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Stock Market’s Internals Improving; Volume Remains Light

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2010 Sep 16, 2010 - 11:40 AM GMT

By: Chris_Ciovacco

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The stock market’s internals are healthier than they have been in seven weeks. The CCM Bull Market Sustainability Index (BMSI) has poked its head out of neutral territory and into the very low-end of bullish territory. Wednesday’s BMSI reading came in at 2,036. We designed the BMSI as an “it’s time to pay attention” index. It is telling us to pay attention right now as the BMSI sits on the neutral-to-bullish line of demarcation.


The ongoing problem with the current market is lack of buying conviction and/or tepid volume relative to what we want to see to confirm the market’s improving internals. The top end of the S&P 500’s current trading range on a closing basis is 1,127; intraday was 1,131. On a weekly closing basis, the number to watch is 1,122. If we can close above 1,122 on the S&P 500 this week, that would be another step in the right direction. In terms of possible investment strategies above and below 1,131 on the S&P 500, Investment Contingency Plans 2010-2011 outlines attractive asset class mixes based on several market scenarios.

The daily CCM 80-20 Correction Index closed yesterday at 465, which is not all that concerning. Of the 56 significant market corrections we studied to develop the 80-20 Correction Index, only one of them occurred with a daily 80-20 value lower than 465. This means 98% of significant market reversals occurred after hitting higher 80-20 Correction Index levels than what we have today.

On a pullback, we have the 50-day moving average (MA), the 89-day MA, and an upward-sloping trendline intersecting near 1,090. If we can move higher, which may come after a pullback, 1,150 is a logical area of possible resistance.

With the Bank of Japan intervening in the currency markets, we will have to keep an eye on the U.S. dollar. The research piece Yen Intervention: Impact on U.S. Dollar, Copper, Oil, Silver, and Gold looks at the last period of yen intervention (2003-2004), which may help shed some light on possible investment outcomes in the present day.

By Chris Ciovacco
Ciovacco Capital Management

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