Leading indicators for December were stronger than expected, up 0.6% vs. views for 0.5%.
The Kansas City Fed’s manufacturing index hit 16 vs. estimates for 14. Positive readings point to growth, while a rating of zero is neutral.
Good for the market !
Source : delta market sentiment indicator and IBD
I would like to thank Helga Sweeney and Alex for their observations on “pesky charts”
what about supply and demand for NASDAQ? or for that matter DOW and S&P ?
Before i answer that – lets look at some basic fundamental traits in the charts for 2017 and till now 2018
what did the pundits say – This is a valid dictum – Do opposite what the pundits say and you will be alright !!
look at what IBD said “Since 1963, the S&P 500 delivered 19 years in which it rallied more than 15%. But each year following those big gains averaged a more modest 7.5% advance.” and “investment strategists and fund managers expect more modest stock price gains in 2018.”
I respect IBD a lot; In fact the big picture column is fantastic and is a daily read for me to gauge the “Big Money flow”- which is nothing but this : How is the price performing wrt the volume on a daily basis. How are leading stocks like YY, AMZN and others performing? For we know that with first signs of big selling the leading stocks lose first and then the volume increases to overall stock market as it falls.
NASDAQ’s number of distributions days (high volume selling) is just 1 in the last 30 days and It is up 7.3 % till Jan 22nd 2018! we haven’t even finished one month yet!
The S&P 500’s 2017 return was more than double the big-cap bogey’s 8.50% average annual gain over the past 10 years. The Nasdaq composite index shot up 29.64% and the DOW jones gained 25.08%!
Only once in the lasts 25 YEARS the S&P is up more than 6 % in Jan (1997 – 6.7%). the S&P just hit 6.00 % just yesterday !!
the delta market sentiment indicator is approaching 74% (74 % of around 2500 stocks are above they mid term moving average)
the leading economic indicators (LEI) is healthily positive last one year
the stock market is healthy and going strong with no head winds at all