The biggest news I read last week comes from our main source for technical analysis advice; the Nasdaq Dorsey Wright daily equity report. Recently, we’ve seen significant improvement on a couple of the charts we follow. The Percent Positive Trend chart for the S&P 500 (PTSPX) reversed back into a column of X’s at 78%. This comes after falling to a low of 8% on the chart back in March. The current reading simply means that 78% of all S&P 500 stocks are in positive trends today, which is an overall positive sign for the market. This also comes as the Percent Positive Trend chart for the New York Stock Exchange (PTNYSE) reversed back to X’s at 56%, indicating a majority of NYSE stocks are also in positive trends.
With that information, let’s examine how the market has typically performed when the PTSPX chart has reversed upward. Going back to mid-2000, there have been 20 reversals back to X’s that occur above a reading of 50%. In that situation, more often then not, it has been a positive sign for the market. Of the previous 20 times the PTSPX reversed up while above 50%, the average 1-week, 2-week, 1-month, and 6-month returns have been positive. The average 6-month return was 3.17% for the S&P 500 with 13 out of the 20 occurrences showing positive returns. While there have not been all that many occasions to examine, as the Positive Trend charts are typically viewed as a long-term indicator, the reversal back to X’s for trend indicators like PTSPX or PTNYSE are signs that more stocks are returning to positive trends, which has historically been a good sign for the market
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