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Broad Market Participation is Drying Up

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Here is part of the opening paragraph from yesterday's subscriber-only DP Diamonds Report:

"I am still not in favor of expanding exposure. Big reason would be the diminishing participation within the major indexes. It's going to get harder and harder to find solid winners as there are fewer and fewer to pick from."

Below are the visuals behind that statement. I've included the participation charts for the NYSE, Nasdaq, OEX and SPX below. It shows you the %Stocks > 20/50/200-EMAs. I've also included the Silver Cross Index (SCI). The SCI is a breadth indicator that measures the percentage of stocks that have their 20-EMA > 50-EMA.

When the %Stocks > 20/50-EMAs is less than the SCI percentage, there is a bearish short-term bias. You'll note all of these indexes have short-term bearish biases moving into next week.

The NYSE, Nasdaq and OEX have less than 40% of their stocks with price > 20-EMA and these numbers are getting worse each day. The SCIs on all four of these indexes had negative crossovers their signal lines this week.

The NYSE has a differential between %Stocks > 50-EMA and the SCI of 29%. The SCI will likely accelerate its decline next week. Remember that EMAs move toward price. If price is above, they move higher. If price is below, they move lower. You cannot get an improved reading on the SCI when fewer stocks are above their 20/50-EMAs.



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The Nasdaq has the weakest participation of the bunch with %Stocks > 20-EMA at a mere 35%.

The OEX shows participation free falling lower.

The SPX is the only index with %Stocks > 20-EMA sitting above 40% and that is still very weak.

Conclusion: I had been looking for sideways consolidation and then a resumption of the rally this past week. The first part played out with consolidation and a trickle up this week. However, given the speedy contraction of participation among the major market indexes, I expect next week will not see new all-time highs, but a pullback on prices instead.


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--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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