Bullish Percent Index still in positive territory

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I have considered a number of market breadth indicators in recent posts in order to gauge how the bulls and the bears are exerting themselves. The Bullish Percent Index is another useful tool in this regard and shows the percentage of stocks currently in bullish mode as a result of point-and-figure buy signals.

Analyzing the benchmark US indices, it is interesting to note that more than 61% of the stocks comprising these indices are still in buy mode according to point-and-figure signals.


Source: StockCharts.com

Zeroing in on the underlying economic sectors, a similar picture emerges, with Telecoms (58.8%) the least bullish.


Source: StockCharts.com

While the short-term indicators are flashing correction, the longer-term measures such as the Bullish Percent Index and 200-day moving averages are still in bullish mode. Until the primary trend indicators break down it looks like a correction in a bull market, but the uncertainty nevertheless warrants a great deal of caution.

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5 comments to Bullish Percent Index still in positive territory

  • roy hall

    Although still bullish, the BPNYA has adjusted to a col. of “O” indicating bear alert.

    “>>>>>warrants a great deal of caution” Would be interesting to view whatever you come across as to what specifically one might do to be cautious given the market position.

    as always thanks for all you do. look forward to your posts more than any other on the net.

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  • Gary Spaid

    I agree that we are now on Defense (column of O’s). Dorsey Wright & Associates suggests using tighter stops, trim offense positions, buy ETF’s to avoid the single stock risk, buy puts, sell laggards on breakdowns, and increase noncorrelated exposure.

  • Frank W

    I dunno! The way the market is behaving it is hard to tell what is going to happen. It looks like a correction to me, but I’ve been wrong before. I mean GDP and earnings fall, and the market goes up! GDP and earnings improve, and the market goes down! Doesn’t make a great deal of sense and, hence, a correction is implied.

  • Frank W

    What I meant is that I think that the market is correcting against a rally.

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