Major Trend Index
From a Momentum perspective, chart work has improved across the board but much of the longer-term trend work has remained in neutral or bear territory. These measures are, by definition, late at turning points, and we strongly prefer that the “anticipatory” tools within the MTI drive most of the swings.
Although the Intrinsic Value category is now about 100 points above the worst levels recorded in early January, it is far too early to begin making a bullish valuation case for the stock market. Interestingly, some of the same pundits who warned “valuation is not a timing tool” on the way up are the ones trotting out these premature, value-based arguments—which are typically built on extremely-optimistic forecasts for 2019 operating EPS.
The abrupt decline in the Momentum work reflects deterioration in most trend models, along with bearish flips in the Chart Scores for the Russell 2000, NYSE Financials, KBW Bank Index, and Securities Broker/Dealer Index (XBD). The NYSE Daily Advance/Decline Line provided only limited warning of the impending weakness.