Markets Are at Critical Turning Points

08/17/2009 9:52 am EST


Corey Rosenbloom

Founder and President, Afraid to Trade

Good day, readers! I want to show two quick charts of the internal S&P 500, highlighting a “rounded arc” formation along with a view of a potentially significant negative breadth divergence at the highs.  Let’s take a look, starting with the 30-minute chart with 3/10 oscillator momentum divergences and arc pattern:

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You can almost draw a full arc on the 3/10 oscillator peaks as well, which forecast an arc prior to it happening.

Now, the oscillator is making new momentum lows, and the peaks in the oscillator are forming lower highs as price formed higher highs. That’s the sign of a classic non-confirmation, which can be a bearish signal.

The fact that price is forming a clean arc pattern also has bearish implications given that arcs represent a gentle transfer from demand (buyers) to supply (sellers).
The expectation is that the arc formation has already peaked, or will peak soon, and price will now follow the arc to the downside.

Let’s take a deeper look at market internals to see if we’re getting a similar picture. Here is a 30-minute chart of internal breadth:

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The lower pane “indicator” is actually a symbol—$ADD—which stands for “Advance/Decline Difference” (or the difference between NYSE advancing stocks minus NYSE declining stocks) drawn as a line chart.

We see that breadth made a new high near July 15th with price at 930, and though price has peaked at 1,018, breath has formed a series of lower peaks, which also lock in a non-confirmation or divergence just like the momentum oscillator.

The breadth divergence is more important or significant than the momentum oscillator, because the momentum oscillator is price-based.

The implication is quite bearish given that the S&P 500 is hovering beneath critical resistance at the 1,007 level, as well as the 38.2% major Fibonacci level at 1,014.

Should price break above 1,020 solidly, it would disconfirm (overrule) these divergences, but until that happens (and it could), we have to assume resistance will hold and that the divergences will play out as they have so many times in the past.  This concept of non-confirmation dates back to Dow Theory!

Stop-loss levels would be small compared to the targets in the event that markets inflect off critical turning points as described above.

Markets are at potential critical turning points…don’t get caught off guard!

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