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S&P500 Barely Bearish.

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    January 2, 2012

    As 2011 comes to a close the S&P 500 Index is, by our measure, still in a long-term bear market, but technical indications show that price momentum us up.

    Excerpt from the December 30, 2011 blog for Decision Point subscribers

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    On the weekly bar chart we use crossovers of the 17-EMA and 43-EMA to mark official bull and bear market status. In August there was a downside EMA crossover that closed out the bull market that officially began with an upside EMA crossover in August 2009. This is a fairly reliable, albeit slow moving, timing model, and, while it is not normally subject to being whipsawed, there are certainly indications that it may be switching back to bullish very soon.


    Currently, price is trying to break above the top of a triangle formation, and that would be positive if it could do so decisively. Also note in the thumbnail chart that price is above the EMAs, so they are converging, and an upside crossover will take place in a week or two as long as price remains above the EMAs. Finally, the PMO (Price Momentum Oscillator) is rising above its EMA, indicating positive internals.

    Bottom Line: We like to emphasize that technical analysis is a windsock, which means it tells us the current wind direction, not which way the wind will be blowing in five minutes. Our model says we are still in a bear market, but that will change soon if prices maintain positive momentum. However, this positive view could change quickly with the next negative story about the EU debt crisis — probably due on news stands sometime next week. Dealing with the stock market these days is like flying in the vicinity of thunder storms. Wind direction can change radically and without warning, and cautious pilots usually try to avoid these conditions.


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    About The Author

    Carl SwenlinCarl Swenlin is a self-taught technical analyst, who has been involved in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he is president and founder of DecisionPoint.com, a premier technical analysis website specializing in stock market indicators, charting, and focused research reports. Mr. Swenlin is a Member of the Market Technicians Association.


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