'Big Four' Indexes Register Warnings As Sentiment Recedes



Big four warnings

With an increasing number of stocks “splitting” this week, all of the “big four” stock indexes have triggered technical warning signs. The last time the S&P 500, Dow Industrials, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell 2000 all did so was last May right before a pullback.

Hindenburg Omen in major stock indexes

Even though these kinds of warnings failed last November, they have a very good record over the past 50+ years. They started to trigger right before the worst of the virus-related selling pressure, but these kinds of signals typically have a longer time frame than just a day or two.

There were a couple of times (2004, 2017) when stocks managed to escape mostly unscathed, but it argues for high risk, at least in the shorter-term. All four of the indexes tended to suffer, especially over the next couple of weeks, so none of them provided a good shelter.


Receding optimism

Similarly, the Intermediate Term Optimism Index has now turned down from one of its highest levels in history:

Sentiment - Optimism Index

When this happened in the past, the S&P often suffered over the next 2 weeks, but we can see how positive the longer-term returns were below. Granted, it was during a mostly one-side market, but still.

Sentiment declines from extreme

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The post titled 'Big Four' Indexes Register Warnings As Sentiment Recedes was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2020-02-03.

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