GMI: +6; Market steady; GOOG; Rising rates

The market held steady Monday, as did the GMI, at +6.  There were only 106 successful 10 day new highs–stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago and closed higher on Monday than they did 10 days ago. Gmi0130  The number of new highs declined to 414.  Only 40% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks rose, along with 42% of the S&P 500 stocks, 33% of the Dow 30 stocks and 44% of the S&P 600 small cap stocks. There were no changes in the GMI-L or GMI-S.  Monday was the second day in the QQQQ short term up trend (U-2)…..

The way the market reacts to GOOG’s earnings release Tuesday  will probably tell us a lot about the market’s near term health.  Irx0130 Also, the chart of the short term interest rate index shows that traders see no end in sight to the rise in rates.  The Fed will surely accommodate them on Tuesday.  I would be much more optimistic about this market if the QQQQ could take out its January 11 peak. 

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GMI: +6; Market too hot? Split the GMI; If rally stalls

The GMI returned to a maximum +6 on Friday.  But I am worried we are near a top.  There were a record 630 yearly highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks. This was the highest since 629 on July 11.  Gmi0127 90% of the stocks that doubled in the past year are above their 30 day averages and 37% of them hit a yearly high on Friday.  In fact, 37% of all stocks are within 5% of a new high.  How much stronger can things get?

I think I erred in including both short and long term indicators in the GMI because these trends often differ. And I typically keep my university pension funds invested in a mutual fund as long as these long term indicators are positive.  But my trading account goes in and out of the market with the trend of the  shorter term indicators.  So which indicator I follow depends upon my objectives.  I therefore have split the GMI into a short term (GMI-S )and a long term indicator (GMI-L).  I am also retaining the original GMI for consistency reasons.  The two new indicators each count 16 short or long term indicators, four each for the DIA, QQQQ, SPY and the IJR.  The GMI -L is now 100, meaning that 100% of the 16 longer term indicators are positive.  However, the GMI-S is 75, indicating that three quarters of the 16 short term indicators are positive (50% for the DIA, 75% for the SPY and QQQQ and 100% for the IJR small cap stocks).  I intend to update the GMI-L and the GMI-S  as they change.

The WPM also shows the strength in the small cap stocks.  Wpm0127 All five indexes are back above their 30 day and 30 week averages.  The majority of the stocks that make up these indexes also closed above their 30 day and 30 week averages, with the small caps being the strongest.

In addition to my caution stemming from the extreme strength in all of my indicators, I am concerned that the market leaders, AAPL and GOOG, are relatively weak.  The 100% first day increase in the Chipotle IPO (CMG) suggests to me that speculation is alive and well.  I will feel much more confident if the indexes can surpass their mid-January peaks.  If this rally stalls out before then, look out below.

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GMI: +4; trend too hard to discern

The GMI remains at +4, but there are a lot of stroGmi0126ng stocks.  There were 443 new highs on Thursday in my universe of 4,000 stocks.  This was the most new highs since 541 on January 9.  There were 245 successful 10 day new highs, stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago and closed higher on Thursday than they did 10 days ago.  Buying new highs has been profitable again.  Three quarters of stocks closed above their 10 week averages, but only 48% are in a short term up trend.  Still, the leaders have been strong.  89% of the stocks that doubled over the past year closed above their 30 day averages and 27% hit a new high on Thursday.  36% of stocks are now within 5% of their 52 week highs.  85% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced, along with 67% of the S&P 500 stocks and 73% of the Dow 30 stocks.  The Daily SPY index is now too close to call.  The QQQQ and DIA remain below their 30 day averages.  Thursday was the fourth day in the QQQQ short term decline (D-4). 

My indicators are not consistent with each other and the short term trend is too difficult to call.  The bounce back from last Friday’s large decline has been weak.  I will wait for the DIA and QQQQ to reclaim their 30 day averages before I will be confident of a new up trend.

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GMI: +4; Internals still weakening

The GMI increased one to +4.  This is because 52% of the 372 stocks in my universe that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher on Wednesday than they closed 10 days before.  Gmi0125 There were 322 new 52 week highs.  But only 33% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks rose, along with 42% of the S&P 500 stocks and 57% of the Dow 30 stocks.  The percentage of stocks in a short term up trend declined 3, to 46% and the percentage closing above their 10 week averages also declined 3, to 68%.  Wednesday was the third day of the QQQQ decline (D-3).  With the QQQQ below its 10 week average, this remains a good time to sit on the sidelines…….

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GMI: +3; Market stronger but still in a down trend

The GMI remains at +3, but there were a lot of new highs (333) on Tuesday.  Gmi0124 62% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced, along with 67% of the S&P 500 stocks and 53% of the Dow 30 stocks.  The percentage of stocks in a short term up trend declined to 49%.  But 71% of the 4,000 stocks in my universe remain above their 10 week averages.  Still, the daily QQQQ and SPY indexes remain negative and Tuesday was the second day of the QQQQ short term down trend.

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