Stock market trend still positive although indicators waning

Weekly Report: MAAD and CPFL Indicator Analysis

Conclusion

More small gains. More so-so volume. More half-hearted indicator action. That was the nature of stock market activity again last week. What has become evident since the spring of 2011 is that intermediate-term cyclicality has diminished in terms of duration and, as a consequence, the extent of moves, up or down, has also decreased. Price action since November is no exception to that rule.

What the diminution of cyclicality and price movement tells us is that the levels of commitment by either bulls or bears has become more tightly defined as compared to the grand sweeping up move off of the March 2009 lows when bulls were decidedly in control. Or the high volatility, high volume decline from the summer of 2008 into those March 2009 lows when the bears were in charge.

In a bull trend it takes both commitment and volume to sustain a move. And relative to the 106% gain from March 2009 until May 2011, we do not view a niggling 10.7% gain in the bellwether market index since then with no indicator confirmation as a reason to believe a “new paradigm” is in effect. Some indexes, issues, and some mutual funds haven’t even done was well as the S&P since May 2011. As a consequence, we continue to wonder if its Caveat Emptor time with a déjà vu kicker.

MAAD Daily data for past 30 days*

CPFL Daily data for past 30 days

Date

NYSE Adv

NYSE Dec

Date

OEX Call $Volume

OEX Put $Volume

12-27-12

4

16

12-27-12

13740

15048

12-28-12

3

17

12-28-12

9876

20514

12-31-12

19

0

12-31-12

66137

7704

1-1-13

Holiday

 

1-1-13

Holiday

 

1-2-13

18

2

1-2-13

41038

18210

1-3-13

8

12

1-3-13

27988

14827

1-4-13

16

4

1-4-13

15918

9326

1-7-13

8

12

1-7-13

12111

9021

1-8-13

5

15

1-8-13

30884

8826

1-9-13

11

9

1-9-13

6980

9587

1-10-13

17

3

1-10-13

17253

12394

1-11-13

10

10

1-11-13

21372

8073

1-14-13

8

11

1-14-13

25044

8390

1-15-13

10

10

1-15-13

6735

7626

1-16-13

10

10

1-16-13

9145

14231

1-17-13

11

8

1-17-13

17630

15208

1-18-13

12

7

1-18-13

30618

15985

1-22-13

11

9

1-22-13

13881

14187

1-23-13

8

12

1-23-13

11642

7175

1-24-13

11

9

1-24-13

12868

13706

1-25-13

15

5

1-25-13

45897

12776

1-28-13

10

9

1-28-13

9419

33969

1-29-13

12

8

1-29-13

12384

7416

1-30-13

10

10

1-30-13

13203

10238

1-31-13

6

14

1-31-13

4509

11894

2-1-13

17

3

2-1-13

17057

14662

2-4-13

4

16

2-4-13

18445

18181

2-5-13

17

3

2-5-13

25202

18738

2-6-13

11

9

2-6-13

22708

6372

2-7-13

6

14

2-7-13

10706

8964

2-8-13

12

8

2-8-13

11757

10102

*Note: Unchanged issues are not counted.

MAAD Weekly data for past 30 Weeks**

CPFL data for past 30 Weeks

Date

NYSE Adv

NYSE Dec

Date

OEX Call $Volume

OEX Put $Volume

7-20-12

11

9

7-20-12

155286

106164

7-27-12

15

5

7-27-12

469554

55021

8-3-12

14

4

8-3-12

189964

56326

8-10-12

18

2

8-10-12

127913

51441

8-17-12

11

9

8-17-12

168381

34193

8-24-12

5

14

8-24-12

61567

91299

8-31-12

4

16

8-31-12

27713

56889

9-7-12

17

2

9-7-12

192729

30202

9-14-12

17

3

9-14-12

295058

62406

9-21-12

4

16

9-21-21

140898

41443

9-28-12

6

14

9-28-28

68066

104869

10-5-12

15

5

10-5-12

82790

46425

10-12-12

4

16

10-12-12

23119

203431

10-19-12

10

10

10-19-12

40632

219576

10-26-12

6

14

10-26-12

43539

151159

11-2-12

15

5

11-2-12

31681

39436

11-9-12

0

20

11-9-12

51223

261506

11-16-12

3

17

11-16-12

104817

333252

11-23-12

18

2

11-23-12

136708

34280

11-30-12

12

8

11-30-12

152468

59828

12-7-12

15

5

12-7-12

53407

49271

12-14-12

10

10

12-14-12

51445

98445

12-21-12

14

6

12-21-12

216650

126720

12-28-12

5

15

12-28-12

19431

48587

1-4-13

19

1

1-4-13

142605

25100

1-11-13

13

5

1-11-13

90566

22250

1-18-13

11

8

1-18-13

75858

37446

1-25-13

12

7

1-25-13

67580

24811

2-1-13

14

6

2-1-13

47418

27737

2-8-13

10

9

2-8-13

79635

31633

*Note: All data is for calendar week ending on Friday even though ending date may be a holiday. Unchanged issues in MAAD calculations are not counted.

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About the Author
Robert McCurtain

Robert McCurtain is a technical analyst/market timer, private investor and financial markets consultant based in New York City. He can be reached at traderbob@nyc.rr.com.

If you would like to read more about how the CPFL is constructed, read a Futures article on the concept. This link will take you to the MAAD article. A two-part series about system development with the MAAD also is available. 

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