Daily Commentary - Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011, 10:44 AM GMT +1

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Jan Thursday 13

2 Sessions w/ Extraordinary Strength

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In full complicance to historical probabilities and odds calling for a higher close over the course of the then following three sessions when the S&P 500 closed lower three sessions in a row, but with a close steadily improving concerning its respective intraday level (see my last posting Three Lower Closes but Improving …), the S&P 500 displayed an extraordinary strength during the most recent two sessions.

The SPY (S&P 500 SPDR) opened above the previous session’s high and closed higher two days in a row (the most recent session with a gain ≥ 0.75%), and left an unfilled opening gap up (intraday low above the previous session’s close) on the most recent session.

Table I below shows all occurrences and the SPY (S&P 500 SPDR)′s historical performance (since 01/01/1990) over the course of the then following 1, 5, 10 , 15 sessions and 1 month later (and the minimum number of sessions – if any – until the index posted a first higher close above the trigger day’s close), assumed one went long on close of a session where the SPY (S&P 500 SPDR) opened above the previous session’s high and closed higher two days in a row (the most recent session with a gain ≥ 0.75%), and left an unfilled opening gap up (intraday low above the previous session’s close) on the most recent session in the past (like on January 12, 2011).

+ no close below trigger day’s close during period under review
no close above trigger day’s close during period under review

When the SPY displayed such an extraordinary strength in the past, this has regularly not been a flash in the pan, and the market almost always remained on firm ground settling higher one month later. The SPY closed at an even higher level 2 weeks later on the last 8 and the last 13 out of 15 occurrences, 3 weeks later on the last 12 and the last 14 out of 15 occurrences, and generally on 3 out of every 4 occurrences (20 out of 27 occurrences to be exact), and settled higher one month later on 24 out of 27 occurrences (or 88.89% of the time), thereof 23 (out of the last 24) with a gain better than +1.0%.

In addition, the SPY couldn’t manage at least one higher close over the course of the then following one month on only 1 out of those 27 occurrences, but never looked back and did not post a single close below the trigger day’s close on 6 occurrences.


Besides the fact that the intermediate- and long-term outlook (with respect to Janaury, the first quarter and the entire year) is already positive due to positive seasonalities and market sentiment (see The Third Year of the Presidential Cycle, A Perfect (Bullish) Score, if …, Will Too Many Bulls Really Make a Bear ?), probabilities and odds are tilt in favor of some additional upside over the course of the next month, and buying the dip may remain the prevailing strategy for the time being.

Successful trading,


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  1. Aly S. says:

    Congrats on doing a great thing by starting a charity with what looks to be a wonderful goal to strive for.

    Your blog work is very much appreciated and I will be delighted to make a donation.

    Thank you for all that you do.

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