Market hit again as S&P, Dow move toward intermediate cliff

MAAD & CPFL Report


Market Snapshot for session ending 1-29-14


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) Negative

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

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

* Cycle status is based on S&P 500.

Market Overview – What We Know:

  • Resumption of selling Wednesday pushed all of major indexes lower to new short-term lows with S&P 500, Dow 30 threatening negativity on larger Intermediate Cycle underway since November 2012. COMPX, VALUA, and TFY are in close pursuit on downside.
  • Market volume decreased 4.9% Wednesday.
  • S&P 500 is currently negative on Minor Cycle and must rally above upper edge of 10-Day Price Channel (1845.83 through Thursday) to indicate more positive near-term tone. Lower edge of 10-Week Price Channel on Intermediate Cycle becomes challenged below 1781.63 through January 31.
  • VBVI, our VIX-based volatility indicator, sank Wednesday to 43.00% from Tuesday’s 51.33%. Indicator is not yet into “Oversold” territory, however. VBVI on Intermediate Cycle was last toward “Overbought” at 88.51%.
  • Daily MAAD was negative by 4 to 16 Wednesday and remained below new high made January 15. Indicator is also noticeably below defined uptrend line stretching back to November 2012 lows, but Daily MAAD has shown less deterioration than index pricing Daily MAAD Ratio was negative into “Oversold” territory at .61.
  • Daily CPFL was negative by 3.60 to 1 Wednesday and was holding below new high made January 23 at best level since early August 2011. Daily CPFL Ratio was marginally “Overbought” at 1.26.

Market Overview – What We Think:

  • More selling Wednesday not only extended losses on near-term trend, but it brought pricing in S&P 500 and Dow 30 closer to negative resolution on Intermediate Cycle while also creating first signs of near-term “Oversold” conditions. COMPX, VALUA, and TFY are trending in same negative direction, but remain some less unfavorable than S&P and Dow.
  • What could be developing issue could be “Oversold” conditions relative to Intermediate Cycle statistical support. If any meaningful rebounding is going to develop it should begin to develop soon. If not and further selling develops, likelihood of confirmed Intermediate Cycle negation of uptrend since November 2012 would be likely.
  • In fact, Daily MAAD movement to new short-term low after penetrating uptrend line in effect for past 14 months is not a positive in favor of new highs. While we would have liked a negative indicator divergence into recent highs, fact MAAD now looks negative on short-term trend is something bulls must overcome since if suggests Smart Money is shifting to sell side.
  • Underscoring recent short-term negativity, its possible longer-term “Overbought” conditions may be finally beginning to bite pricing. As we have suggested repeatedly, however, unless short-term negative has definitive effect on larger intermediate trend, any near-term pull back could once again prove to be just a correction in larger cycle.
  • But nothing but new highs would reassert bull market begun in March 2009.

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








S&P 500 Index

BUY 1844.74

BUY 1845.86

BUY 1846.32

BUY 1845.83

BUY 1842.50

SELL 1781.63

SELL 1551.80

Dow Jones Industrials

BUY 16480.26

BUY 16485.05

BUY 16477.87

BUY 16458.02

BUY 16410.15

SELL 15847.31

SELL 14355.21

NASDAQ Composite

BUY 4197.01

BUY 4204.90

BUY 4214.56

BUY 4218.60

BUY 4216.86

SELL 3989.18

SELL 3288.16

Value Line Index

BUY 4388.60

BUY 4383.58

BUY 4398.72

BUY 4402.61

BUY 4399.44

SELL 4195.25

SELL 3527.53

Russell 2000

BUY 1168.42

BUY 1170.40

BUY 1172.96

BUY 1174.99

BUY 1173.76

SELL 1112.77

SELL 933.67

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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