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S&P's Health Checkup


Pay attention to the wave counts and watch the daily chart for any close above 1,150.43.

Summary of Week's Notable Technical Developments:

  • Levitation act (my opinion) continues for broader market

  • NASDAQ and Russell 2000 have been star performers

  • Commodities stuck in the mud

  • Dollar index moving sideways

  • Benchmark 10-year Treasury remains range-bound despite heavy auction week


Weekly jobless claims proved to be a non-event; some chatter about China's inflation and a global move toward higher interest rates. Equity markets spent nearly the entire day modestly lower, but a last-hour rally brought home gains of 0.4% for all three major indices. Even the recently strong NASDAQ and Russell 2000 appeared to be taking a breather until the late spurt. Oil and gold were flat; copper up 0.4%; natural gas down 2.5%. The DXY closed down slightly and the 10-year Treasury finished unchanged.


The US Treasury has been very active this week, auctioning $21 billion of new 10-year debt yesterday and $13 billion of 30-year bonds today. A bid-to-cover ratio of 2.89 and below-forecast yield on the auctioned 30-year debt suggests strong demand at current levels. If smart money is content with 4.68% yield, then what does that say about the prospects for the economy, stocks, and commodities? To go out on the long-end of the yield curve is to make a proclamation of your intermediate- to long-term economic expectations. Strong demand could portend a low inflation environment, a slow growth environment, or possibly something else altogether. It's important to figure out why big pools of money are allocated for a specific yield and why highly intelligent people are comfortable with placing large amounts of capital at risk for a seemingly small return.

Market Internals: NASDAQ
(Figures are rounded)

Relative Health of the S&P (top) versus NASDAQ (bottom)

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  • The S&P hasn't taken out its January high yet, but its RSI has -- a bearish reversal setup if no new price high is made soon.

  • NYSE breadth peaked on Friday, while volume has continued to grow -- a sign of churning at or near the highs. No definitive conclusion to be drawn here, but evidence is mounting.

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  • Unlike the S&P, the NASDAQ does not have a bearish reversal setup. Instead, it has higher price peaks along with higher RSI peaks -- which is what you'd expect to see from a healthy market.

  • The NASDAQ's breadth and volume trend over the last four sessions is similar to that of the S&P -- nothing alarming, just something that bears are watching.
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