Stock market's short-term trend marked by relative neutrality

NYSE trading volume was up by about 2%

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Market Snapshot for session ending 08-28-12:



Day Change


S&P 500 Index




Dow Jones Industrials




NASDAQ Composite




Value Line Arithmetic Index




Minor Cycle (Short-term trend lasting days to a few weeks) Neutral / Negative

Intermediate Cycle (Medium trend lasting weeks to several months)  Positive / Neutral

Major Cycle (Long-term trend lasting several months to years) Neutral / Positive

Market Overview – What We Know:

  • More indecision prevailed Tuesday when major indexes closed mixed.
  • NYSE trading volume was up by about 2%, but Average Price per Share declined 42 cents to $59.18.
  • To reflect more positive trend on Minor Cycle, S&P 500 would need to rise above upper edge of 10-Day Price Channel (1416.30 through Wednesday).
  • Intermediate Cycle remains positive and would require weakness below lower edge of 10-Week Price Channel (1323.49 through August 31) to turn negative.
  • Short-term Momentum in S&P 500 remains fractionally positive toward “Neutral” while our proprietary Trading Oscillators on Minor Cycle remain positive, but were last moving lower from “Overbought” levels. Intermediate Cycle remains toward “Overbought.”.
  • MAAD was negative Tuesday by 4 to 15 (1 unchanged issue) with MAAD Daily Ratio at “Neutral” (1.00). Daily MAAD continues to hold below peak made July 3. Weekly MAAD Ratio was last moderately “Overbought” at 1.29.
  • CPFL was negative Tuesday by 2.09 to 1 as OEX 100 options volume remained light. CPFL continues to hold below resistance put in place back on April 9. Daily and Weekly CPFL Ratios remain toward moderately “Overbought” levels.
  • Cumulative Volume (CV) failed to confirm strength in S&P 500 and S&P Emini to best levels since June 4 last week.

Market Overview – What We Think:

  • Last Tuesday’s price reversal may have signaled an end to rally in effect since June 4 lows. While Key Reversal Day was signaled in only Dow Jones Industrial Average, all major indexes were negative on week.
  • Ongoing negative divergence by Daily MAAD in face of market strength since MAAD peaked July 3 reflects fact Smart Money has been exiting, if not simply avoiding, equities on net basis. With disparities in place, odds will continue to suggest short to intermediate-term highs could be imminent, if they have not already been reached via last week’s highs.
  • If market turns negative on Minor Cycle and then threatens reversal of Intermediate Cycle positive, long-term uptrend stretching back to March 2009 lows would almost immediately become an issue since trendline is now approximately coincident with those June lows (1266.74—S&P 500). In other words, if June lows are fractured on renewed selling, odds would be good major advance since March 2009 could be finished.
  • If recent rally is legitimate and has more room to go on upside, we continue to wonder about indicator corroboration? We cannot remember instance where market powered higher on long term indefinitely without confirmation from key indicators. Tuesday’s reversal may have finally resolved that dilemma.


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S&P 500 Index

BUY 1412.55

BUY 1415.56

BUY 1416.30

BUY 1416.34

BUY 1416.24

SELL 1323.49

SELL 1229.29

Dow Jones Industrials

BUY 13240.29

BUY 13259.07

BUY 13252.91

BUY 13240.58

BUY 13229.52

SELL 12502.13

SELL 11829.11

NASDAQ Composite

SELL 3029.04

SELL 3036.25

SELL 3041.47

SELL 3044.31

SELL 3045.87

SELL 2840.56

SELL 2616.71

Value Line Index

SELL 2954.59

SELL 2963.05

SELL 2967.45

SELL 2967.73

SELL 2966.70

SELL 2973.41

SELL 2649.82

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