Nasdaq Advance Decline Gives Swing Long Buy Signal

The Nasdaq Advance Decline ratio chart gave a swing long buy signal on Friday, August 25, 2017. The Advance Decline ratio chart shows the number of stocks that advance in value to the number of stocks that decline in value over a given time period. An increasing advance decline ratio signals a bullish trend while a decreasing advance decline ratio signals a bearish trend.

Nasdaq Advance Decline Chart

Nasdaq Advance Decline chart gives swing long buy signal.

It wasn’t just the Nasdaq Advance Decline chart that gave a Parabolic SAR buy signal. The S&P 500 Volume Advance Decline chart also fired off a SAR buy signal on Friday, August 25, 2017.

SP 500 Advance Decline chart gives swing long buy signal.

The thing you need to know about market breadth (advancing stocks versus declining stocks) data is that the exchanges do not publish the data themselves. It is left up to the data providers like StockCharts.com. The exception to this is the Common Only A-D numbers generated by the NYSE (which formerly were available on the NYSE web site a day later). The differences you see in market breadth data are because of the different databases and datafeeds run by stock market data vendors. In order to calculate advancing and declining issues, a data vendor must first know what stocks are traded on the exchange. A data vendor must know the price at which each stock closed yesterday. The data provider must know the current price of each stock and be able to compare that to yesterday’s close to determine if a stock counts as an advancer or decliner.

Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Advance Decline ratio charts do not support the more bearish price action on the S&P 500:

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I think in all cases with the Parabolic SAR buy signals, we need confirmation above the SAR buy level to confirm the signal. The S&P 500’s bearish inverted hammer candlestick on Friday does not support the SAR buy signals. Furthermore, the TSI is still giving a bear signal and the CMF just went negative which is yet another bearish signal.

TheStreet published an article on Friday, August 25, 2017, about the strong market breadth here.

Over the last three trading days, the S&P 500 has been doing a late day fade which also favors the bears:

Late day fades on the SP 500 last week.

For more advanced day traders, I did this lesson on day trading stocks and late day fading.

Here Comes Inflation FINALLY! Traders Focus On Earnings

We have enough data to say that inflation is finally trending higher.

In case you are wondering why inflation moving higher is important, please review this.

The less volatile sticky CPI confirms the uptrend.

ObamaCare has exploded the cost of medical care higher.

Medical care commodities, which are prescription and non-prescription medications, have exploded higher.

Inflation is finally trending higher which is what the Federal Reserve has been trying to engineer for years through monetary policy. The WSJ writes

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen herself said last week that letting the economy run hot for a while might have some benefits… None of this is enough to take a rate increase at the Fed’s December meeting off the table. But it does mean that, even as prices pick up, further rate increases will be slow to come. Investors accustomed to inflation running below the Fed’s target may be in for some retraining.

Folks, this is another reason why we need to start getting more bullish on the stock market as we head into November and the start of the best six months of the year. Remember, a big part of the bearish scenario was a slowing US economy pressured downward by deflation as a result of Saudi Arabia destroying our shale oil industry. Lots of good jobs were lost and replaced by lower paying service sector ones as a massive wave of disinflation hit our economy. The latest inflation numbers suggest that the worst is behind us as the price of oil is in a slow fade upward, and more oil rigs are brought back online as evidenced by the upward trend on the weekly Baker Huges rig count.

All traders are watching this earnings season closely to see if the falling earnings streak is over. That’s the confirmation data point that is needed. In an inflationary environment, businesses are raising prices to keep up with the growing demand from a strengthening consumer. Traders want confirmation that the inflation we are now seeing is signaling a bottom in the earnings recession we have been in since Q1 of 2015.