GMI: 6; put/call ratio bullish?

The GMI is still at a maximum of 6.   There were 364 new yearly highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks.   Gmi1025_2 63% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced on Wednesday, along with 58% of the S&P 500 and 70% of the Dow 30 stocks.   58% of the IBD 100 list stocks from 10/16 rose and 14 of these stocks hit a new high.   Wednesday was the 48th day in   the current QQQQ up-trend.

One of the reasons I was confident of a continued rise in the QQQQ is that the put/call ratio on Tuesday was a high .97.   This means that 97 puts were traded for each 100 calls.   Put options are bets on a stock’s decline while call options are bets on a rise.   Option traders tend to be wrong at the extremes.   A put/call ratio near 1.00 is a high reading and often correlated with a rise in the market.   When many people bet on a decline, the market often rises.   It is noteworthy that when this market shows any sign of weakness, many people bet on a further decline.   Skepticism of the market’s rise tends to be bullish.   You can find the put/call ratio each day in IBD in a small chart inside the S&P 500 chart on the General Market page…….

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