Waning Long Term Momentum?
With the elections behind us we are taking a refreshed look at the long term picture and where we may be heading in the final two months of 2012 and beyond. In mid September equities embarked on a complex correction, which after many twists and turns relieved the S&P 500 of about one hundred handles.
And that frankly is rather moderate, especially when put into context with previous corrections in the past four years. The monthly chart above also tells another story, and it is one of depleting momentum. For this exercise I have considered any downside correction lasting more than one month as being meaningful. Thus, single monthly lower closes have been counted as natural components of upside trends.
When adding up all candles of the four major advances since March 2009 we arrive at the series shown above: 14, 10, 6, and finally 4 months. I would have loved to see a three there at the end but I do think these numbers speak for themselves. To me they suggest that despite repeated rounds of quantitative easing and ‘pull out all the stops’ support for floundering financial institutions across both sides of the Atlantic, the long term upside momentum in equities appears to be waning.
This is the same series but instead showing all four price advances. The first stab higher from 666.79 advanced 553 SPX handles before a meaningful correction took hold. The second two are statistically close with both near 350 handles. The recent one only lasted 208 handles; once again the trend appears to be pointing down here as well.
You may recall the bouncing ball analog I suggested a while back. It is possible that we are near the point where gravity once more takes over, resulting in a major correction? Looking at our weekly stochastics (a chart that has treated us extremely well in the past few years) I do see possible signs of concern. Mainly, it is still pointing down and that suggests a possibility that this correction may not be done just yet. If you know how to read stochastics then you probably are also aware of the possibility of the signal becoming embedded below the 20% mark. A good example of such an occurrence is shown at the beginning of this year, except that it happened on the upside and thus produced a brutal short squeeze.
Given all the above let’s look at our P&F chart – which currently seems to be satisfied with the bearish price objective of 1380 which was met last week. I do think a bounce here is absolutely necessary as a slide lower may trigger a red candle cascade.
The weekly panel seems to agree on that point as we just sliced through the 25-week SMA, a level that last time led us back to the 100-week SMA. Thus it’s not unreasonable to suggest that a lack of buying interest here would once again lead us lower toward 1320. The onus now is on the bulls to pull the cart out of the mud and that pronto – failure here is not an option.
More long term perspectives below – we are looking at crude, gold, the dollar, and the Euro:
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