Market Breadth: Percentage of Stocks Above their 50 Day, 150 Day & 200 Day Moving Averages Combined

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41.71% (-0.65% 1wk)

Status: Neutral Environment – Stage 1 zone

The US Total Percentage of Stocks above their 50 Day, 150 Day & 200 Day Moving Averages (shown above) declined by -0.65% this week. However, it did rebound strongly from a sharp drop during the week.

Therefore, the overall combined average is at 41.71% in the US market (NYSE and Nasdaq markets combined) above their short, medium and long term moving averages, which is in lower-middle zone.

The overall average moved sharply below its 20 day MA during the week by -5.26%, which would have put it back to a Difficult Environment status if it had remained below it at weeks end. But it recovered on Friday to +0.97% above it, and also moved slightly above its own 50 day MA signal line by +0.15%, and so it is attempting to move to a Postive Environment status (but needs to be strongly above both MAs, and ideally the recent swing high in the data at 44.16%), and so the status remains unchanged as a Neutral environment currently.

The Point and Figure (P&F) chart (shown above) reversed to a column of Os on Tuesday 25th April, and the strength on Friday did not recover the reversal, and so it ended the week in a column of Os, which changes the strategy to Defense and P&F status returns to Bear Confirmed status.

So the defensive team returns to the field once more, and hence risk management is the main focus at the start of the week.

To learn more about the automatic P&F statuses, read our Bullish Percent article that explains what they mean.

Status on Neutral Environment with P&F column in Os in the lower-middle zone.

  • Defensive posture
  • Point & Figure Bear Confirmed Status
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  • The combined percentage of stocks status closed the week +0.97% above its 20 day MA and +0.15% above its declining 50 day MA, and so remains on a Neutral Environment status.
  • Overall strategy (based only this breadth data) changed to Defense this week, with the sharp drop earlier in the week, which was mostly recovered on Friday, but not enough to reverse the P&F column back to Xs, and so the field position continues to be poor at only 41.71%, while a few major indexes are hovering around Stage 2 levels. Hence, with another big week of earnings results coming up, including AAPL – caution remains prudent. As even if the market does manage to breakout into Stage 2, then the breadth data shows that there's a majority of stocks still below their key MAs.  

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20 and 50-day Oscillator

These show the distance that the combined chart is from the 20-day MA and 50-day MA on the chart. Above zero is a positive environment and below is a difficult/negative environment.

NYSE Total % Stocks Above their 50 Day, 150 Day & 200 Day Moving Averages Combined

  • Long Term: Stocks Above 200 Day MA: 51.61%
  • Medium Term: Stocks Above 150 Day MA: 53.31%
  • Short Term: Stocks Above 50 Day MA: 48.13%

51.02% (-0.02% 1wk)

Nasdaq Total % Stocks Above their 50 Day, 150 Day & 200 Day Moving Averages Combined

  • Long Term: Stocks Above 200 Day MA: 31.06%
  • Medium Term: Stocks Above 150 Day MA: 34.36%
  • Short Term: Stocks Above 50 Day MA: 31.78%

32.40% (-1.29% 1wk)

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