QQQQ. Since August 16, the QQQQ has risen 11.5% while the QLD has risen 22.7%. Only 12 of the Nasdaq 100 stocks (and 26 of the S&P 500 stocks) rose more than the QLD. With these odds it makes little sense to me to trade individual stocks? Clearly, the QLD is the way to go as long as one is in an up-trend.
The GMI rose to 5, as 39% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced on Friday along with 33% of the S&P 500 and 20% of the Dow 30 stocks. There were 104 new yearly highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks. However, only 49% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks closed above their 30 day averages, down from a high of 88% on October 16. The Daily QQQQ index is very close to turning negative. The next few days will tell the story. Last week I lightened up on my weaker stocks and was stopped out of several. It pays to be defensive when the indexes decline so much. However, the QQQQ up-trend completed its 55th day and the QQQQ has closed above its 10 week average for 12 straight weeks. During this time the QQQQ has advanced 8.7% and 69 of the Nasdaq 100 stocks have advanced, 41 of them are up 10% or more. In the same period, 74% of the S&P 500 stocks advanced, 30% rose more than 10%. So, the time since August 16 has been good to those of us who went long.
On Friday, the IBD 100 type stocks outperformed the Nasdaq 100 tech stocks. 58-69% of the stocks in four recent IBD 100 lists advanced on Friday, compared with only 39% of the Nasdaq 100 tech stocks. None of these lists has many new highs, however. The statistics in this table suggest that most stocks closed on Friday below their prices when the IBD 100 lists were published. It will be interesting to see whether Friday’s relatively stronger performance suggests that traders will be buying the stronger growth stocks in the next few weeks…..