This Chart Looks Nothing Like The Major Peaks In 2000 And 2007

Monthly Yellow Flags - March 2000

Last week’s post looked at a weekly volume-based breadth indicator. With June in the history books, it is a good time to review the message from monthly breadth charts. As shown below, the monthly NYSE Advance-Decline Line peaked in 1998 and thus was saying “pay closer attention” well before the S&P 500 (SPY) peaked in March 2000.


Divergence In October 2007

While not as pronounced as the 2000 example, monthly NYSE advancing issues less declining issues was showing a multiple-month divergence when the S&P 500 peaked in October 2007.


How Does The Same Monthly Chart Look Today?

You can make an argument the present day version of the same chart has a bullish slant. Rather than the negative divergences that were in place before the S&P 500 peaked in 2000 and 2007, the 2019 monthly NYSE Advance-Decline Line has printed convincing higher highs.


Do The Facts Support The Bearish Case For Stocks And The Economy?

This week’s stock market video covers a wide range of fundamental and technical topics, including a close examination of the Chicago Fed National Financial Conditions Index. Comparing current conditions to those present before big stock market drops in 1973, 1987, 1990, 2000, 2007, and 2011 provides historical insight into the risk versus reward trade-offs in July 2019.

Market Expecting A Rate Cut This Month

The June 14 video made the case the economy remains in expansion mode and demonstrated good things tended to happen in the S&P 500 after a first rate cut in a non-recessionary environment.


During Monday’s session, CME’s FedWatch Tool was showing a 100% probability of at least a 25 basis point rate cut on July 31.


The Weight Of The Evidence

There is nothing magical about market breadth when viewed in isolation; it is simply one component making up the weight of the evidence. Therefore, it is important we continue to review incoming information with an open mind about all outcomes, from wildly bullish to wildly bearish.

Disclosure: I am/we are long SPY. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.