Stocks have climbed a mountain of worries this year, ranging from lingering inflation to bank collapses to the possibility that the U.S. Congress might just decide not to pay its bills. But has the run, also fueled by excitement over artificial intelligence, gone too far?
That’s the suggestion of Tom DeMark, who was recently celebrated by the technical analysis CMT Association and is the founder and CEO of DeMark Analytics. He focuses on the number of days — which don’t have to be consecutive — that there was a close lower than the low of two days ago. Subject to various conditions, when the countdown reaches 13, a buy signal is triggered. (The opposite is the case on the way up.)
In an email to MarketWatch, DeMark, who has advised investing legends including Paul Tudor Jones, Leon Cooperman and Steven A. Cohen, says the Nasdaq 100
has been in an extended uptrend, but now it’s likely approaching exhaustion. See DeMark’s analysis on his website Symbolik.
He says a Nasdaq 100 ’13’ top will need both a higher high, as well as a higher close, than Tuesday’s levels.
“This will be the first time this year Nasdaq 100 time and price trend exhaustion components should be in sync with one another. Once they align, a subsequent close less than both the closes 4 and 5 days prior should confirm the nascent downtrend,” says DeMark.
He also identifies another change. He says the five-plus months of Nasdaq 100 outperformance over the S&P 500 is about to reverse. “Once two additional higher closes are recorded, sell countdown 13 will be recorded,” DeMark says.
Not that it’s necessarily good news for the S&P 500
or the SPY exchange-traded fund
tracking it. “Currently, SPY is sell countdown 11 and requires two successively higher highs and closes greater than the February 2 high to record a ‘possible’ market top which must then be confirmed” by related markets.
volatility index, he says, may be able to move higher. “VIX is both sequential and combo buy countdown 12 and with an upcoming new low close should record buy countdown 13. Typically, markets respond to VIX 13’s within 1-3 trading days after 13 is recorded,” he says.
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