Friday, January 10, 2014

ABC Indicator Flashes S&P 500 ‘Buy’ Signal: Jan. 10

The ABC Indicator of movements in the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) introduced in a J.J.’s Risky Business blog post last month is flashing a Buy signal this Friday morning. In forecasting the short-term direction of the U.S. large-capitalization index on a closing basis since July 6, 2009, this indicator’s signals have been correct on 96 occasions, or 71.64 percent of the time, and incorrect on 38 occasions, or 28.36 percent of the time.

There have been important differences between the behaviors of the ABC Indicator’s Buy and Sell signals during the above-referenced period, as mentioned in a blog post this month. Its Buy signals have been right on 54 occasions, or 80.60 percent of the time, and wrong on 13 occasions, or 19.40 percent of the time, while its Sell signals have been right on 42 occasions, or 62.69 percent of the time, and wrong on 25 occasions, or 37.31 percent of the time.

Meanwhile, I am happy to note the first public test of the ABC Indicator has continued to go well at J.J.’s Risky Business. The initial two signals mentioned in the blog posts linked below were successful. In the case of the Buy signal on Dec. 20, the S&P 500 on a closing basis rose to as high as 1,848.36 on Dec. 31 from 1,809.60 on Dec. 19. In the case of the Sell signal on Jan. 3, the index on a closing basis fell to as low as 1,826.77 on Jan. 6 from 1,831.98 on Jan. 2.

The ABC Indicator test will encompass 10 signals, and history suggests they will be right between six and eight times and wrong between two and four times.

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