September 7, 2014 Strength In Numbers

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September 7, 2014 Strength In Numbers

12-23-2013 Cover Graphic

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For more background on this report, the Strength In Numbers ppoint further explains what I am building here.  Previous reports can be read here.

Note: After a busy weekend, I have had some technical issues today that have slowed me down greatly.  I have all the normal data, but the commentary will be brief.

Macro Relative Strength

9-5-2014 Intermarket ETF RS Rankings 9-5-2014 Equity Size & Style ETF RS Rankings

Click on either table for a deeper view including the Top and Bottom 20 ranked Broad Equity ETF and FINVIZ links.

More sideways action in the markets this week.  The $IWM was the only negative reading for equities, but the gains on the others didn’t amount to much.  The $UUP continued to move its way up the Intermarket list which could be putting some weight on the markets short term, but don’t think the markets can’t rise with the dollar.  They can and have many times in the past.  That said it is different than what we have become accustomed to.  The Small Cap weakness weighed on their rankings in the Size & Style list with $IWO taking the biggest hit in relative strength.  It does feel more like digestion than anything, but the small caps need to buck the weakness soon or it will start sinking into the breadth numbers.  So far seems like some consolidation through time instead of price, but small caps need closer attention until they show their hand.

Universe Breadth

Universe of 3,070+ stocks from 10 custom broad sectors and 49 subsectors.  Universe contains only stocks (that are both optionable and shortable) with no Preferred stocks, CEFs, ETFs, or UITs to skew the breadth measurements.  There is a breakdown of the universe in the powerpoint presentation link at the top.

The New High-New Low Differential9-5-2014 Universe NHNL

The Advance Decline Line9-5-2014 Universe AdvDecLine

The McClellan Indicators9-5-2014 Universe McClellan

The Moving Average Breadth9-5-2014 Universe MA Breadth

Breadth Thrust Indicator9-5-2014 Universe BreadthThrust

Percent Days9-5-2014 Universe Percent Days

Summary:  Price action is stalling a bit here at the old highs, but the breadth figures are not leaking yet.  The Advance Decline Line is still lagging some for the first time in a while, but the McClellan Summation continues to move further into positive territory.  The McClellan Oscillator and Breadth Thrust Indicators are both pulled back now with the Oscillator nearing a test of zero.  If it can reverse here, the Summation should continue to move higher pulling the markets with it.   Consolidation through time versus price is what we are seeing so far.

Broad Sector Breadth

This can give us a first level view of the flow within the broader market.  It is a true measure of the markets’ breadth.  For this section, I have posted the Breadth Dashboards for the indicators I use.  For the first three indicators below, if you click on each respective title or the Dashboard, it will take you to a page specifically for those sector breadth charts. I did not include pages for the Breadth Thrust or NHNL.

Broad Sector Advance Decline Line9-5-2014 BSec AdvDec Line Dashboard

Also, check out this subsector view I created to dig a little deeper into where participation is moving to and from.

Broad Sector Moving Average Breadth9-5-2014 BSec MA Breadth Dashboard

Broad Sector McClellan Charts9-5-2014 BSec McClellan Dashboard

Broad Sector Breadth Thrust9-5-2014 BSec Breath Thrust Dashboard

The New High – New Low Differential9-5-2014 BSec NHNL Dashboard

The sector breadth held up pretty well this week too.  Nothing that really jumps out right now.  I am impressed with the continued strength of Real Estate and believe Energy still looks set up well, but neither of those are new thoughts.  I am watching the Average Breadth dashboard a little closer this week to see how any further weakness affects the longer term readings.  I don’t want to see them rollover here with such large divergences.   That would be a big caution flag for me if they do, but let’s wait until it actually happens before we get concerned.

Sector Relative Strength Rankings

First, I look at the Custom Indexes and see what they are telling us on a price weighted basis.  Click on either chart for a deeper view.

9-5-2014 Broad Sector CI Relative Strength 9-5-2014 Subsector CI Relative Strength

Next, I look at a Broad Sector ETF Proxy which I use Vanguard ETFs to make sure things are similar and for some trade-able ideas.  Below that is the Equal Weighted version for comparison.

9-5-2014 Sector Proxy ETF RS Rankings 9-5-2014 Sector Proxy EW ETF RS Rankings

This will differ a little due to the different make-up of the Capitalization Weighted ETFs.  If you click on the table (or here), it will take you to a page that will go much deeper into the Sector ETF Relative Strength world including the Top and Bottom 30 ranked Sector ETF and FINVIZ links (added below this week).

Top 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings9-5-2014 Top 30 Sector ETF RS RankingsTop 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings on FINVIZ

Bottom 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings9-5-2014 Bottom 30 Sector ETF RS RankingsBottom 30 Sector ETF RS Rankings on FINVIZ

Final Note:  As I stated a few times above, this action looks more like consolidation and digestion than it does distribution.  Most of the breadth readings are holding up.  The short term measures are giving ground during this waffling, but not really diving anywhere.  My focus on the McClellan Summation hasn’t changed.  It is still moving higher and has plenty of room before it gets worrisome.  As long as this continues, we should be fine and treat pullbacks as buying opportunities.  If something bigger starts to change, we should see it here pretty early in the process.

Have a great week!

G. Thomas Lackey Jr, CMT CFP®

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is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and Certified Financial Planner (CFPr) in Greensboro Georgia (Outside Atlanta). Founding partner of Barber Lackey Financial Group, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. However, this blog is not affiliated with BLFG and does not make recommendations to buy sell or hold any securities.