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Stock Market: Bubble Continues Upwards with Hiccups

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The big guns are playing games with usuns yanking the Market Indexes around.  Most have decided to stay this round out unless they are very adept at very short term plays both upwards and downwards.  Look what just happened a few days ago when the S&P 1500 dropped 6.3 buckets down in one day only to go up 5.5 the very next day…net result is game playing.

Hiccups Picture

The RUT, Midcap, and Small Cap stocks have taken the brunt of the hit and are the laggards, but the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ are still near new highs, i.e., we continue to have a biforcated market:

Hiccups Indexes

However, the tell-tale news is that the Accumulation : Distribution Ratio A+B:D+E has deteriorated to Stalemate:

Hiccups abcde

Our Favorite picture shows the Bubble Hiccup very well and it has been two months since we had a similar fracas:

Hiccups Pat

…And the twin picture to the above also shows the long rally of close to two months before the Knee-Jerk occured:

Hiccups Pat2

Now for some “New Good Stuff” relating to the Mid Term Presidential Cycle.  Here is a neat picture of the Largest Corrections from 1930 onwards for the Mid-Term Election Years…the 4 Year Cycle, which my good friend Bob Meagher unearthed for me.  It shows that the Median Correction is -17.12% and no wonder the pundits make a song and dance everytime this rolls around.  There have been nine times when the number has been less and 12 times where it has been greater, with the heaviest damage in 2002 of -34.69% after the bubble:

Hiccups Presidentialpng

Now let’s look at the last 24 years for both Largest Ups and Downs of more than 4% in each of those years:

Hiccups Presidential2

…And here is a plot of that same picture to give you a feel for what the chart looks like:

Hiccups Presidential3

I’m sure you are scratching your heads and saying “So What, Ian, is there a pony in here?”  Well, you know me in that my first answer is that the result is in the lap of the gods.  But I never shy away from a challenge so my next answer is that we should certainly see a -8% correction for all of the reasons I have given you in the past.  Then what?  Unfortunately, that answer depends on the state of the world in the next 3 months or so…Wars, Mexican Border, Economy and Jobs, Healthcare…the usual stuff on our plate these days.  My short response is that if it is worse than -12% who cares, as for sure most of us would have prudently hunkered down and protected our nest eggs long before then.

Chew on this fodder and if you have any bright ideas let me know what you think.

Best Regards,


Stock Market: The Bubble Continues Upwards and Onwards

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Stock Market remains strong and continues to move upwards and onwards.  Yes, we had a pull back today with a pause to refresh, but there does not seem to be any signs of fatigue:

Upwards Picture

Looking back over the history of the S&P 1500 since March 2003, it became evident for the purpose of our needs that measuring from March to March rather than the usual Calendar Year gives us a handy picture, since both Key Market Lows were in March of 2003 and 2009, and most highs before a correction have also been in March!  Anyway, the numbers are nicely summarized for you:

Upwards History

It doesn’t take two minutes to see that we are very extended, but play along with one eye on the exits and tight stops.  We had a pullback today, but until we see a 2% drop in one day will there be any sign that there is a start to the correction in earnest:

Upwards Indexes

The Acc/Dist Ratio remains strong at 4:1, but is showing signs of peaking and is at Historical highs:

Upwards abcde

Grandma’s Pies also confirms we are in overbought territory, and it was expected we were on borrowed time for a pullback:

Upwards pies

We have had a long run of five weeks where the bulls have led the way, and today we had a pullback as we would expect:

Upwards pat

Here’s a new chart for you to digest which demonstrates that the normal cycle for %B up, down or sideways is between 12 and 16 days:

Upwards drummers

The NASDAQ almost reached its next target of 4500 before the pullback today which held at 4451.53:

Upwards Nasdaq

This next slide shows the same parameters but this time for the Composite of ALL eight Market Indexes which also shows that %B is above the Upper Bollinger Band at 1.06.  We can also see that this is the area where things peak and we are due to correct:

Upwards Composite

Now for a change in topic…the Jobs Report which is looking a lot better of late, and maybe a sign of a Better Economy to come:

Upwards Jobs

…And here is the History for the monthly Jobs Report since October 2010, which shows the recent reports are encouraging:

Upwards Jobs2

Good luck and Best Regards,


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