An Almost-Thrust; Bond Boondoggle

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An almost-thrust

At the end of October, volume was flowing overwhelmingly into declining stocks, pushing the Up Volume Ratio into oversold territory. That has now changed, and the switch has been aggressive enough to (almost) trigger a traditional breadth thrust, which has been a good – but not great – sign going forward.

These bounces tended to lead to some upside follow-through over the next couple of weeks, with only 4 losses out of 21 signals, all but one being smaller than -1%. Reward was more than three times greater than risk. After that, it was still generally positive, but much less consistent.

Bond boondoggle

Investors pulled nearly $20 billion from bond funds at the end of October, one of the worst weeks ever. Other times the outflow was this large, the broader bond market rallied. The outflow was precipitated by bonds rallying fewer than 20 out of 50 days, suggesting deep oversold conditions.

Oil’s bear market

Oil declined 20% from its peak, triggering the signals noted in the November 6 report.

Fed adjustments

Markets were mostly muted in reaction to the FOMC decision on interest rates. The dollar gained more than 0.5%, which has led to more gains the next day 80% of the time, but nothing consistent after that. Emerging markets (the EEM fund) lost more than 2%, which has only happened 5 other times.

The post titled An Almost-Thrust; Bond Boondoggle was originally published as on on 2018-11-09.

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