Daily Commentary - Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 8:06 PM GMT +1


Jan Tuesday 3

A Bullish Continuation Pattern

The S&P 500 is up 1.64% at time of writing (Tuesday, January 3, 2011, 02:00 pm ET), fully compliant to those bullish setups triggered on close of the last session(s) of 2001 (see Bullish End-of-the-Year Setups, Trailing Week and Week-to-Date at Year’s End).

In addition, volume associated with advancing stocks is accounting for more than 80% of NYSE total volume, and only a handful of NYSE listed issues will be posting a fresh 52-week low on today’s close, all short-term positive when triggered on the first session of a year in the past.

Table I below shows all occurrences (since 1930) and the S&P 500′ performance (cumulative returns) over the course of the then following three sessions in the event the S&P 500 had had closed up > 1.0%, Table II those occurrences where volume associated with advancing stocks accounted for more than 80% of NYSE total volume, and Table III those occurrences where less than 0.15% of NYSE listed issues closed at a fresh 52-week low, all on the first session of a year in the past.

The S&P 500 shows a statistically significant tendency for posting another higher close one or two days later (Table II: two days later on 8 out of 8 occurrences) with respect to all three setups, and the index gave back more than 0.50% of its first day gains on the then following session only once (see Table I).

Table I

(SPX.X up > 1.0% on the first session of a year)


Table II

(NYSE 80%+ up volume on the first session of a year)


Table III

(NYSE w/ 0.15% 52-week lows on the first session of a year)



Assumed everything unchanged into today’s close, the market historically showed a strong tendency to continue moving higher over the next one or two days in the event the S&P 500 started into a new year on a (very) strong note.

Have a profitable week,


Disclosure: No position in the securities mentioned in this post at time of writing.


Remarks: Due to their conceptual scope – and if not explicitly stated otherwise – , all models/setups/strategies do not account for slippage, fees and transaction costs, do not account for return on cash and/or interest on margin, do not use position sizing (e.g. Kelly, optimal f) – they’re always ‘all in‘ – , do not use leverage (e.g. leveraged ETFs), do not utilize any kind of abnormal market filter (e.g. during market phases with extremely elevated volatility), do not use intraday buy/sell stops (end-of-day prices only), and models/setups/strategies are not ‘adaptive‘ (do not adjust to the ongoing changes in market conditions like bull and bear markets). Index data (e.g. S&P 500 cash index) does not account for dividend and cash payments.



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(Data courtesy of MetaStock and Pinnacle Data Corp., and for data import, testing, surveys and statistics I use MATLAB from MathWorks)


Comments (4)


  1. william says:

    It seems like three sessions later,Friday< still has good odds but Monday looks poor. Do you agree? How far out do you like to look /predict.


  2. william says:

    Is each sessions % that of the triggered date? Not the previous date?
    For example table lll 1-3-11 the second session was higher but the third and fourth day the market declined.

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