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Though most of the world’s stock indexes have been trading flat over the last 12 months, the S&P 500 has continued to advance with little more than a minor pullback. The rationale for this bullish tone maybe questioned, but there is no denying the fact that the U.S. index is still in a strong bullish trend. Technically, the S&P 500 has been at an overly bullish level since January 2013.
During the last eight months, there has been between 80 percent and 93 percent of the stocks within the U.S. index trading above their long term 200 day moving averages.
Historically, major corrections only develop when the percentage of stocks above their 200 day m/a is less than 50% and that the percentage remains below this level (50%) for at least 3-4 months.
The readings during late 2007 and early 2008 are a good example of the percentage levels that are required for a major correction.
Currently, over eight-out-of-10 stocks on the S&P 500 are trading over their 200 day m/a. This overly bullish reading suggests that the rise in the S&P 500 is not over.
Bottom Line: The high percentage of stocks that are trading over their long term 200 day moving average implies that the bull run for the S&P 500 will continue and that higher levels should be expected.
The present level also suggests that any major corrections will likely not occur in Q4. As history has shown that it takes at least 3-4 months of a less than 50 percent reading before a substantial decline can begin.
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Readers what’s your take? Do you feel stock markets are overvalued? Are you bearish, bullish, or do you just buy-and-hold?