This update highlights what I believe is the current stock market trend (i.e. rising, declining, or sideways) as well as the type of risk that may be looming on the horizon (i.e. price, channel, or trend correction). According to the BLUE LINE INVESTING® process, the current primary trend of the US stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index (S&P) continues to be defined as a rising trend.
Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com
As stock prices continue to grind higher, a small divergence is becoming more apparent. In other words, as prices continue higher and are breaking out above the top dashed green line, the potential “energy” behind the rising prices is declining. While it is historically possible for this divergence to continue over many weeks and months without a significant price correction taking place, I believe it is not something that should be overlooked at this time. In addition, I am currently monitoring two other indicators that could warn of potential “trouble” ahead.
The first is what is referred to as a Dow Theory Non-Confirmation. In other words, when a stock market is healthy and strong it is desirable to see BOTH the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (Dow) rising to new highs along with the Dow Jones Transportation Index (Transports). At present, that is not happening right now. This isn’t a reason to be concerned (yet), but I believe is worth paying attention to. Please click the following link if you would like to see an example of a Dow Theory non-confirmation price correction from 2011: https://stockcharts.com/articles/chartwatchers/2011/08/a-dow-theory-non-confirmation-and-sell-signal-indu-tran.html.
The second is that during a rising trend it is desirable for all three major indices to make new highs together. The three indices I am referring to are the Dow, the S&P, and the Nasdaq Composite Index (Nasdaq). As of the date of this article both the S&P and Nasdaq are at new daily highs – but not the Dow. The Dow needs to close above 35,625.40 to confirm the rising trend with the other two indices. If it fails to do so over the coming days and weeks, I believe it could prove to be another warning sign of problems to come.
THE “BLUE LINE”
Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com
The S&P finished the month of August 11.4% above the Blue Line, compared to 10.9% above the Blue Line at the end of July (please refer to the green arrow at the far right-hand side of the chart above).
I continue to believe a price correction is the most likely type of risk looming on the horizon, and if it comes to pass, I believe a price decline of approximately 10-12% should not come as a surprise. Until then, I suggest investors sit back and enjoy the rise.
For new clients and those who have made recent contributions to your accounts, I believe a price correction could present a favorable opportunity to purchase stocks – even if only for the short-term.
As a quick reminder, the purpose for providing this monthly update is to illustrate the BLUE LINE INVESTING® process by applying it to the S&P 500 Index. However, this process is applied to all investments held within our strategies.
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We monitor the relationship between price and the Blue Line over time to help identify which stock markets worldwide are experiencing rising, sideways, and declining primary trends. We prefer to invest in those markets experiencing rising or sideways primary trends, while avoiding those markets experiencing declining primary trends. The Blue Line helps us identify these trends, and when changes may be taking place.
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