The Contrary Investing Report
Investing and Trading News, with a Contrarian, Sarcastic Twist!


Chart: Overbought Market Indicated by Momentum Oscillators

by Brett on February 11, 2013

Anecdotally you probably believe that this market is pretty overbought – here’s some convincing further evidence, presented by technician Carl Swenlin.  It’s not a guarantee of price declines, but as Swenlin mention, it should be a reason to exercise caution on the long side of this market…

Very Overbought Market

by Carl Swenlin

Carl Swenlin

One of the general rules of the stock market is that things will get as good (or bad) as they can get, then prices will start moving in the other direction. This is another way of describing “regression to the mean”.

(This is a recent excerpt from the blog for Decision Point subscribers.)

Click here for FREE TRIAL!

This is the reason that we technicians have our indicators — so that we can get an idea when conditions have reached extremes that could cause prices to start moving in the opposite direction. One of the indicators I like is the Percent of PMOs (Price Momentum Oscillators) Above Zero because it is smoother and has less noise than other intermediate-term indicators.

The second panel on the chart below shows the PMO for the S&P 500 Index, which is the price index just above it. The bottom panel shows the percentage of individual S&P 500 stocks that have PMOs above the zero line.

SPX Price Momentum Oscillator chart

As you can see, the indicator has recently topped at a very overbought level. In similar cases noted on the chart, half were absolute top pickers, and, while the other half announced an internal peak in strength, they arrived well ahead of the price peak. But, even though they were early, the indicator peaks in early 2011 and 2012 were ultimately followed by price declines that sent prices lower than they were when the internals peaked.

While indicators may be topping in very overbought territory, a price top is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, conditions are less than ideal for making new commitments to the long side, and increased caution is warranted.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Technical analysis is a windsock, not a crystal ball.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Carl Swenlin is a self-taught technical analyst, who has been involved in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he is president and founder of DecisionPoint.com, a premier technical analysis website specializing in stock market timing, market indicators, charting, and focused research reports. Mr. Swenlin is a Member of the Market Technicians Association.


Our Partners





Further Reading:

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

More on this topic (What's this?)
Exhuberantly Overbought
Negative Momentum
Read more on Overbought, Momentum at Wikinvest

Previous post:

Next post: