Major stock indexes near flat; indicators struggle

Whichever question is answered first, it’s a virtual certainty that neither bull nor bear has made any money on a Buy and Hold basis since mid-February, using the major indexes as benchmarks. That truth may demand its own prayer.

Index Daily stops Weekly Monthly
5/30 5/31 6/1 6/2 6/3 6/3 6/30

S&P

Last
1331.10

%Chg
-.16%

BUY
Holiday

BUY
1337.67

BUY
1334.81

BUY
1332.96

BUY
1332.63

SELL
1302.88

SELL
1135.28

Dow 30

Last
12441.58

%Chg
-.56

BUY
Holiday

BUY
12566.10

BUY
12535.03

BUY
12509.85

BUY
12497.38

SELL
12131.89

SELL
10638.30

NASDAQ

Last
2796.86

%Chg
-.23

BUY
Holiday

BUY
2805.53

BUY
2796.35

BUY
2791.95

BUY
2791.49

SELL
2727.96

SELL
2364.22

Val. Line

Last
3055.27

%Chg
+.22

BUY
Holiday

BUY 3060.11

BUY
3049.88

BUY
3045.20

BUY
3046.14

SELL
2985.61

SELL
2495.04

Note: Stop levels, a function of the extant trend, are based on the trailing moving average price channels for the Highs or the Lows of an index. Whether or not a specific index is suggesting a "Buy" or Sell" is determined by whether or not index prices are above or below the current channel Stop levels. Stop levels should only be used as an entry or exit guide and in conjunction with other market entry and exit strategies.

McCurtain Most Actives Advance/Decline Line (MAAD)

MAAD on the daily cycle perked marginally higher four out of the five sessions last week but, despite strength, all the indicator has done is return to the bottom side of what appears to be a "bear flag" stretching back to the indicator’s March 22 plot lows (see chart). While it’s possible further market rebounding could cause MAAD to work back into the midst of the bear flag, we suspect that the upper boundary of the formation will not be breached. That failure would not be a good omen for index pricing.

Moreover, what is most troubling about the performance of MAAD since the indicator reached plot highs back on March 3 and nearly three months ago is that it failed to confirm any of the strength into the early May index highs. That negative divergence suggests that Smart Money has been selling into strength.

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McCurtain Call/Put Dollar Value Flow Line (CPFL)

Daily Cycle CPFL data on a cumulative basis sold down to new Short-term lows last week and last Friday. The indicator remained under selling pressure all five sessions and despite three days on strength last Wednesday through Friday in the major indexes. That upside failure by CPFL suggests options players remain uncertain if not outright unconvinced of this market’s ability to initiate and sustain a meaningful rally.

There is also the fact that CPFL has remained in a marginally deteriorating mode since its February 25 plot highs and in spite of strength to new highs by the major indexes. Clearly, the bullish camp needs to reassert its case, at least in terms of how options players see the market.

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