The market data that we have discussed here repeatedly of late was very prescient with its cautionary signals. However, that same data has now turned largely neutral and as a result, less foreboding in its near-term implications.
As such, we believe the charts and data are now implying some near-term sideways action that has yet to be decided to which direction it will be resolved.
We suspect it will be to the positive but is too early to say so with confidence. However, we continue to lean in the direction that equities should be bought near support levels.
Some Indexes Turn Neural & Below 50 DMAs
Chart Source: Worden
On the charts, all the major equity indexes closed lower thursday with negative NYSE and Nasdaq internals on lighter volume.
The down session ended with the S&P 500 (see above) and DJIA closing below support while the DJIA, Nasdaq Composite and Nasdaq 100 closed below their near-term uptrend lines and are now neutral with the rest still in uptrends.
Also, the 50-day moving averages were violated on the S&P 500, DJIA, Nasdaq Composite and Nasdaq 100.
Cumulative market breadth remains positive on the NYSE, Nasdaq and All Exchange as all help their uptrend lines.
The stochastic readings that were quite overbought gave bearish crossover signals across the board Thursday.
Prescient Cautionary Data Turn Largely Neutral
The McClellan Overbought/Oversold Oscillators are mostly neutral with the NYSE only mildly overbought (All Exchange: +46.08 NYSE: +52.08 Nasdaq: +40.6).
The percentage of S&P 500 issues trading above their 50-day moving averages (contrarian indicator) dropped notably to 48% and solidly in neutral territory as well.
The Open Insider Buy/Sell Ratio remains neutral at 26.5 but just shy of turning bearish.
The detrended Rydex Ratio (contrarian indicator) dipped to -0.68 and is also neutral.
This week's AAII Bear/Bull Ratio (contrarian indicator) dipped to 1.82 as bearish sentiment declined but remains on a very bullish signal.
The AAII Bear/Bull Ratio is 1.82 (very bullish)
The Investors Intelligence Bear/Bull Ratio (contrary indicator) is neutral at 32.9/41.4.
Valuation Spread Narrows
The forward 12-month consensus earnings estimate from Bloomberg for the S&P 500 has dropped to $225.71 per share. As such, its forward P/E multiple is 17.3x and a lower premium to the "rule of 20" ballpark fair value of 16.6x.
The S&P's forward earnings yield is 5.79%.
The 10-Year Treasury yield closed higher at 3.4%. It is in a short-term negative trend with support at 3.4% and resistance at 3.67%.
Our Market Outlook
The data that was waving red flags has moderated while the valuation spread has narrowed. While it is too early to declare the recent storm has passed, we are leaning in that direction and suggest buying selectively near support.