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Beware of the Negative Crossover on the DecisionPoint "Golden Cross" Index

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Carl Swenlin ingeniously created the newest DecisionPoint indicators, called the "Golden Cross Index" and "Silver Cross Index". It is actually a simple concept, and one he and I were both surprised hadn't been created yet.

Most are familiar with a "golden cross," the positive crossover of the 50-/200-MAs. The "Golden Cross Index" measures the percentage of components in an index that currently have the 50-EMA above their 200-EMA. Carl also came up with the "Silver Cross Index". Meanwhile, a "silver cross" is a positive 20-/50-EMA crossover, so the "Silver Cross Index" measures the percentage of components in an index that currently have their 20-EMAs above their 50-EMAs.

The Golden Cross Index (GCI) has been sitting at its "all-time high" (based on our data that goes back to 2017). This week, it dropped a full percentage point plus some. Last week we had a reading of 91.4%. Now, we have a reading of 90%. It moves slowly, so this decline was significant in my estimation.

Below, I have the Golden Cross Index chart for the major indexes. Notice all of them are extremely overbought. The S&P 400 currently has the healthiest GCI at 94.75%, but the S&P 600 is still above its signal line with a reading of 93.5%. It appears the longer-term foundation of the SPX is beginning to show small cracks. Note that cardinal tops (marked with the red vertical lines) typically arrive when the GCI tops.


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The deterioration on the "Silver Cross Index" has been in force since the negative crossover of its signal line in January. The small- and mid-caps also experienced negative crossovers. None of these indicators are remotely oversold and suggest weakness ahead in the intermediate term.

Conclusion: The Golden Cross Index had a negative crossover its signal line this week, while the Silver Cross Index was already declining after an earlier negative crossover. These negative crossovers generally come at intermediate-/long-term tops. While we likely saw a buying initiation today in the short term, look at it as an opportunity to sell into strength or move into more defensive areas of the market, like Utilities (XLU) and Consumer Staples (XLP).

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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