GMI: +4, GMI-S: 25; Small caps weaken; on side lines

The GMI barely held +4 on Friday.  A weak day on Monday could reduce it to 2. The IBD Mutual Fund Index is declining and approaching its 50 day average, suggesting that growth fund managers are having trouble making money in this market environment. The GMI-S is at 25, indicating that only 4 of 16 short term indicators for the DIA, QQQQ, SPY and IJR are positive.  Even the small cap stocks are weakening (see WPM below).  Gmi0210 Only 30% of the 630 stocks that hit a new high ten days ago closed higher Friday than they closed ten days before.  Buying new highs has not been profitable. There were only 100 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks.  Only 36% of stocks are in a short term up trend and only 6% of stocks that doubled in the past year hit a new high on Friday.  64% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced on Friday, along with 59% of the S&P 500 stocks and 70%  of the Dow 30 stocks.  Friday was the sixth day (D-6) in the current short term down trend on the QQQQ…….

I added a new indicator to the table tonight.  Stocks that are in a strong advance tend to close above their 10 day moving average for some time.  This new indicator shows the percentage of stocks that have closed above their 10 day average for the past four days.  19% of the stocks in my universe did so on Friday.  We will watch to see whether this turns out to be a sensitive indicator of the strength of the market….

The WPM showed interesting divergences in the five market indexes last week.  The small and mid cap stocks weakened, even as the DIA, QQQQ and SPY remained stable or strengthened.  Wpm0210 The DIA is now above its 30 day average.  But there were declines in the percentage of the MDY and IJR component stocks that closed above their 30 day averages. And while all five indexes closed above their 30 week averages, there were declines in the percentage of the  components of the MDY and IJR  that closed above their 30 week averages.  This weakening in the strength of the mid and small cap stocks is a startling departure from the recent past and warrants further attention…

The markets remain in a short term down trend.  It makes no sense to fight the market’s trend.  Continued weakness this week will bring about a significant decline in the GMI, and may be the beginning of a serious longer term decline.  This remains a good time to be on the side lines, in cash, in my trading account……

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  1. How about the fact that the NASD and SP-500 broke below their 30 and 50 day MA and remained there? Is it a really bad thing that the 10 day MA also crossed below the 30 day MA?

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