Still positive short-term trend gains negative traction

MAAD & CPFL Review


Market Snapshot for session ending 11-20-13


Net Chg


S&P 500 Index




Dow Jones Industrials




NASDAQ Composite




Value Line Index




Russell 2000




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:

  • Negative tone of stock market gained somewhat more traction Wednesday when all of major indexes once again ended in minus territory. Dow 30 was biggest relative loser 
  • (-.41%).
  • Market volume rose a little under 1%.
  • S&P 500 remains positive on Minor Cycle until lower edge of 10-Day Price Channel (1762.52 through Thursday). Intermediate Cycle remains positive so long as S&P holds above lower edge of 10-Week Price Channel (1667.17 through November 22).
  • VBVI, our VIX-based volatility indicator, was last plotted at 88.67%, down just .25 from Tuesday’s 88.92%. Monday’s high at 98.48% was highest level since October 9 low (94.18%).
  • Daily MAAD was negative again Wednesday with 6 issues higher, 13 lower, and one unchanged. Indicator made new high and reached best level since March 2009 last Friday. Daily MAAD remains above uptrend line stretching back to November 2012. Daily MAAD Ratio was last heading toward “Neutral” (1.12%).
  • Daily CPFL was fractionally negative Wednesday after rallying to best level since October 9 short-term low on Monday. Indicator remains below June 11 short to intermediate-term high, uptrend line stretching back to October 2011, and major resistance peak made February 2011. CPFL Daily Ratio was last marginally “Overbought” at 1.20%.

Market Overview – What We Think:

  • It remains to be seen if marginal net selling in major indexes over past few sessions will prove to be beginning of short-term reversal, or mere pull back in Minor Cycle advance begun October 9. Given near-term “Overbought” price-based oscillators, we are drifting more toward first option.
  • Selling in face of upside failure in short-term Momentum, near “Overbought” conditions in VBVI, and fact Daily MAAD has been anemic into price strength recently could mean Minor Cycle positive is on borrowed time.
  • Move to new highs by 80% of indexes last week was bullish to extent prices rallied, but we know this short-term uptrend begun after October 9 lows has been exhibiting signs of vulnerability. But until confirmed short-term reversal develops, burden of proof still rests with bears.
  • Until pricing breaks below lower edges of 10-Day Price Channels, however, Minor Cycle uptrend initiated October 9 will remain intact.

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








S&P 500 Index

SELL 1756.82

SELL 1757.75

SELL 1758.39

SELL 1762.52

SELL 1768.11

SELL 1667.17

SELL 1500.00

Dow Jones Industrials

SELL 15605.12

SELL 15627.05

SELL 15639.90

SELL 15674.03

SELL 15717.57

SELL 15000.53

SELL 13944.86

NASDAQ Composite

SELL 3896.89

SELL 3896.53

SELL 3896.15

SELL 3905.16

SELL 3917.13

SELL 3672.28

SELL 3145.05

Value Line Index

SELL 4133.34

SELL 4134.68

SELL 4136.24

SELL 4145.73

SELL 4158.40

SELL 3936.08

SELL 3358.97

Russell 2000

SELL 1091.45

SELL 1091.49

SELL 1091.94

SELL 1094.34

SELL 1097.36

SELL 1048.26

SELL 887.74

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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