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Take-Aways:

The S&P 500 has made a small rebound after undercutting the June lows. With that rebound breadth, metrics improved to levels that are still not impressive for equity bulls. As we noted in these pages last week, the undercut of the June lows had breadth readings that were equally as bad as they were in June. This lack of a less intense low increases the odds that “the low” for the cycle has not been reached. A move above the 3,900-4,000 zone would negate this view.

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NYSE Breadth

The NYSE Advance/Decline Line remains in a downtrend, below the 50-day moving average, after making a low for the cycle last week. There has been a small improvement this week, but there is still a lot of work to be done under the surface of the S&P 500, which is also in a downtrend below a declining 50-day moving average.

The five-day moving averages of issues on the NYSE making new 52-week and six-month lows have pulled back as equities have made a countertrend rally this week. While not a requirement for a market bottom, a less intense low would help the bull case. Last week we noted that these metrics hit the same level as were seen in June.

The five-day moving averages of stocks on the NYSE making new six-month and 52-week highs have moved higher this week, but metrics are less than 1%. Note that the 52-week data remains in a downtrend since peaking in November.

The percentage of NYSE issues trading above their respective 200-day moving averages moved to 17% this week from 13% but remained in a downtrend. The S&P 500 remains below its 200-day moving average. The bears are still in control of the long-term trend as the index tries to hold support at the June lows.

The percentage of NYSE issues trading above their respective 50-day moving averages moved to 21% from 13% last week. The S&P 500 is below its 50-day moving average.

The percentage of issues on the NYSE trading above their respective 20-day moving averages stands at 36%, up from 14% last week. The index remains below its declining 20-day moving average.

S&P 500 Breadth

Breadth metrics for the S&P 500 were mostly stronger on the week.

  • Advance/Decline Line: Below the 50-day moving average.
  • Percent Above Their 200-Day Moving Average: 20% from 14% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 50-Day Moving Average: 21% from 6% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 20-Day Moving Average: 45% from 8% last week.

Small Cap Breadth

Breadth metrics for the S&P 600 Small Cap Index were stronger this week.

  • Advance/Decline Line: Below the 50-day moving average.
  • Percent Above Their 200-Day Moving Average: 23% from 15% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 50-Day Moving Average: 17% from 8% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 20-Day Moving Average: 48% from 12% last week.

NASDAQ 100 Breadth

Breadth metrics for the NASDAQ 100 were stronger this week. 

  • Advance/Decline Line: Below the 50-day moving average, made a new cycle low on Friday.
  • Percent Above Their 200-Day Moving Average: 15% from 9% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 50-Day Moving Average: 19% from 9% last week.
  • Percent Above Their 20-Day Moving Average: 53% from 7% last week.

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