Stocks closed lower as investors digested a slew of economic data. Volume, a critical component of institutional demand, was mixed compared to Monday’s levels; higher on the Nasdaq and lower on the NYSE. The higher volume on the Nasdaq marked a distribution day for that exchange but the lower volume on the NYSE helped those indexes avoided that fate. Decliners led advancers by over a 21-to-17 ratio on the NYSE and by over a 16-to-11 ratio on the Nasdaq exchange. There were 12 high-ranked companies from the CANSLIM.net Leaders List making a new 52-week high and appearing on the CANSLIM.net BreakOuts Page, higher from the 41 issues that appeared on the prior session. In terms of new leadership, it was encouraging to see new 52-week highs outnumber new 52-week lows on the NYSE and Nasdaq exchange.
The major averages rallied during the first half of the week but the bears showed up in the latter half and erased the gains and sent stocks lower. This article discusses the important events of the week.
The bulls flexed their muscles today and sent the major averages higher even as the US dollar rallied! Volume, a critical component of institutional demand, was lower than Monday’s levels which indicated a lack of buying from the institutional crowd. However, the fact that the major averages were down for most of the session and closed near their intra day highs helps offset that concern.
The major averages ended lower as the US dollar surged on Thursday. Volume, a critical component of institutional demand, was higher on both major exchanges which marked the latest distribution day for the popular indexes. Decliners trumped advancers by about a 4-to-1 ratio on the NYSE and by about a 3-to-1 ratio on the Nasdaq exchange. In terms of new leadership, it was encouraging to see new 52-week highs outnumber new 52-week lows on the NYSE and Nasdaq exchange but the number of actual leaders breaking out of sound bases remains very light.
The major averages rallied on Wednesday, sending the benchmark S&P 500 Index to a fresh 2009 high on positive economic and political data. However, volume, a critical component of institutional demand, was reported lower on both major exchanges. That signaled that large institutions were not aggressively buying stocks.
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