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The NDR S&P 500 Cycle Composite for 2022 shows a very bumpy first few months of the year, with a lot of movement in both directions. Continue to manage equity market and fixed income volatility.   


The cartoon above about sums things up. We left 2021 expecting more volatility in 2022 in the following areas: equity market indices and individual stocks, inflation and inflation expectations, and economic reports. In our January 4 Tech Talk report, we asked how Wall Street will balance an overbought condition and defensive sectors outperforming in December, leading to a market pause/decline, and ‘New Year inflows.’ It feels like we have gotten our answer.

During last week’s tape action, JPMorgan wrote, “almost 40% of the companies in the NASDAQ have seen 50% corrections off their 52-week highs.” Ned Davis Research pointed out a few weeks ago that over 20% of the stocks in the S&P 500 were down 20% or more from a one-year high, and Bespoke Investment Group stated yesterday­­­­, “the average Russell 3000 stock was already 27.2% below its 52-week high.”

I would describe the current near-term condition of the domestic equity market as washed out, with equity market volatility on both an index and stock level. In my opinion only, equity market and fixed income volatility can at least in part be managed if coupled with the Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector with Catastrophic Stop Loss Strategy and the Day Hagan/Ned Davis Research Smart Sector Fixed Income Strategy. Please reach out for specifics.


Let’s identify areas—not necessarily a specific point—of underlying support (green highlights and blue arrows) and areas of resistance (red highlights).

Figure 1: NASDAQ Composite (COMPQ). | While the NASDAQ Index itself recorded a new intraday low yesterday, on a stock basis the selling wasn’t as extreme as it had been when measuring Declining Volume and Declining Issues on the NASDAQ—a positive non-confirmation and a sign that the NASDAQ was washed out. Yesterday’s one-day upside reversal was a good example. More chart repair work is needed, but support was tested and held after some major angst (volatility).

Figure 2: NASDAQ 100 Index (NDX). | Yesterday’s trading was like trying to discern the NFL’s playoff picture last weekend—a LOT of volatility with surprising outcomes. However, like the NFL, there was a final outcome. Moving average support was tested and, coupled with a lot of angst (volatility), held.

Figure 3: S&P 500 Large Cap Index Daily (SPX). | Almost on cue, the long-term rising 100-day moving average (support) held. I would prefer a further period of base building occurs (lateral price movement), allowing many charts time to repair by working through overhanging selling pressure.

Figure 4: iShares Russell 2000 ETF (Small Cap proxy). | I apologize for the busyness of this chart, but I believe it is necessary given the importance this complex plays in many internal measuring tools. Please reach out for a deeper discussion. Asking for a friend: “Do I see a potential bullish inverse pattern of accumulation developing (blue horseshoes)?”

Day Hagan Asset Management appreciates being part of your business, either through our research efforts or investment strategies. Please let us know how we can further support you.

Art Huprich, CMT®
Chief Market Technician
Day Hagan Asset Management

—Written 1.10.2022. Chart and table source: Stockcharts.com unless otherwise noted.

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