By Art Huprich, CMT®, Chief Market Technician, Day Hagan Asset Management
Last week’s tape reflects a market that has stabilized, has established a bottom for decimated growth stocks, and is starting a short-term uptrend. Was last week the bottom for growth and market indices? We won’t know until after the fact.
MOMENTUM, BREADTH PARTICIPATION
The Fed, supply chain constraints, commodities, Ukraine/Russia, inflation, and Omicron ba.2 are a real “wall of worry,” which anecdotally is supportive of equities. Regardless, last week’s tape action was eye-popping in terms of momentum and breadth participation/thrusts—bullish confirmation.
Momentum: Four consecutive days in which the S&P 500 (SPX) closed higher by at least 1% and NASDAQ rallied over 8%—the best week for both indices since November 20.
McClellan Oscillator: Normally used to measure overbought (OB) and oversold (OS) conditions. However, the oscillator recently moved from a relatively OS condition in early March to a very OB condition last Friday. Since the late-2018 low, this type of reading has occurred seven times. Each time the SPX was higher—momentum. Friday was number eight. Please reach out for the chart.
Breadth participation/thrusts: According to Ned Davis Research (NDR), Friday’s rally pushed over 90% of stocks in the SPX above their 10-day MA and a Zweig Thrust occurred (common stocks only). According to NDR, “while past performance does not guarantee future results, breadth thrusts have been amongst the most consistent indicators since the financial crisis.” Please reach out for the chart.
S&P 500 completed a short-term upside base building pattern, moving above a previous price peak and establishing a short-term uptrend. Figure 1.
To add credence to last week’s tape action, the equity markets need to record upside follow-through this week—a critical week indeed.
I am still of the opinion that equity markets will continue to experience day-to-day and week-to-week price volatility in both directions. As my friend, well-seasoned analyst Helene Meisler, reminds us, “Nothing like price to change sentiment.” Therefore, I believe sentiment extremes will continue to drive short-term price movement.
SUPPORT BELOW, RESISTANCE ABOVE
Short-term downtrend lines have been violated to the upside. However, plenty of overhanging selling pressure (resistance) exists. Working through the amount of existing overhanging selling pressure (resistance) is not a quick fix. It takes time and effort—volatility.
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—Written 03.21.2022. Chart source: Stockcharts.com unless otherwise noted
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