Stocks are being subtly distributed or accumulated.
Let's get started with our Dow Theory commentary for today.
The SPY, and the Transports closed up. The Industrials closed down. Another day goes by when stock indices diverge from each other, which normaly is a sign of distribution.
Gold and Silver
SLV, and GLD closed down. For the reasons I explained here, and more recently 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.
As to the gold and silver miners ETFs, SIL and GDX closed strongly up for a fourth day in a row. I see uncommon strength in the gold and silver miners' ETFs. This is why, last Friday January 17th, and in accordance with the Dow Theory, the secondary trend was labeled as bullish, as explained here.
I see that the volume picture is clearly bullish (at least short term, let's say for some few weeks) for SIL as you can see on the chart below. In a text-book fashion volume has been unambiguously expanding on rallies and contracting on declines. Furthermore, today's volume has been the highest since November 20, 2013, which lends more credence to today's bullish action. Here you have a chart:
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Thus, while nothing is carved in stone, and we are dealing merely with odds, I feel we are dealing with a legitimate secondary bullish trend.
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