S&P erases Tuesday’s gains, threatens near-term negative

VIX signals end of the uptrend.

Market Snapshot for session ending 5-29-13




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

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


* Cycle status is based on S&P 500.


Market Overview – What We Know:

-- On Wednesday, major indexes gave back lion’s share of gains made Tuesday. All were negative and all continue to flirt with trend reversal to negative on Minor Cycle. -- Market volume rose 2.2% yesterday. -- Minor, Intermediate, and Major Cycles remain positive, but toward “Overbought.” -- Our volatility indicator based on VIX data remains positioned to signal end of uptrend begun after April 18 short-term low. -- To confirm negativity on short term, S&P 500 would need to sell below lower edge of 10-Day Price Channel (1648.60 through Thursday). Intermediate Cycle in S&P 500 remains positive until 1538.83 through May 31. -- Daily MAAD was negative by 9 to 10 Wednesday and remains below new short to intermediate-term high hit May 21. Daily MAAD Ratio was marginally “Overbought” at 1.25. -- CPFL was positive by 1.6 to 1 Wednesday Tuesday with Dollar Value Flow Line holding marginally below short to intermediate high reached last Thursday. CPFL Ratio remains “Overbought” territory at 1.72.




Price Channel Stops (10-Bar MAs of Highs/Lows )                                     



                             5/27             5/28            5/29            5/30             5/31           5/31            5/31

S&P 500 Index


SELL 1648.25

SELL 1649.79

SELL 1648.60

SELL 1647.24

SELL 1538.83

SELL 1360.47

Dow Jones Industrials


SELL 15207.56

SELL 15228.36

SELL 15229.14

SELL 15231.02

SELL 14379.32

SELL 12701.94

NASDAQ Composite


SELL 3460.59

SELL 3461.24

SELL 3456.14

SELL 3452.47

SELL 3185.53

SELL 2896.99

Value Line Index


SELL 3724.33

SELL 3726.56

SELL 3722.36

SELL 3719.12

SELL 3435.05

SELL 2895.29


Market Overview – What We Think:

-- Major indexes continue to flirt with short-term negativity by continuing to tease lower edges of 10-Day Price Channels. Wednesday’s reversal to negative after what looked like short-covering rally Tuesday underscores that point.

-- In wake of possible Key Reversal Day last Wednesday, a Minor Cycle reversal to negative in this environment would not be surprising. -- Nothing but new highs above last Wednesday’s intraday high (1687.18—S&P 500) would end validity of KRD. New high would then resume intermediate-term uptrend begun November 16.

-- Market strength since April 18 short-term low could be 5th, and final, “wave” of Intermediate Cycle rally begun November 16. Five waves are especially noticeable in our Daily MAAD chart with potential final Wave 5 also showing an upward “spike” in activity. -- Uptick in volatility and threat to reverse positive trend since April 18 is consistent with near-term topping action, as are lingering “Overbought” conditions on all cycles. -- But so long as Intermediate Cycle remains intact, all near-term pullbacks must be regarded as merely corrective.





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.

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