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Intermediate-Term Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) SELL Signal on SPY

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Today, the weekly PMO crossed below its signal line, which hasn't occurred since the early 2020 bull market top. The chart isn't all bad given the positive RSI and rising OBV. However, this signal should be heeded; they don't happen often and they usually lead to sustained declines.

Admittedly, in a strong bull market, these signals haven't hurt the market gravely. Given the strong bullish bias in the market currently and the positive RSI, this may not lead to another bear market, but a pullback or possible correction are likely.

At issue is the health of our other indicators. Readers of the DPA know the many problems on the DecisionPoint indicators, from overbought to negative divergences; the indicators tell us to beware this new IT PMO SELL signal. However, this isn't the only warning sign we got this week....


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The weekly PMO SELL signal is an intermediate-term warning; however, we had a long-term warning this week on our Golden Cross Index. The Golden Cross Index (GCI) shows the percentage of SPX stocks on LT Trend Model BUY signals (50-EMA > 200-EMA). This week, the GCI set a lower top, which set up a negative divergence. Like the weekly PMO SELL signal, this GCI negative divergence hasn't been seen since the beginning of the bear market.


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CONCLUSION: Carl pointed out two significant short-term negative divergences last week in his article, "Keeping it Simple". Now we have intermediate- and long-term warning signals in the form of a weekly PMO SELL signal and a negative divergence on the Golden Cross Index. Be prepared for more downside ahead.

 Happy Charting! - Erin Swenlin


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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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