Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recent Closing TICK Action & The Oscillator Strongly Suggesting A Quick Bounce

One indicator now providing some extreme readings that are typically followed by bounce is the TICK Tomoscillator.  The TICK Tomoscillator is the brain child of my friend and fellow market analyst, Tom McClellan of McClellan Financial Publications (click for Tom’s article on the indicator).  It uses the NYSE closing TICK readings to measure recent end-of-day sentiment.  I first introduced the TICK Tomoscillator in the 4/19/11 subscriber letter. For those that are not familiar with the TICK Tomoscillator, you may find a detailed description in the May 13, 2011 blog.  The TICK Tomoscillator posted an extremely low reading of -236.82 on Wednesday.  This pushed the Tomoscillator % Rank down below 1%, meaning Wednesday's reading is among the lowest 1% in the last year. Subscribers may find Tomoscillator readings on the charts page every night.  Below you can see the Oscillator reading from Wednesday's chart page:

The TICK Tomoscillator is also included in the QE Indicators/Functions for Tradestation package which can be downloaded by all subscribers for free.

The study below uses the Tomoscillator % Rank reading rather than just the raw reading. It was last seen in the 6/13/11 Letter.  I updated the results.

While instances are a little low we see what appears to be a strong inclination for the market to bounce immediately, and then eventually follow through with more upside.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Good Seasonality Gone Bad?

The week of Memorial Day has shown some bullish seasonal tendencies over the years.  But it has certainly faltered the last few. The chart below is from this weekend's subscriber letter.  It examines returns during the week of Memorial Day.

From 1983 - 2009 Memorial Day week performed exceptionally well.  During that time span it rose 20 of 27 years.  It never closed down more than 2 in a row.  And it never had a losing week of even 2%.  But the last 3 years?  It has lost 2%+ all 3 years.  So it raises the question, has good seasonality gone bad?

It's possible and it has happened with other seasonal edges in the past.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next few years, and whether then bullish tendency returns.  For now I am simply less inclined to put weight in Memorial Week seasonality, and rather trust to my other indicators and studies.

Update: I also looked at Memorial Day week nightly performance at Overnight Edges.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SPY Closes At A 5-Day Low For The 1st Time In A Long Time

On Tuesday the SPY closed at a 5-day low for the 1st time in over 4 weeks.  This triggered the study below, which I last showed on the blog in December.

I also did a 4-week filter and though instances were greatly reduced the numbers looked much the same.  This study suggests a moderate upside edge and hints that persistent uptrends normally wither before they die, rather than turn on a dime.

Monday, May 20, 2013

This 3-Day Pattern Is Suggesting Caution For Today

After Wednesday’s move to a new high, Thursday put in an inside day.  With Friday closing at another new high the study below triggered, which I have only previously shared in the Subscriber Letter.  It showed that SPY closed down the next day 13 of that last 15 times following a 50-day high, then an inside day, and then another 50-day high.  Below I have listed all 15 instances.

Risk/reward here heavily favors the short side. The average drawdown is slightly over 4 times the size the average run-up. Also notable is that every instance saw drawdown of at least 0.35% the next day, but only 1 of the 15 instances saw run-up of at least 0.35%. Traders may want to take this into consideration for the upcoming day.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Revisiting Consistently Strong Closes

The market has seen a lot of finishes near the top of its daily range lately.  When the market consistently closes near the high of the day it suggests optimism on the part of traders. This end-of-day optimism is now at a level that suggests it is overdone and there is a good chance of a pullback. The study below was last seen in the 1/16/13 blog and it exemplifies this concept. I have updated all of the statistics.

While the downside edge appears to remain in place for a full week, most of the edge has been realized over the 1st 2 days.  Below is an equity curve showing how the edge has played out using a 2-day exit strategy.

The strong downslope appears to confirm the bearish edge, even with the action of the last few instances.

Note: To calculate the “8-day Average Closing % Range” I am simply measuring where in the daily range SPY closed each day. For instance if it traded at a low of $146.00 and a high of $147.00 and closed at $146.75, then it would have closed in the 75th percentile of the daily range. A close at $146.50 would have meant 50%.

I then take a simple moving average of the last 8 days. If that average goes from below 75% (where it usually is) to above 75%, the study is triggered.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What Monday's Weak Breadth Could Foreshadow

Monday’s weak breadth could imply negative ramifications over the next few days.  In the past I looked at instances where the SPX closed higher while the NYSE Up Issues % came in under 40%. Results above the 200ma showed a steady and persistent downside edge. I have updated them below.

The numbers here appear to suggest a downside edge.  Perhaps the market is readying to lay off the gas for a day or two.

Monday, May 6, 2013

This Pattern Suggests We Could See More Upside In The Next Few Days

Short-term strength is often followed by short-term weakness, but when that short-term strength is unusually impressive, it can create a situation where that extreme strength will beget more strength. When the market leaves an unfilled up gap that is considered a sign of strength.  When it does it 2 days in a row and closes at a 50-day high, that can be considered exceptional strength. That is what happened on Friday, and it triggered the study below, which I last shared on the blog on 9/10/12.  All stats are updated to present day.

The size of the follow-through isn't terribly large. But it has been very, very consistent that at least some follow through was achieved in the next few days.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

What Happens After 6 Months Of Gains

April marked the 6th month in a row that SPX has managed a positive close.  I have seen many analysts suggest this means the market is overextended and due to correct in the coming months.  So I decided to take a look for myself.  I ran a study to examine past performance following 6 consecutive months of gains.

The 1st month out of the gate looks to have about breakeven odds.  After that everything points to the bullish case, with strongly positive stats across the board for the next 10 months or so.  In fact, 10 months out all 14 instances were higher.  Below I have listed the 14 instances.

Some strong results here.  Based on this, it appears that the bulls should be celebrating that 6-month rally, rather than the bears trying to use it as evidence for an overdue pullback.

Of course there has also been a lot discussed about “Sell in May” and the possible weak upcoming seasonality.  I did a detailed study on this in the intermediate-term section of the Subscriber Letter this past week.  If you would like to read it you may sign up for a free trial using the link below.