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 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. They read in the 70’s and 80’s. We’re setting a new high and these indicators show broad participation has been almost nonexistent as they read in the 30’s and 40’s.
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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