Breakaway Momentum Signal Triggered
After the worst year for stocks since the 2008 Financial Crisis and the worst year in history for bonds, the probabilities favor higher prices in the coming months – a Breakaway Momentum signal was just triggered.
The stock market generated Breakaway Momentum on January 12th, for the 25th time since 1945.
Breakaway Momentum, otherwise known as a "breadth thrust", occurs when ten-day total advances on the NYSE are greater than 1.97 times ten-day total NYSE declines according to Walter Deemer, a retired top technical analyst. It's not a very common occurrence. One of the keys to generating breakaway momentum is not a huge number of advancing stocks, as one would think – it's a lack of declining stocks – there are no longer any real sellers.
Breakaway Momentum Signals Since 1945
Breakaway Momentum Performance
The stock market usually pulls back for a brief period following a breadth thrust. We can expect a decline of anywhere between 2.5% - 6% over the next several weeks – so there is some time to put cash to work.
The results have been impressive – double digit returns 6 to 12 months out.
Although the Breakaway Momentum signal has had an excellent track record, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s guaranteed to work this time – anything is possible, including a false positive signal – but the probabilities are quite favorable.
Entering a Sweet Spot for Stocks
Additionally, we are entering the sweet spot for equities in the Presidential cycle. Stocks have followed a broad pattern that coincides with presidential terms. This pattern has been surprisingly consistent for the last 100 years or so.
Equities historically do very well at the end of Mid-term years and into the Pre-Election years.
The S&P 500 currently sits at 3999. If it clears 4155, it would be further confirmation of a bullish reversal. Should it clear 4300, the probabilities would suggest that the lows are in and the bear market is over.
George Kiraly Jr., CFP®, MBA is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor.
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