Broad Market Rally a Turning Point

Erin Swenlin

Erin Swenlin

Carl Swenlin

Carl Swenlin


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Today, we saw broadening of participation by comparing the percentage change of the cap-weighted version of the S&P 500, SPY (+1.50%), versus the equal-weighted, RSP (+2.25%), which shows that today's RSP advanced 52% more than SPY.

Our biggest beef with the SPY rally was that it wasn't broad. It was narrowed to big mega-cap stocks, and the rest were not participating. Just look at our bias chart below. Notice where the Silver Cross and Golden Cross Indexes were at similar price levels, reading in the 70s and 80s. We're setting a new high, and these indicators show broad participation has been almost nonexistent as they read in the 30s and 40s.

Today saw a big shift as participation of stocks above their 20-/50-/200-day EMAs skyrocketed to and past our 50% bullish threshold.

The rally in the SPY has confounded us and, if you look at the comparison between the SPY and RSP, you'll understand why. RSP's price chart is what the SPY should've looked like, but it didn't. Why? The difference is capitalization. It worked in the SPY's favor, but not in RSP's.

RSP's breakout from the declining trend looks good and bolsters the new participation numbers we see on the chart above.

Conclusion: This is only one day's action, but we think it shows a turning point. We've often been asked what it would take for us to move to the bull camp, and we always reply "bias", we need to see the broader market participating. We are seeing that now.

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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

Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More