Like other times of inflection in the stock market, we are seeing technical studies and indicators light up like a Christmas tree. So why not throw another couple stats on the pile? Below are the charts of new 52 week lows for the Nasdaq and the NYSE.
Similar to other indicators I’ve mentioned recently, this one spiked to a multi-year high last Tuesday (January 22nd 2008). In fact, you’d have to go back to the market turmoil we saw in 1998 to find a higher number of new lows!
The NYSE graph looks different mainly because a significant portion of the securities traded there are non-common stock but rather bonds, municipal bond funds and structured funds which are sensitive to interest rates. Nevertheless, we can see the same pattern.
As with the weight of all the indicators that I’ve looked at, this one is saying that it is time to look for buying opportunities, rather than selling or selling short.
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