GMI: +5; Stay the course and watch the 10-day for the QQQQ

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Well, things held today with the GMI remaining at +5.  Gmi609r_1 There were only 116 new highs in my universe of 4.000 stocks, the lowest number in 11 days.  However, 70% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks rose, along with 63% of the S&P 500 stocks and 50% of the Dow 30 stocks.  The QQQQ uptrend is in its 24th trading day (U-24).  However, the QQQQ has completed its 3rd day below its 10 day moving average–an ominous sign (see dotted line on chart).  Qqqq609 A close tomorrow below 37.67 would begin to worry me.

I am therefore glad that I am holding "put insurance" (see yesterday’s post) on my most volatile positions (CME and GOOG).  Both stocks went up today.  I would not take on new positions until the QQQQ closes above its 10 day average, now at 38.12.  The QQQQ closed today at 37.95.  Sharply rising stocks, including the QQQQ index, tend to remain above their rising 10 day average.  A close below the average may not be a sell signal, but it serves as a yellow light to me.  One look at the chart above should convince you. 

I am sometimes struck by how focused my comments are exclusively on price and volume trends.  I think discussions about the Fed, world events, and other economic factors merely obfuscate the true nature of the market.  As I have written before, if a truck is bearing down on me as I cross the street, I do not care why it is coming or whether it should be happening–I must react to the action immediately to survive.

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