Short-Term Swenlin Trading Oscillator Divergence Could be a Serious Warning Sign


There was one indicator that gave us a very good warning sign just prior to the Jan/Feb correction. The same warning sign is flashing right now. The Swenlin Trading Oscillators (STOs) have a breadth version and a volume version. When we see divergent tops on these indicators, bad things tend to happen. 

These indicators topped and began moving lower out of overbought territory which is short-term bearish. However, what is more concerning is the negative divergence between the STO-B and STO-V. I only located one other time this year where this negative divergence occurred other than February and while it didn't result in a crash, it did portend the consolidation and declining trend that followed. The market already topped, but it is holding on to support at 2650 and along the rising bottoms trendline. This negative divergence suggests these areas of support will not hold.

Conclusion: These divergences rarely occur and I almost missed this one because I don't expect to see them. I'm sending out a thank you to the astute viewer this morning of MarketWatchers LIVE that brought it to my attention. With the market having already topped, I was already tightening stops and divesting from short-term investments. This negative divergence confirms my earlier concerns about this latest top.

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Erin's PMO Scan

DecisionPoint Shared ChartList and DecisionPoint Chart Gallery

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Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO)

On Balance Volume

Swenlin Trading Oscillators (STO-B and STO-V)


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Happy Charting!
- Erin

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the 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 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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