Arthur Hill, CMT

Weekend Video – Breadth Model Indicators, the SPY/TLT Reversals and the ChartBook

Today’s weekend video starts with the indicators that make up the breadth model and their individual signals. We then add some basic market timing and show the model signals over the last 20 years. I will also provide a preview of a short-term breadth model. Attention then turns to potential reversals in SPY and TLT, the rising wedges in RSP and IWM, the StochClose rankings and the ChartBook

ETF Ranking and Grouping – Volatility and Risk Remain High as Bonds and Gold Perk Up

The broader environment for stocks is technically bullish, but risk remains well above average. The S&P 500 moved above its 200-day SMA and the 5-day SMA moved above the 200-day SMA. The %Above 50-day SMA indicators surged above 80% to trigger bullish and the Index Breadth Model based on StockCharts data triggered bullish on June 5th with five of nine indicators on bullish signals. That’s the bullish part.

Knowing When to Add Risk and When to Reduce Risk

The S&P 500 is the most widely used benchmark for the US stock market and the 200-day SMA is perhaps the most widely used moving average. These two came together again in late May as the index crossed back above on May 27th. Today we quantify the performance of prior signals and show how a little smoothing can go a long way. Furthermore, a simple market timing mechanism can tell investors when to add risk and when to seek alternatives to stocks.

Quantifying the QQQ Effect on SPY

We all know that many stocks in the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ) are also part of the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY). In addition, it is clear that these QQQ stocks affect the performance of SPY. But how much exactly? Today we will answer that question and compare performance for these two ETFs.

What Drives SPY?
Hint: It has 3 Letters and Begins with Q

Stocks surged on Monday with QQQ closing at its highest level since February 21st, SPY closing at its highest level since March 6th and IWM closing at its highest level since April 29th. And there you have the pecking order. QQQ is back to late February levels, SPY is back to early March levels and IWM has yet to exceed its April high. To record a 52-week high

Timing S&P 500 Swings Using the Bullish Percent Index

The Bullish Percent Index is a breadth indicator that quantifies double top breakouts and double bottom breakdowns, Point & Figure style. Basically, this indicator measures higher highs (breakouts) versus lower lows (breakdowns). This makes it a great candidate to quantify underlying strength and weakness in the S&P 500. There have been three signals in the last few months and one triggered this week.

ETF Ranking and Grouping – Weakest ETFs Already Breaking Down

Tech and Healthcare led the market higher over the last eight weeks and these two groups are still holding up, as are their related ETFs. Despite leading, note they fell short of their February highs and could still be vulnerable to broad market weakness. Correlations tend to rise in bear market downturns. Some of the lagging groups are already breaking down, such as industrials and finance, and the SPY is also breaking down.

Update for the Big Three: SPY, QQQ and IWM

This is an update for the big three major index ETFs: SPY, QQQ and IWM. Stocks started strong on Tuesday, but ran into selling pressure and bearish candlestick patterns formed. SPY and IWM are in long-term downtrends and showing signs of weakness near key retracements. QQQ remains stronger, but I still think the big surge is a counter-trend bounce.

Scroll to Top