The market closed last Friday registering the second most New High’s (NH’s) recorded in a database that I have going back decades. At 634 NH’s, it’s the most new highs registered on one day in almost 30 years. More than any one day during the dot com boom of the late 1990’s, more than any day recorded during the run in 1987 and more than anything this millennium.
Only one other date surpasses Friday’s total: Monday, October 11, 1982 when the DJIA closed at 1,072.79. The market recorded 653 NH’s, 7 NL’s, 1,504 advances, 292 decliners and “up” volume outpaced “down” volume by an almost 10-1 ratio.
The NASDAQ closed at 202.31 on the same day with 418 NH’s, 14 NL’s (not even in the top 10 for the highest number of NH’s ever recorded). Do note this: the highest NASDAQ reading ever came later that year on Thursday, November 4, 1982 with 525 NH’s (following that week’s election day).
So what does this all mean? Well, by mid-1983, the market surged higher by 20%. It continued to move higher until the crash in 1987 but long term, the market is up well over 10-fold since this NH extreme.
How about today’s market? I can only tell you this: we are in an up-trend as of today and until the market breaks that trend, do not try to “guess” when it will reverse.
I have my “opinions” of the market but as you all know, we must trade what is actually happening, not what we think should be happening. Yes, I am concerned the market would like to correct longer term based on poor economic policies, tremendous debt levels, a depreciating dollar and most important: possible inflation. But, until we get the true catalyst, trade what the market is telling you.
The 634 NH’s represents an extreme in the market and I will be watching for further catalysts. How long can this market sustain higher stock prices based on faulty growth? You can only take so many cash advances on your credit cards without paying before they cut off your borrowing capacity. Maybe I have it all wrong but I am concerned long term. Short term, the market is higher unless it says otherwise.
I leave you with this: the vast number of “gap-ups” in stocks making new highs concerns me. Do they want to fill? If so, we will have an almost endless supply of high quality shorts to trade.
Chart provided courtesy of www.Decisionpoint.com