The Equity Markets are Beginning to Look More Positive

The Equity Markets are Beginning to Look More Positive

Posted on May 27, 2014

Canterbury Portfolio Thermostat - Weekly Update – 05/27/14

Market State 2 (51 trading days) - Long-term: Bullish; Short-term: Neutral/Bullish. The Portfolio Thermostat’s short term indicators are all positive except for those related to volume. Volume has been generally low and has decreased since mid April while the S&P 500 has trended higher. The overall market environment has not been able to shift back to Market State 1 because the volume indicators remain negative and have not confirmed the new high.

Canterbury Volatility Index is at CVI = 52: The CVI (volatility) declined down 1 point for the week. The CVI continues to decline which reflects an extended period of low and declining volatility (Bullish).

Overbought/Oversold indicator:
Our overbought/oversold indicator is currently 60% oversold (slightly short term bullish) up from the previous week at 54% oversold (short term Neutral). As a point of reference, 95% to 100% oversold would make this indicator bullish.

Market Comment:
The S&P 500 registered a new all time high on Friday. Don’t get overly excited because it is only up 3.68% through last Friday. The Dow is up 1.18%; the NASDAQ is -0.03% and the Russell 2000 is down -2.77% year to date. The intermediate US Treasury Notes are up 2.13%. These market indexes could just as easily been down -2% to -5% as up 2% to 5% for the year. In other words, we have only experienced the normal expected short term market noise typical of a bull market.

All that said, it appears that most global equity markets are likely to see an advance from where we are today.

  • The NASDAQ and most other growth oriented indexes are beginning to show some life. The breadth of the market is improving.
  • We have seen five months of consolidation following the big gains last year, and particularly in the fourth quarter of last year.
  • Even though the S&P 500 has hit a new high, investor sentiment is still neutral. The American Association of Independent Investors survey (AAII) is indicating a high percentage of investors on the side lines (meaning cash available for future investment). Last week’s survey showed only 30.4% bullish, 43.2% neutral and 26.6% bearish.
  • Volatility is very low and most all of the Thermostat’s indicators are currently bullish.


Bottom Line:
All of our portfolio’s Exchange Traded Fund (ETFs) holdings are rated either as a buy or a hold based on the Portfolio Thermostat’s algorithms. In fact, our Volatility Weighted Strength Indicator shows every one of the current portfolio’s positions ranked above the S&P 500.

Just be aware that the market’s extremely low volatility and tight trading range increase the probabilities of one of those "one day outliers” for the S&P 500. Meaning a one day, up or down move, in the 2% range. If such an event occurs, it should not have a negative effect on the current bullish market outlook.

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