Nasdaq Composite hits new high while others lag

Market volume rose 18.2%


Market Snapshot for session ending 7-30-13


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) Positive / Neutral

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:

  • NASDAQ Composite index rallied to highest levels since March 2009 Tuesday via intraday and closing highs. S&P 500, Dow 30, and Value Line index remain below recent highs.
  • Market volume rose 18.2%.
  • NYSE advance/decline data was negative by 1.04 to 1 Tuesday with NYSE up/down volume also negative by 1.04 to 1. NASDAQ a/d was positive by 1.12 to 1, however, with up/down volume ahead by 2.00 to 1.
  • Short-term trend would become unfavorable if S&P 500 declines below lower edge of 10-Day Price Channel (1682.89 through Wednesday). Intermediate Cycle remains positive until S&P sells below lower edge of 10-Week Price Channel (1597.77 through August 2).
  • VIX-based short-term volatility indicator remains in zone of higher risk.
  • Daily MAAD was positive Tuesday with 10 issues higher, 7 lower, and 3 unchanged. Indicator remains below peak made July 18, but could hit new high for move with only slightly more buying. Daily MAAD Ratio was “Neutral” at 1.01.
  • Daily CPFL was negative Tuesday by 1.88 to 1. Indicator remains below new short to intermediate-term high reached June 11 and uptrend line stretching back to November lows. Daily CPFL Ratio was “Neutral” at 1.09.
  • Cumulative Volume (CV) in S&P 500, S&P 500 Emini futures contract, and Dow 30 has remained weak relative to pricing since short-term advance began on June 24.

Market Overview – What We Think:

  • We’re not quite ready to throw in towel on short-term advance begun back on June 24. New high in NASDAQ Composite Tuesday is part of reason, but “Neutral” readings in Daily MAAD and CPFL Ratios are another. And both series could make new highs for move with relative ease. And fact indexes are so close to recent highs could mean short-term advance might still have some life left.
  • Nonetheless, downside break below 10-Day Price Channels would likely ring death knell on short-term rally. Since all major indexes remain above lower edges of 10-Day Price Channels, albeit “Overbought” on Minor Cycle, short-term positive remains a coin flipper.
  • Also, failure of S&P, Dow 30, and VAY to make new highs with NASDAQ could tip scales negatively in favor of at least short-term correction. Lingering Minor Cycle “Overbought” levels based on pricing, vulnerability of our VIX-based volatility indicator, and fact short-term Momentum has confirmed none of strength since July 11 could be evidence of more bearish resolution.
  • And negative divergent action in Cumulative Volume (CV) in S&P 500, S&P Emini, and Dow 30 could be a hint short-term rally is somehow different from all previous Minor Cycle moves since intermediate lows were made last November 16. Weaker hands appear to have driven prices higher since June 24, as compared to other rally phases over past several months.


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








S&P 500 Index

SELL 1677.77

SELL 1681.55

SELL 1682.89

SELL 1683.14

SELL 1682.24

SELL 1597.77

SELL 1422.19

Dow Jones Industrials

SELL 15444.33

SELL 15470.90

SELL 15483.15

SELL 15483.56

SELL 15471.95

SELL 14849.26

SELL 13195.39

NASDAQ Composite

SELL 3583.48

SELL 3585.28

SELL 3584.77

SELL 3584.00

SELL 3583.11

SELL 3365.13

SELL 3007.61

Value Line Index

SELL 3888.59

SELL 3900.85

SELL 3904.79

SELL 3906.55

SELL 3905.69

SELL 3627.41

SELL 3107.83

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.

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