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Non-confirmations Show Creeping Correction that Could Expand (Free)

The S&P 500 SPDR hit a new high last week, but it was alone at the top because several other major index ETFs did not confirm. In fact, these non-confirmations have been building since March as fewer groups participated. Of note, several tech-related ETFs peaked in mid February, small-caps peaked in mid March, SMH peaked in early April and QQQ peaked in mid April. 

The chart above shows SPY hitting a new high last week and remaining well above its 50-day SMA. QQQ fell the last few weeks and is one penny above its 50-day SMA. The Semiconductor HOLDRS (SMH) fell the last five weeks and is below its 50-day. The Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has gone nowhere since its March peak and moved below its 50-day. The Software ETF (IGV) formed a lower high from February to April and moved below its 50-day last week.

Small-caps and techs represent the higher risk end of the stock market and money is moving out of these areas. This shows risk-aversion that could foreshadow a broad market correction. Keep in mind that SPY advanced 31% from the late October low to the early May high. Corrections are normal and can lead to the next opportunity.

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