The primary trend remains bullish, though.
Let's get started with our Dow Theory commentary for today.
The SPY, the Industrials and the Transports closed down.
The secondary trend has been signaled as bearish today, which amounts to a secondary reaction against the primary bullish trend.
The Industrials and the Transports have been declining for 11 trading days. Both indices have declined more than 3%. Thus, the two requirements of time (more than 10 days) and extent (pullback exceeding 3%) have been fulfilled.
The Transports have been declining for 10 days, but hitherto have failed to decline more than 3% (if my calculations don't fail me, the Transports have merely declined 2.25%).
However, according to Schannep's rules, it merely suffices that two indices fulfill the time and extend requirements which define a secondary reaction.
Here you have an updated chart displaying the ongoing secondary reaction.
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|Orange rectangles on the right hand of the chart display ongoing secondary reaction for stocs|
Today's volume was higher than yesterday's, which is bearish, as lower prices were met by expanding volume. I still see the overall pattern of volume as neutral, as I explained here.
Gold and Silver
SLV and GLD closed up. For the reasons I explained here, I feel the primary trend remains bearish. Here I analyzed the primary bear market signal given on December 20, 2012. The primary trend was reconfirmed bearish, as explained here. The secondary trend is bullish (secondary reaction against the primary bearish trend), as explained here.
Here, I explained that GLD and SLV set up for a primary bull market signal. However, a setup is not the same as the "real thing," namely the primary bull market; thus, many "setups" do not materialize and until the secondary reaction closing highs are jointly broken up, no primary bull market will be signaled.
The secondary trend is bearish, which is tantamount to saying that there is an ongoing secondary reaction against the primary bullish trend, for the reasons given here.
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