Wednesday, 06 March 2019 14:20

Beware Of Trannies That Lag

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Via Global Macro Monitor,


  • We construct a relative performance index (TRP) of the Dow Transports and Dow Industrials Index 

  • In all three large and major 2018 sell-offs, the TRP signaled an impending correction 7-18 trading days before markets rolled over

  • The TRP peaked on this past Valentine’s Day and is down 3.60 percent yet the Dow Industrials is still up 1.53 percent has yet to roll over. 

  • The Dow did hit a high on February 22 and is down just around 1 percent 

  • We don’t know if the TRP is confirming an impending sell-off but investors and traders should closely monitor the relative performance of the Transports 

The Dow theory on stock price movement is a form of technical analysis that includes some aspects of sector rotation. The theory was derived from 255 Wall Street Journal editorials written by Charles H. Dow (1851–1902), journalist, founder and first editor of The Wall Street Journal and co-founder of Dow Jones and Company. Following Dow’s death, William Peter HamiltonRobert Rhea and E. George Schaefer organized and collectively represented Dow theory, based on Dow’s editorials. Dow himself never used the term Dow theory nor presented it as a trading system.  – Wikipedia

We constantly monitor the Dow Transports Index and its relative performance as a signal of future equity price action.  There is a growing concern that the Trannies have been underperforming other indices, including its father, the Dow Jones Industrials, since Valentine’s Day.

The concerns are reinforced by the signals the deterioration in the TRP sent in 2018 just before last year’s three major corrections.   The table and chart below should not be viewed in isolation from one another but as compliments.

January 2018 Correction

The relative performance of the Transports or the TRP (Transport/Industrials) peaked 10 trading days before the Dow’s high on January 26th, declining by more 5 percent before the Dow and stock market rolled over and experiencing a historic spike in volatility.

Only three times since 1950 has intraday volatility jumped so high as measured by a modified version of the Average True Range:  1) September 1955 after an extraordinarily period of calm the S&P500 tanked on September 26th when markets opened after President Eisenhower’s heart attack on the 8th hole of Cherry Hills Country Club over the weekend. The market quickly recovered; 2) January 1962 when the “Kennedy slide” began to accelerate; and 3) the October 1987 stock market crash.  – GMM, February 11th

The first correction of 2018, close-to-close in the Dow Industrials, was 11.58 percent.

End September 2018 Correction   

After spending most of the year recovering and making new all-time highs into the end of Q3,  the Dow and stock market...

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