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Put/Call Ratio and PMO Analysis Intermediate-Term Bullish

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The Dow has shattered records, small- and mid-caps are doing the same. Those that have not yet reached record highs are still participating, preparing to break above all-time highs. Indicators for some time have been leaning bearish, but in the past week DecisionPoint indicators in the intermediate term have a new decidedly bullish bias.



First, here's a look at the intermediate-term indicator chart I discussed during today's webinar and found in the DP Shared ChartList. We see that the rising wedge executed and price is now pushing up against the rising bottoms line. These are my 'go to' intermediate-term indicators. They are very good at warning of a change in the weather, just like a windsock. They had been in a declining trend since all-time highs were set. They had already begun to rise, but the post-election rally continuation finally shook them from their declining trend. They are quite bullish as they rise strongly and without much hesitation.

The Put/Call Ratio is a sentiment indicator, meaning that it is contrarian. A reading higher than 1.0 indicates there are more puts than calls which means the market is feeling short-term bearish. These ratios reached the top of their bearish ranges and are now falling, essentially confirming the current rally. There is plenty of room for these indicators to fall before being considered bearish.

The Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) Analysis chart is broken up into three main windows, each in its own timeframe. The first window is %PMO Rising. It isn't really overbought but it is beginning to fall. I think this supports the idea of a throwback to breakout points before we see more rally. The %PMO Crossover BUY Signals is an intermediate-term indicator. It is rising but has not yet reached overbought territory which is bullish. Additionally, you can see that once it does reach the top of its normal range and a bull market rally is sustained, they can remain at the top of their range. The %PMO Above Zero is a long-term indicator. It is rising bullishly and definitely has plenty of room to move higher before becoming overbought.

Conclusion: Intermediate-term indicators are bullish and suggest a rally continuation. If you read the DP Alert or attend my webinars, you'll know that short-term indicators are bearish right now.  Nervous profit-taking could fuel a short-term decline which might be enough enticement for buyers who missed this rally to take advantage and run prices back up.


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Technical Analysis is a windsock, not a crystal ball.

Happy Charting!
- Erin

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the DecisionPoint.com website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at StockCharts.com. Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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