Daily Commentary - Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 5:16 PM GMT +1
High Number of 52-week Highs in December
At time of writing (11:11 am ET), the S&P 500 is currently down -0.81%, which might provide a favorable intermediate-term buying opportunity.
On Tuesday, December 27, more than 4.5% of NYSE listed issues closed at a fresh 52-week high for the 4th day in a row, for the first time in December this year, which historically had positive implications for the then following day (in this event on Wednesday, December 28, currently underway), and regularly for the time frame until the midst of January as well.
Table I below shows all occurrences (since 1970) and the S&P 500′ performance on the then following two sessions, over the remainder of the year (in this event until Friday, December 30) and until the close of the 12th session of January in the event more than 4.50% of NYSE listed issues closed at a fresh 52-week high for the 4th day in a row for the first time during December of the respective year.
The S&P 500 never closed lower -0.61%+ the next day, and closed at a higher level at the end of the year and on the 12th business day of January on 13 (12) out of 16 occurrences – thereof 10 (11) with a better than 1.0% gain – , but never down more than -1.0% on both points in time.
A (sizable) down-day on Wednesday and/or Thursday this week might provide a favorable intermediate-term (2-3 week) buying opportunity.
Have a profitable week,
Disclosure: No position in the securities mentioned in this post at time of writing.
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