Read This Part 3


عضو نشط
24 سبتمبر 2001

Last weekend, I wrote about the set-up in the Dow Jones
Industrial Average ($INDU) and Nasdaq-100 (NDX.X). Unfortunately,
all did not go as planned.

I was looking for a rebound in the INDU and NDX this week, but
that rebound took place a bit too early as measured by price.
The INDU and NDX both rebounded Monday well above their
respective support levels that I set forth in the weekend
column. Meanwhile, both of their daily Stochastics readings
crossed over and to the upside Tuesday morning. Close, but
close doesn't make you money. I'll get the next one, just you

Sentimental Observations

"There's nothing to fear but fear itself."

I don't know if President Roosevelt was big on implied volatility,
but I think he'd be proud of the market's reaction to recent
reports of anthrax discoveries. Funny thing is that the Market
Volatility Index (VIX.X) and Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index (VXN.X)
have been falling in the face of perceived fears over anthrax.
Remember, the market is omniscient, the media is not!

I'm still weighing whether or not the recent drop-off in put/call
ratios is a product of October expiration. I think it is. Kind
of funny how the volatility (fear) measures fall in synch with
put/call ratios, isn't it? But, I did notice a spike in the
QQQs' put/call ratio Tuesday...

The INDU is still on Bull Confirmed - the strongest of point &
figure buy signals - on its bullish percent chart, although it
did lose 3 percent Tuesday because of SBC Communication's
(NYSE:SBC) triple bottom breakdown. Meanwhile, the NYSE
Composite ($BPNYA) and S&P 500 ($BPSPX.X) bullish percent
readings climbed higher. Over on the Nasdaq-100 ($BPNDX), it
remained in Bull Correction mode, which is indicative of longs
taking profits.

The ARMS Index (INDEX:TRIN), also known as the TRIN, only
works at extreme levels. The ARMS Index is not at extreme

The internals of the market worsened Tuesday, with decliners
outpacing the advancers on both the NYSE and Nasdaq markets.
Also, new lows continued to outpace new highs, but that's
nothing new. When the new high/new low line makes a significant
turn, it could indicate the beginning of a new bull market.

Hey, did anybody notice that S&P commercial traders positioned
to their most bullish levels of the year last week? I did. I
wonder if those commercial interests are getting longer this


Market Volatility

VIX 33.19
VXN 63.73


Put/Call Ratio Call Volume Put Volume
Total 0.58 703,978 408,869
Equity Only 0.50 645,688 323,581
OEX 1.62 6,593 10,687
QQQ 0.89 32,252 28,698


Bullish Percent Data

Current Change Status
NYSE 28 + 1 Bull Alert
NASDAQ-100 59 + 2 Bull Correction
DOW 50 - 3 Bull Confirmed
S&P 500 44 + 1 Bull Alert
S&P 100 40 - 2 Bull Alert

Bullish percent measures the number of stocks in an index
currently trading on a buy signal on their point and figure
chart. Readings above 70 are considered overbought, and readings
below 30 are considered oversold.

Bull Confirmed - Aggressively long
Bull Alert - Cautiously long
Bull Correction - Pause or pullback in upward trend
Bear Alert - Take defensive action if long
Bear Confirmed - High risk if long, good conditions for shorting
Bear Correction - Pause or rebound in downtrend


5-Day Arms Index 1.16
10-Day Arms Index 1.02
21-Day Arms Index 1.03
55-Day Arms Index 1.22

Extreme readings above 1.5 are bullish, and readings below .85
are bearish. These signals don't occur often and tend be early,
but when the do, they can signal significant market turning


Advancers Decliners
NYSE 1522 1591
NASDAQ 1679 1913

New Highs New Lows
NYSE 45 48
NASDAQ 44 55

Volume (in millions)
NYSE 1,314
NASDAQ 1,817


Commitments Of Traders Report: 10/16/01

Weekly COT report discloses positions held by small specs
and commercial traders of index futures contracts at the
Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade.
Small specs are the general trading public with commercials being
financial institutions. Commercials are historically on the
correct side of future trend changes while small specs tend
to be wrong.

S&P 500

Commercial interests continued to posture to increasingly
bullish levels last week. While still net bearish, the % of
open interest is approaching 0. The positioning of small traders
last week neither confirmed nor refuted what commercial traders
did, as small traders were relatively flat week-over-week.

Commercials Long Short Net % Of OI
10/05/01 365,200 408,567 (43,367) (5.6%)
10/12/01 369,049 407,804 (38,755) (4.9%)
10/16/01 378,866 415,289 (36,423) (4.5%)

Most bearish reading of the year: (111,956) - 3/6/01
Most bullish reading of the year: ( 36,423) - 10/16/01

Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI
10/05/01 124,249 73,882 50,367 25.4%
10/12/01 122,292 74,539 47,753 24.0%
10/16/01 124,568 73,779 50,789 25.4%

Most bearish reading of the year: 36,513 - 5/01/01
Most bullish reading of the year: 91,122 - 3/06/01


Commercial traders grew slightly more bullish last week from the
week ago period as measured by a slight drop in % of open interest
currently short. Still, they remain decidedly bearish while small
traders grew more emboldened last week and added about 1,000 long
positions while short interest dropped among small traders.

Commercials Long Short Net % of OI
10/05/01 26,703 37,669 (10,966) (17.0%)
10/12/01 24,662 38,020 (13,358) (21.4%)
10/16/01 27,398 40,397 (12,999) (19.2%)

Most bearish reading of the year: (15,521) - 3/13/01
Most bullish reading of the year: (1,825) - 1/02/01

Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI
10/05/01 10,918 6,804 4,114 23.2%
10/12/01 11,948 7,012 3,936 20.6%
10/16/01 12,901 6,893 6,008 30.5%

Most bearish reading of the year: (1,028) - 1/02/01
Most bullish reading of the year: 8,460 - 3/13/01


Commercial traders moved to their most bullish net stance of the
year last week in the Dow. Meanwhile, small traders eased off
from their most bearish reading of the year two weeks ago, but
remained decidedly bearish on the prospects of the Dow.

Commercials Long Short Net % of OI
10/05/01 22,755 10,124 12,631 38.3%
10/12/01 24,873 10,194 14,679 41.7%
10/16/01 25,402 10,267 15,135 42.5%

Most bearish reading of the year: (8,322) - 1/16/01
Most bullish reading of the year: 15,135 - 10/16/01

Small Traders Long Short Net % of OI
10/05/01 4,731 11,868 (7,137) (43.0%)
10/12/01 3,517 12,294 (8,777) (55.5%)
10/16/01 4,514 12,104 (7,590) (45.7%)

Most bearish reading of the year: (8,777) - 10/12/01
Most bullish reading of the year: 1,909 - 1/16/01