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Technical Market Report for November 2, 2013

The good news is:
• The NASDAQ composite (OTC) closed at a multi year high last Tuesday while most of the other broad based indices closed at all time highs.


The negatives

For the 1st time since last May, by the measure shown in the chart below, the secondaries are underperforming the blue chips.

The chart below from FastTrack covers the past year showing the Russell 2000 (R2K) in red and the S&P 500 (SPX) in green and relative strength indicator called Accutrack shown as a histogram at the bottom. Dashed vertical lines have been drawn on the 1st trading day of each month.

When Accutrack is above the neutral line, the R2K is outperforming the SPX. For the first time since last May, Accutrack has gone negative indicating the blue chips are outperforming the secondaries.

Accutrack Total Return Chart

Volume has been increasing, which is good. But, it is all going to the down side which is bad.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing OTC in blue and a 5% trend (39 day EMA) of NASDAQ total volume (OTC Tot Vol T) in red.

Volume has been increasing steadily for the past 2 months.

OTC versus OTC Volume Chart

The next chart shows the OTC in blue and only the upside volume component (OTC UV), in green, of OTC Tot Vol.

OTC UV jumped up in early September, but has been pretty steady for the past 6 weeks.

OTC versus OTC Up Volume Chart

The next chart shows the OTC in blue and only the down side component of OTC DV, in red of OTC Tot Vol. OTC DV has been plotted on an inverted Y-axis so decreasing down side volume moves the indicator upward (up is good).

The chart below shows that nearly all of the increase in volume over the past 6 weeks has been going to the down side.

OTC versus OTC Down Volume Chart


The positives

New highs declined last week, but new lows remained dormant.

The chart below covers the past 6 months showing the OTC in blue and a 40% trend (4 day EMA) of NASDAQ new highs divided by (new highs + new lows), (OTC HL Ratio) in red. Dashed horizontal lines have been drawn at 10% levels for the indicator, the line is solid at the neutral 50% level.

OTC HL Ratio fell sharply last week to 74%, but remains well into positive territory.

OTC versus OTC HL Ratio Chart

The next chart is similar to the one above except it shows the S&P 500 (SPX) in red and NY HL Ratio, in blue, has been calculated from NYSE data.

NY HL Ratio, for a change, held up better than OTC HL Ratio, finishing the week, down a little, but still at a strong 87%.

SPX versus NYSE HL Ratio Chart


Seasonality

Next week includes the 5 trading days prior to the 2nd Friday of November during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle.

The tables below show the daily percentage return for the 5 trading days prior to the 2nd Friday of November during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle.

OTC data covers the period from 1963 - 2012 while SPX data runs from 1953 - 2012. There are summaries for both the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle and all years combined. Prior to 1953 the market traded 6 days a week so that data has been ignored.

Average returns for the coming week have been positive over all periods, but stronger during the 1st year of the Presidential Cycle than other years.

Report for the week before the 2nd Friday of November.
The number following the year is the position in the Presidential Cycle.
Daily returns from Monday to 2nd Friday.

OTC Presidential Year 1
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1965-1 -0.13% -0.27% -0.36% 0.09% -0.04% -0.70%
1969-1 0.79% 0.38% -0.21% 0.44% -0.37% 1.03%
 
1973-1 -1.66% -0.77% 0.40% 0.55% -1.44% -2.91%
1977-1 0.66% 0.37% 0.50% 1.30% 0.96% 3.78%
1981-1 -0.03% -0.01% 0.08% 0.47% -0.41% 0.10%
1985-1 0.04% 0.35% 0.50% 0.25% 0.86% 2.00%
1989-1 -1.09% 0.31% 1.03% 0.00% 0.47% 0.72%
Avg -0.42% 0.05% 0.50% 0.51% 0.09% 0.74%
 
1993-1 0.42% 0.47% 0.87% 0.32% 0.04% 2.12%
1997-1 -0.73% -0.36% -2.73% 1.04% 1.66% -1.13%
2001-1 2.74% 2.31% 0.13% -0.53% 0.04% 4.70%
2005-1 0.41% -0.28% 0.17% 0.96% 0.26% 1.52%
2009-1 1.97% -0.14% 0.74% -0.83% 0.88% 2.62%
Avg 0.96% 0.40% -0.16% 0.19% 0.58% 1.97%
 
OTC summary for Presidential Year 1 1965 - 2009
Avg 0.28% 0.20% 0.09% 0.34% 0.24% 1.15%
Win% 58% 50% 75% 83% 67% 75%
 
OTC summary for all years 1963 - 2012
Avg 0.00% 0.14% -0.22% 0.22% -0.10% 0.03%
Win% 48% 60% 54% 58% 59% 50%
 
SPX Presidential Year 1
Year Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Totals
1953-1 0.20% -1.18% 0.00% 0.37% 0.33% -0.28%
1957-1 -0.17% 0.00% 0.15% 0.59% -1.18% -0.61%
1961-1 0.78% 0.00% 1.23% -0.14% 0.42% 2.29%
1965-1 -0.15% -0.33% -0.11% 0.30% 0.48% 0.20%
1969-1 0.07% -0.26% -0.18% -0.48% -0.36% -1.22%
Avg 0.15% -0.59% 0.27% 0.13% -0.06% 0.08%
 
1973-1 -1.45% -0.53% 0.80% 1.15% -1.61% -1.63%
1977-1 0.78% 0.18% 0.56% 1.86% 1.34% 4.72%
1981-1 0.51% -0.48% 0.18% 0.22% -1.23% -0.81%
1985-1 -0.15% 0.59% 0.20% -0.07% 0.57% 1.14%
1989-1 -1.48% 0.66% 1.00% -0.47% 0.75% 0.46%
Avg -0.36% 0.08% 0.55% 0.54% -0.04% 0.78%
 
1993-1 0.14% 0.03% 0.74% -0.23% 0.59% 1.26%
1997-1 -0.69% 0.29% -1.93% 1.18% 1.27% 0.13%
2001-1 1.44% 1.45% -0.27% 0.25% 0.16% 3.02%
2005-1 0.22% -0.35% 0.17% 0.84% 0.31% 1.19%
2009-1 2.22% -0.01% 0.50% -1.03% 0.57% 2.27%
Avg 0.67% 0.28% -0.16% 0.20% 0.58% 1.57%
 
SPX summary for Presidential Year 1 1953 - 2009
Avg 0.15% 0.01% 0.22% 0.29% 0.16% 0.81%
Win% 60% 46% 71% 60% 73% 67%
 
SPX summary for all years 1953 - 2012
Avg -0.02% 0.11% -0.11% 0.25% -0.05% 0.17%
Win% 52% 51% 58% 58% 58% 55%


Money Supply (M2)

The money supply chart was provided by Gordon Harms. Money supply growth accelerated last week.

M2 Money Supply versus S&P500 Chart


Conclusion

I commented last week that market conditions were so good they could only get worse and they did. The breadth indicators deteriorated and the secondaries underperformed the blue chips. On the positive side, the Fed is still chipping in $85B a month and Seasonality is positive.

I expect the major averages to be lower on Friday November 8 than they were on Friday November 1.

Last week the blue chips were up while the secondaries were down so I am calling last weeks positive forecast a tie.

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