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Global Stocks Markets Navigating Eye of the Financial Crisis Hurricane

Stock-Markets / Financial Crash Sep 25, 2009 - 02:12 PM GMT

By: Andy_Sutton


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs global stock markets navigate through the eye of the ongoing financial hurricane, it becomes increasingly important for investors still impacted by these markets to be able to gauge when the storm’s fury will reassert itself and plan accordingly. By all measures, there are a healthy number of individual investors still in the stock markets in one way or another who are hoping to recover everything lost in 2008.

The good news is they’ve gotten a nice chunk back. If they’ve been proactive as we’ve advocated, then they’re ahead of the game. However, it is important to note that we are operating within the context of a bear market rally; and this bear market still has a lot of teeth left. I am writing this article now, before the DJIA cracks 10,000, because once it does no one will be listening and the opportunity will have been lost.

The Hindenburg Omen

Once it has been established that we are in fact looking for a top, the next order of business is to try to get a handle on when that top might occur. This week we’ll take a look at once such indicator; the Hindenburg Omen. Before we even start it must be said that this indicator is not a be all end all and should only be used in conjunction with other technical indicators, a broad understanding of the macroeconomic environment, and a healthy dose of common sense. It is merely a tool. It is not a magic wand. Such things do not exist.

Essentially, the Hindenburg Omen is an indicator of underlying divergence in the movement of the issues traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It is stock market sonar, meant to scan underneath apparently placid waters, searching out turbulence beneath the surface. Merely looking at the daily progression of the price of the major market indexes will not glean any light whatsoever on the actual internal condition of the markets. Examples of such divergence generally happen around major tops, which is what the Omen has been rather good at sniffing out. In the past 25 years there has not been a major market crash event without a confirmed Hindenburg Omen. However, to be fair, it must also be said that every Hindenburg Omen has not resulted in a market crash during this same period of time.

Hindenburg Omen Criteria

There are 5 criteria that must be observed on a particular day in order for a Hindenburg Omen to be registered. They are:

  • 52-week Highs and Lows must both be greater than 2.2% of the issues traded on NYSE.
  • The lower of the Highs/Lows must be greater than 75.
  • The 10-Week NYSE Moving Average must be increasing
  • The McClellan Oscillator must be negative.
  • The 52-week Highs cannot be more than twice the number of 52-week Lows, but the number of Lows can be more than twice that of the Highs.
  • An optional condition for the Hindenburg Omen, which has been found to be extremely beneficial in honing the accuracy of the indicator, is a confirmation within 36 trading days of the initial observation. So in order to have a confirmed HO, two observations need to be made within 36 trading days of each other.

Let’s take a look at the Hindenburg Omens of the past 25 years. It is important to note that the indicator is not exclusively prescient. It will sometimes trigger prior to a crash event, sometimes it is coincident with the beginning of the crash event (the market top), and sometimes it comes slightly after the crash has begun.

Historical Occurrences

In the past 25 years, there have been 27 confirmed Hindenburg Omens and 191 individual occurrences of the Omen. Thus, the rate of occurrence was around 3%. Here’s the breakdown of what happened after those 27 confirmed Hindenburg Omens:

DJIA decline of 15% or more: 8 times or 30%

DJIA decline of 10-14.9%: 3 times or 11%

DJIA decline of 5-9.9%: 10 times or 37%

DJIA decline less than 5%: 6 times or 22%

Of the last group, 2 of the declines were less than 2% and therefore considered ‘failures’ in terms of the predictive value of the signal. Looking at it a different way, there is a near 78% chance that a confirmed Hindenburg Omen will result in a 5% or greater decline in the DJIA. In the context of the current position of the DJIA, we would have a 78% chance of at least a 500 point drop if we had a confirmed HO. Fortunately, as of this time we do not, and in fact do not have even an unconfirmed observation.

Below is the chart of data for the Confirmed Hindenburg Omens shown. Incidentally, there is no relationship at all between the number of observations and the magnitude of the resultant decline (Correlation between series: -0.01)

Date of First Signal Number of Observations Dow Jones % Decline
6/6/2008 6 47.3%
10/16/2007 9 16.3%
6/13/2007 8 7.1%
4/7/2006 9 7.0%
9/21/2005 5 2.2%
4/13/2004 5 5.4%
6/20/2002 5 23.9%
6/20/2001 2 25.5%
3/12/2001 4 11.4%
9/15/2000 9 12.4%
7/26/2000 3 9.0%
1/24/2000 6 16.4%
6/15/1999 2 6.7%
7/2/1998 1 19.7%
2/22/1998 2 0.2%
12/11/1997 11 5.8%
6/12/1996 3 8.8%
10/09/1995 6 1.7%
9/19/1994 7 8.2%
1/25/1994 14 9.6%
11/03/1993 3 2.1%
12/02/1991 9 3.5%
6/27/1990 17 16.3%


Where do We Stand Currently?

Based on 9/24/2009 closing numbers, this is where the various requirements for a Hindenburg Omen stand:

52-Week Highs: 157 (4.97%) - Met
52-Week Lows: 3 (.10%) - Not met
Lower Greater than 75? - Not met
52-Week Highs < 2X greater than 52-Week Lows – Not met
10-Week MA: Rising - Met
McClellan Oscillator: -112.34 - Met

The above analysis indicates that while some requirements have already been met, that the level of bearish divergence necessary to generate the required number of 52-week lows still doesn’t exist. Keep in mind that these numbers change daily and therefore, must be watched continuously.

Worth Noting

Two failures of a confirmed Hindenburg Omen to predict a more significant drop in the DJIA during the past 25 years were accompanied by significant liquidity injections by the Federal Reserve to stave off the decline. Chalk these up to either coincidence or overt market manipulation. These injections were $155 and $148 Billion and occurred in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Just three years later, multiple trillions were required and were still not enough to keep a 50% crash at bay. This alone should reinforce the notion of a hyperbolic growth in debt, leverage, and systemic risk.

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By Andy Sutton

Andy Sutton holds a MBA with Honors in Economics from Moravian College and is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society in Economics. His firm, Sutton & Associates, LLC currently provides financial planning services to a growing book of clients using a conservative approach aimed at accumulating high quality, income producing assets while providing protection against a falling dollar. For more information visit

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JG Savoldi
27 Sep 09, 02:00
50% Crash Coming

Nice job Andy. Market participants are back in greed mode and I blame it 100% on the relentless intervention last year. It's that dynamic that appears to have created an unprecidented level of complacency in my work.

Our BAM Model is more bearish than it was at the all-time high in 2007 and we're calling for a 50% crash.

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