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Flash Update: Best Stock Market Indicator Says ‘Untradable’

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    August 7, 2013

    The $OEXA200R (the percentage of S&P 100 stocks above their 200 DMA) is a technical indicator available on StockCharts.com used to find the “sweet spot” time period in the market when you have the best chance of making money.

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    According to this system, the market is nowuntradable.  The OEXA200R is above 65%, currently at 91% (the same as last week). However, two of the three secondary indicators are now negative:

    • RSI is POSITIVE (above 50)
    • Slow STO is NEGATVE (black line below red)
    • MACD is NEGATIVE (black line below red)

     

     

    Background on How I Use This Indicator

     

    The OEXA200R is a valuable metric used to accurately assess the state of the market in order to make profitable trading decisions. That is, whether we are in a bull, a bear or transitioning from one to the other, as well as market volatility and risk within each of those situations. Historically, it has also given traders a clear early warning signal of impending serious market downturns and later safe re-entry points. While not intended as a day trading tool per se it can certainly be used as background information by day or highly speculative traders. Simply put, the OEXA200R gives traders the ability to identify the most opportune conditions within which to execute their various long, short or hold strategies.

    Definition of Terms:

    Tradable” refers to the point at which it is most advantageous to enter and continue long trading.

    Un-tradable” refers to the point at which it is advisable to exit all long positions that have not already automatically closed with a trailing stop loss. Please be aware that the OEXA exit points are not always timed at the exact top of any run up, that is impossible to predict. However, a trailing stop will follow the price to the highest point and close out as it falls from there, meaning most positions should have closed before the OEXA exit signal appears and thus should close at a point higher than at the exit signal.

    Following a major market correction, the conditions for safe re-entry are when:

    a) Daily $OEXA200R rises above 65% (I follow the Daily but do not publish the chart here)

    And two of the following three also occur:

    b) Weekly RSI rises over 50
    c) Weekly MACD black line rises above red line
    d) Weekly Slow STO black line rises above red line

    Without the solid foundational support of two out of three Weekly secondary indicators it is unsafe to trade even if Daily OEXA200R edges above the 65% line. The market is considered safely tradable as long as Daily OEXA200R remains above 65% and two Weekly secondary indicators remain positive. Volatility and risk for long traders are relatively low. The trend is on their side.

    Conversely, when Daily OEXA200R drops to 65% and / or two out of three Weekly secondary indicators turn negative it is taken as the conservative signal to exit all long positions, even if Daily OEXA is above 65%. Volatility and risk increase substantially. In the past, this has often been a “tipping point” condition presaging a substantial market drop.

    via Best Stock Market Indicator Ever: Flash Update.

    Images: Flickr (licence attribution)

    About The Author

    My original dshort.com website was launched in February 2005 using a domain name based on my real name, Doug Short. I’m a formerly retired first wave boomer with a Ph.D. in English from Duke. Now my website has been acquired byAdvisor Perspectives, where I have been appointed the Vice President of Research.

    My first career was a faculty position at North Carolina State University, where I achieved the rank of Full Professor in 1983. During the early ’80s I got hooked on academic uses of microcomputers for research and instruction. In 1983, I co-directed the Sixth International Conference on Computers and the Humanities. An IBM executive who attended the conference made me a job offer I couldn’t refuse.

    Thus began my new career as a Higher Education Consultant for IBM — an ambassador for Information Technology to major universities around the country. After 12 years with Big Blue, I grew tired of the constant travel and left for a series of IT management positions in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. I concluded my IT career managing the group responsible for email and research databases at GlaxoSmithKline until my retirement in 2006.

    Contrary to what many visitors assume based on my last name, I’m not a bearish short seller. It’s true that some of my content has been a bit pessimistic in recent years. But I believe this is a result of economic realities and not a personal bias. For the record, my efforts to educate others about bear markets date from November 2007, as this Motley Fool article attests.
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