NYSE New Highs Come In Extremely Strong Shortly After SPX New Low

One notable from Friday was that the number of NYSE new highs expanded to the largest number in over a year. That’s quite remarkable considering the SPX closed at a 50-day low just 4 days ago. In looking at my new high data going back to 1970, I looked for other times where the NYSE new highs count reached the largest level in over a year within 1 week of a 50-day SPX low. I only found 3 other instances. All 3 saw further rallying over the next month, but returns after 1 month were very different. Charts of each instance can be found below.




So the previous 3 times we saw such an extreme there were solid gains posted over the next month, but no consistency after that. Of course three instances is too few to put any real faith in. Still, I thought the action was interesting and notable, even if for nothing else than it is so unusual.


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The Quantifiable Edges CBI Rises 10 Points In One Day

The Quantifiable Edges CBI has spiked over the last few days. After closing at a basically neutral “4” on Wednesday, it rose to 6 on Thursday, and then posted an extra-large jump higher to 16 on Friday. In the CBI Research Paper I showed that a CBI total of 10 or more has generally been a bullish sign. But Friday saw the CBI rise by 10 points on just that day. That is a very strong 1-day change. Below I examined all other instances where the CBI spiked by at least 10 points in 1 day.


The setup is rare, but there are some very strong numbers here. Over the next week the average instance gained 3.85%, and the average 18-day % gain was 6.7%. Below is a look at all the individual instances.


It appears the bounces have typically been strong, but they have not always been immediate. 2002, 2008, and 2015 all show some additional scary selling before the big reversal arrived. The CBI is suggesting a strong chance of a sizable bounce at some point this week. It may or may not begin on Monday.


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An Updated Look At Memorial Week Historical $SPX Performance

The week of Memorial Day has shown some interesting seasonal tendencies over the years. But it has been less consistent recently. The chart below is one I have shown in the past, and have now updated. It examines SPX performance from the Friday before Memorial Day to the Friday after it.


There was no substantial edge apparent throughout the 70s, but starting in 1983 through 2009 there was a bullish tendency. The last 9 years this week has been inconsistent. That said, Thursday continues to look seasonally strong, and I will update that study later this week.


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Another Quant Edges Swing Trading Course Q&A Webinar Added / Recording from Monday Available

With questions continuing to pour in about the new Quant Edges Sing Trading Course, I have added one more live webinar today at 12:15pm EST today, in case you would like come and ask questions there.  Click here for login info to Wednesday’s webinar.

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Why The Failed Bounce Is Not A Signal To Sell

After closing at a 20-day low on Thursday, the market put in a bounce attempt on Friday. Monday’s decline to a new low meant that initial bounce attempt failed. But in last night’s subscriber letter we saw several studies that showed the “failed bounce” was more likely to see another bounce attempt than it was to sell off further. The study below triggered in yesterday’s Quantifinder, and it is one of the “failed bounce” studies we looked at.


The stats here are suggestive of a bullish edge looking out over the next 1-4 days. Monday was disappointing for the bulls, but the studies I am seeing suggest such a disappointment has typically not been a good time to bail out of long positions. The odds favor another bounce attempt triggering soon.


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CBI Hits 10+ While $SPX is in a Long-Term Uptrend

It is notable that the Quantifiable Edges Capitulative Breadth Indicator (CBI) closed at 10 on Thursday. Below is a study that shows other times the CBI reached 10 while the SPX was above its 200ma.


A very high percentage of instances closed higher when looking out 4 or more days. The numbers certainly seem to point to a bullish edge. Below is a profit curve that assumes a 5-day holding period.


As you can see, the lone loser was the 1st instance, which took place in 1996. Overall, the curve looks great. We’ll see if the historical tendency can overcome the trade war negatives. There is a lot that is strongly oversold and overdue a bounce, and that is what the CBI tells us.



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When QQQ Gaps Down Big From A High

Trump’s tweets on Sunday have put the market in a state of disarray. After closing Friday at an all-time high, QQQ is set to gap down nearly 2% this morning. Below is a look at other times QQQ gapped down at least 1% to open the day after closing at a 200-day high the day before.


Instances are quite low. It is very rare to see the market gap down such a substantial amount after posting a new high. There is also no real consistency among the results. To increase sample size, I also looked at 1% gaps down from 50-day highs.


Numbers here are not overwhelming. With only a sample size of 15 this does not appear to be a compelling edge. But they are a little disheartening if you are hoping for an immediate bounce on Monday morning. It is obviously a bit more suggestive of a further selloff than it is a rally.



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When the Jobs Report Sparks the NASDAQ to Rally to a New High

The employment report was the catalyst for the big rally Friday, and the NASDAQ closed at a new high. The study below looks back at other instances where the NASDAQ spiked higher and closed at a new high on the day of an employment report.


Employment-sparked momentum leading to new highs like we saw on Friday has seen positive short-term follow through in the past. This certainly appears worth keeping in mind as traders ready for next week. For a list of instances, you can check out the last time I published this study on the blog (3/9/2018).


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Tops Wobble Before Falling Over

I’ve shown numerous studies in the past that suggest uptrends often become choppy before they ultimately end. It is highly unusual for an uptrend that is showing strong persistence to abruptly top out. The study below demonstrates this concept. The persistent uptrend of late has kept SPX above its short-term moving averages for an extended period. Tuesday, after 22 consecutive closes above the 10ma, SPX dipped down and closed below it. The study below looks at performance following other instances where SPX closed below its 10ma for the first time over 15 days.


The numbers here all look solidly bullish over the next week. Below is the 5-day profit curve.


The strong upslope serves as some confirmation of the bullish edge. As my friend and colleague, Tom McClellan says, “A spinning top does not just stop spinning and fall over. It wobbles first.” I saw a few bullish studies along these lines last night. Odds seem to suggest a good chance of a bounce arriving in the next few days.

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The Recent $RUT / $SPX Divergence And Why It Might Be Bullish

One aspect of recent market action that is interesting is the weakness in the Russell vs the SPX over the last few days. While some may worry the divergence is concerning, an old Quantifinder study that appeared last night indicates the setup is likely suggestive of an upside edge. It looked at times the RUT closed down 3 or more days in a row and the SPX closed at a 3-day high.


As you can see, stats are bullish right off the bat, and they stay strong through the first two weeks. Instances are a little bit low, but the stats at this point are very impressive. Below is a profit curve using a 4-day exit.


This looks pretty solid. Traders may want to keep this in mind over the next few days as they consider their market bias.


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The Market Loves Tax Day

In the 4/18/16 blog I showed a study about US tax day (normally April 15th). The reason tax day may be important is that it is the last day that people can make IRA contributions to count for the previous tax year. This can create a last-minute rush and you will often have an inflow of funds heading into the market right around and on April 15th. Fund managers will often put this money to work immediately and it creates a positive bias for the market. Below I have updated the study and included a profit curve.


Strong stats and a good looking curve that has moved from lower left to upper right. Traders may want to keep both this and April opex in mind next week.


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The Problem With Unfilled Gaps Down From Intermediate-Term Highs

I saw some bullish studies emerge last night. But there was a study below that was not favorable that I thought readers would find interesting. One potential issue with Tuesday’s decline is that it included an unfilled gap down. Generally, an unfilled gap down from a high has more trouble quickly rebounding that a decline that does not include an unfilled gap. Unfilled gaps from high levels will often trap some recent bulls that bought the day before. The unfilled gap meant they were not given an opportunity to exit their positions with a profit. And if they are feeling anxious, that could lead to some more selling the following day. At the very least, they are less likely to be let off the hook as easily as if there was not an unfilled gap. You can see this exemplified in the studies below, which look at down closes from 50-day highs in SPY. The 1st test excludes instances with unfilled gaps, the 2nd test includes only those with unfilled gaps.



The difference is evident. The trapped bulls make the next day less appealing, and suggest a mild 1-day downside edge.

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Low Volume At Highs Does Not Provide The Short-Term Bearish Edge It Once Did

Years ago, strong overbought readings during an uptrend were easily sold – especially when volume came in very light. But that has not held true in recent years. There were several studies I examined last night that noted the low volume, but they have all lost their edge over the last several years. An example can be seen in the chart below, which is representative of the results I was seeing.


Low volume at a new high has not seemed to matter during this decade. Perhaps it is due to such a long and persistent bull market. Perhaps off-exchange volume or increased derivatives trading has changed the importance of NYSE volume. Or maybe the SPX mean-reversion tendency has lessened. But whatever the reason, a new high on low volume does not seem to be a bad omen anymore.


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Over 90 Years of Golden Crosses (and a look at past drawdowns)

The SPX made a Golden Cross formation on Monday. A Golden Cross occurs when the 50ma crosses over the 200ma. Having the 50ma above the 200ma is commonly considered a bullish market condition – and generally it is. I used my Norgate data and Amibroker software to look back as far as 12/31/1928. Below is a list of all Golden Crosses since then. (Note that prior to 1957, S&P 90 data was used. The S&P 90 is considered the predecessor to the S&P 500.)


Since the 1961 trigger, the Golden Cross has served as a fairly good timing device to sidestep large portions of bear markets. But prior to that it was not nearly as effective. This can be seen in the drawdown chart below. (Note: Overnight Fed Funds rate was used to calculate nightly interest starting in July 1954, which is as far back as my data goes. Prior to that, no interest rate was assumed when out of the market.)


While drawdowns have been mostly quite moderate since the mid-50s, prior to that there were some very large drawdowns to endure. Even with these drawdowns, the Golden Cross would have beaten “Buy and Hold”. Generally, I consider it a bullish indication. But it is not a bulletproof long signal.


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