Below is a chart showing the attempted breakout in the NYSE. Wednesday it gapped up and finished in new high territory after trading in a long ten month base. However, from a short term metric, breadth was lagging. The bottom panel of the chart shows the % of stocks trading above the 10 day moving average. For a sustained move higher we'll need to see an expansion of names moving higher along with price highs. This backs up the data from Dr. Steenbarger's blog. We haven't seen much selling but at the same time we are not seeing a follow through in buying interest at higher levels. Until we get more participation on the upside this will still remain a choppy environment.
Below is the breakdown from sector performance for the week. Clearly the move up in oil favored the commodity space as material stocks stage a healthy rally. Interesting to see financials hold up in a weak tape as many big banks moved higher on quarterly earnings.
Our favorite reads from the week:
Something to think about from one of our favorite blogs.
If you looking for a good read here is a nice round up of books.
Breaking down bubble talk.
One of our favorite topics and some misconceptions about risk management
Have a great weekend.