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Obama’s 2nd Term Much Like 1st for Stock Market

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We are now in the second term of President Obama’s term in office.  While the Presidential Cycle Pattern shows similarities among all presidential terms in the stock market’s behavior, it is poorly appreciated how the 2nd term is often different from the first in its character.

The lead chart this week compares the current behavior of the SP500 to an average of that same index’s behavior during second presidential terms.  The correlation is very good, except for a few exogenous events along... Read More

Volume Data Have Eased One Concern

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We focus a lot on the Advance-Decline (A-D) data, which is the basis for the McClellan Oscillator and Summation Index plus other indicators.  But we also like to watch what the Up Volume (UV) and Down Volume (DV) numbers are doing. 

Generally speaking, a new high in the cumulative daily A-D Line is nearly always a bullish indication.  When big divergences develop, like what we saw at the 2007 and 2000 tops, it is an issue of great concern.

But we also like to see the volume data... Read More

US Taxes Returning to Economy-Killing Level

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The April 15 income tax filing deadline came this week, and so taxes are on the minds of a lot of Americans.  As Arthur Laffer noted 3 decades ago, it reaally is possible to set tax rates too high such that it actually hurts the economy.  We appear to be in such a condition now.

I wrote about this topic back in January, when lawmakers were contemplating raising the tax on gasoline.  But it is worth revisiting as we see total federal receipts creeping up toward 18% of GDP.  Whenever total... Read More

Crude Oil COT Report Data

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After a long price decline which started from a top back in June 2014, crude oil prices finally appear to be attempting to construct a bottom.  And perhaps equally important for that process, sentiment also seems to be developing in the right way to get a price bottom.

This week we are looking at data from the CFTC’s Commitment of Traders (COT) Report, something that I feature every week in our Daily Edition.  The chart above depicts the net position of the commercial traders of NYMEX crude... Read More

No Bear Market Signal Yet From Housing

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Before each of the really ugly bear markets of the past 30 years, there has been an important signal from housing data well ahead of time.  We do not have such a signal now, and so that portends more upside in the months ahead for stock prices. 

In fact, the past 3 months have seen a pretty substantial upsurge, especially in the Northeast and South regions of the USA as tracked by the Census Department.  That takes the seasonally adjusted annual rate of new home sales to its highest level... Read More

Global Temps Call for 2015 Yield Bottom

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While the debate rages over global warming, I find that the data on global average temperatures can be put to another use: forecasting interest rates.  And the big message for us right now is that yields are due to hit a bottom this year, and head upward into 2017.

In the chart above, I am showing the average yield on Moody’s AAA rated corporate bonds.  That’s the green line.  The red line is an inverted plot of the HadCRUT4 global temperature series, developed and maintained by the Hadley... Read More

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05/05/2015 IssuesVolume(000s)
McC OSC -151.101 -109009
Sum Index 2322.044 1453508

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The McClellan Oscillator


OscillatorCreated 1969, the McClellan Oscillator is recognized by technical analysts as the essential tool for measuring acceleration in the stock market. Using advance-decline statistics, it gives overbought and oversold indications, divergences, and measurements of the power of a move.