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3 Bearish Indicators Buck the Avalanche of Bullish Signals

Price action trumps every other indicator, and the S&P’s eight-day 100-point rally has turned the dashboard of indicators overwhelmingly green.

There are just a couple of signals that refuse to jump on the bullish bandwagon.

Trading Volume

The chart below plots the S&P 500 (SPY) against NYSE trading volume.

View enlarged S&P 500 / volume chart here

It’s quite obvious that volume did not confirm the direction of the S&P 500 and stocks in general.

The same can be said with the percentage of stocks trading above their 50-day or 200-day SMAs.

However, despite those bearish divergences, my proprietary indicators of supply and demand and various advance/decline lines have confirmed the S&P’s rally.


The weekly Dow Jones (DIA) chart below shows significant overhead resistance provided by two long-term trend lines/channels.

So far, the Dow Jones remains below this resistance level.

RSI Divergences

The S&P 500 chart below is an updated version of a projection first published in the February 3 and 5 Profit Radar Report.

Based on the assessment that: “There was a bullish RSI divergence. Selling pressure is subsiding. The potential for a roaring rally exists,” the Profit Radar Report expected a strong rally toward S&P 1,830.

Obviously, the S&P 500 (IVV) has exceeded 1,830, but the general projection is still holding true and we are seeing a bearish RSI divergence on the hourly chart.

Based on the above indicators (albeit lonely, it standouts among the sea of green signals) this could be just a deep retracement rally followed by new lows.

How common are deep retracement rallies. Here’s a look at the most recent ones and how the S&P 500 fared thereafter:

Deep Retracement - The Last Hope for Bears

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher of the Profit Radar Report. The Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013.

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