Over the weekend, Carl decided to put together the chart below. We often make comparisons between the SPY and its equal-weight sibling, RSP. By determining divergences between the two ETFs, we can see whether the mega-cap stocks are leading the charge or whether a rally is supported by the rest of the index.
Currently we have rising tops on the SPY, but declining tops on RSP. This alone tells us that market participation is far from broad. The Apples of the world are leading the index. And, at this point, those Apples of the world are barely holding the market together right now as the SPY is looking very toppy.
Now let’s add the Silver Cross Index (SCI) which in and of itself is equally weighted. Each stock is looked at to see whether it has a “Silver Cross” or not. A Silver Cross is a 20-day EMA moving above the 50-day EMA. Typically those stocks are intermediate-term bullish.
Notice at the previous price top in February, the SCI was reading at about 80%. On this higher price top, only about 55% were on Silver Crosses. That’s roughly a 30% decrease in the reading and sets up a massive negative divergence. RSP is confirming the problem as it has a much lower April price top.
Conclusion: Our question is how is the SPX going to start another bull leg when the rally isn’t broad? If the Apples of the world slip, there is no one there to pick up the slack. At this point, we see this as an ominous set up that will likely lead to a severe decline. To see Carl discuss this chart, watch a replay of today’s DecisionPoint Trading Room HERE.
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Erin Swenlin is a co-founder of the DecisionPoint.com website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at StockCharts.com. Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master’s degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California.