Stopping at a line in the sand



Last week, there was a quick and substantial pullback in the percentage of stocks within the S&P that were above their own 50-day moving averages. That corrected further on Friday and stopped right around the 40% level. In healthy market environments, this is about where it tends to stop as buyers tend to step in quickly and that's about it for the pullbacks. It appears the same thing happened this time, though it's still too early to tell.

The percentage of industries and sectors above their 50-day averages both plunged below 40%, so that bears watching. More than 40% of countries are still above their average, so that's a bit of a positive. 

Percentage of sectors and industries above 50 day moving average

Among sectors, it's mostly the defensive ones that are seeing the fewest stocks above their 50-day averages, so there is still evidence of a risk-on mentality.

What else we're looking at

  • What happens when the S&P 500 suffers a Key Reversal Week
  • Forward returns following a break of the medium-term trend
  • Silver jumped more than 10% in a single day, and history shows a clear pattern afterward
  • Stocks have enjoyed back-to-back unfilled gaps following a selloff
  • What happens after fear subsides like it has the past couple of days
  • Wheat futures have a very interesting history at this time of year
  • The percentage of S&P 500 beating the index on shorter time frames is holding up

Stat Box

On Tuesday, there were 0 securities that fell to a 52-week low at any point during the day on the NYSE exchange. This is only the 6th time in the past 35 years this has happened, according to our records.


Sentiment from other perspectives

New companies are losing money, and their share prices are soaring. This is nothing new - it's been a theme for months, if not longer. But recent IPOs are overwhelming coming to money without a proven business model, or at least one where, you know, making a profit means something. Source: Alpine Macro via Daily Shot

money losing ipos and performance

The average stock can't beat the index. Pity the poor fund manager trying to outpace the S&P 500 as the percentage of stocks beating the index over the past 12 months plunges toward record lows. We superimposed a price chart of the S&P along with arrows showing the last two similar extremes. Source: Kailash Concepts

percentage of stocks beating the S&P 500

All aboard the tech train, again. Flows to start the week heavily favored tech and "innovative" companies, while shunning things that people consume. Source: Christian Fromhertz

1 day fund flow

The post titled Stopping at a line in the sand was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2021-02-03.

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