GMI: 5; IBD 100 stocks outperform

The GMI rose to 5, as 39% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks advanced on Friday along with 33% of the S&P 500 and 20% of the Dow 30 stocks.   Gmi1103_1 There were 104 new yearly highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks. However, only 49% of the Nasdaq 100 stocks closed above their 30 day averages, down from a high of 88% on October 16.   The Daily QQQQ index is very close to turning negative.   The next few days will tell the story.   Last week I lightened up on my weaker stocks and was stopped out of several.   It pays to be defensive when the indexes decline so much.   However, the QQQQ up-trend completed its 55th day and the QQQQ has closed above its 10 week average for 12 straight weeks. During this time the QQQQ has advanced 8.7% and 69 of the Nasdaq 100 stocks have advanced, 41 of them are up 10% or more.   In the same period, 74% of the S&P 500 stocks advanced, 30% rose more than 10%.   So, the time since August 16 has been good to those of us who went long.

On Friday, the IBD 100 type stocks outperformed the Nasdaq 100 tech stocks.   Ibdperf1103 58-69% of the stocks in four recent IBD 100 lists advanced on Friday, compared with only 39% of the Nasdaq 100 tech stocks.   None of these lists has many new highs, however.   The statistics in this table suggest that most stocks closed on Friday below their prices when the IBD 100 lists were published.   It will be interesting to see whether Friday’s relatively stronger performance suggests that traders will be buying the stronger growth stocks in the next few weeks…..

GMI: 4; GMI-S: 44; Tough times for the IBD 100

The GMI declined to 4.   Gmi1102_2 Only 35% of the 248 stocks that hit a new high 10 days ago closed higher on Thursday than they closed 10 days ago.   Thus, buying stocks at new highs 10 days ago has not been profitable–a major sign of market weakness.   Only 90 stocks in my universe of 4,000 stocks hit a new high on Thursday.   46-51% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes advanced. Only 36% of the stocks from Ibdperf1102 the IBD 100 list on 10/16 rose on Thursday and only 28% closed higher than they did on 10/16–this market has been rough on IBD 100 growth stocks. In addition, an IJR short term indicator turned negative, reducing the GMI-S to 44.   Thursday was the 54th day of the QQQQ up-trend.

GMI: 6; GMI-S: 50

A pretty rough day on Wednesday,Gmi1101_2 although the GMI is still   at 6.   Only 12-23% of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and Dow 30 indexes advanced.   But there were still 204 new highs in my universe of 4,000 stocks.   The GMI-S fell to 50, signifying that only one half of the short term indicators for four indexes remain positive.   I sold my weakest holding on Wednesday and will lighten up if this market continues to weaken.   It is not unusual to see weakness at the beginning of the month after most earnings have come out.   I will try to hold on for an expected end of year rally, but I will not fight the GMI…..