Friday, March 14, 2014

ABC Indicator Flashes S&P 500 ‘Sell’ Signal: March 14

The ABC Indicator of movements in the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) introduced in a J.J.’s Risky Business blog post in December is flashing a Sell signal this Friday morning. This is the 10th and last signal delivered during the current public test of the indicator here.

Over the course of this ABC Indicator test, its signals have been correct on seven occasions, or 77.78 percent of the time, and incorrect on two occasions, or 22.22 percent of the time. Thus, the overall results will be in line with the indicator’s history, which before the launch of the test suggested they would be successful between six and eight times and unsuccessful between two and four times.

Since assuming its current form on July 6, 2009, the ABC Indicator’s behavior in forecasting the short-term direction of the U.S. large-capitalization index on a closing basis has produced the following track record:
• Its signals have been correct on 98 occasions, or 69.50 percent of the time, and incorrect on 43 occasions, or 30.50 percent of the time.
• Its Buy signals have been right on 57 occasions, or 80.28 percent of the time, and wrong on 14 occasions, or 19.72 percent of the time.
• Its Sell signals have been right on 41 occasions, or 58.57 percent of the time, and wrong on 29 occasions, or 41.43 percent of the time.

And since the beginning of its current public test at J.J.’s Risky Business, the ABC Indicator has performed as follows:
• 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. Successful.
• 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. Successful.
• In the case of the Buy signal on Jan. 10, the S&P 500 on a closing basis rose to as high as 1,842.37 on Jan. 10 from 1,838.13 on Jan. 9. Successful.
• In the case of the Sell signal on Jan. 14, the index on a closing basis rose to 1,838.88 that day from 1,819.20 on Jan. 13. Unsuccessful.
• In the case of the Buy signal on Jan. 15, the S&P 500 on a closing basis rose to as high as 1,848.38 that day from 1,838.88 on Jan. 14. Successful.
• In the case of the Sell signal on Jan. 24, the index on a closing basis fell to as low as 1,741.89 on Feb. 3 from 1,828.46 on Jan. 23. Successful.
• In the case of the Buy signal on Feb. 11, the S&P 500 on a closing basis rose to as high as 1,859.45 on Feb. 28 from 1,799.84 on Feb. 10. Successful.
• In the case of the Sell signal on March 4, the index on a closing basis rose to 1,873.91 that day from 1,845.73 on March 3. Unsuccessful.
• In the case of the Buy signal on March 5, the S&P 500 on a closing basis rose to as high as 1,878.04 on March 7 from 1,873.91 on March 4. Successful.

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Source: This chart is based on J.J.’s Risky Business proprietary data.

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