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  • Chart Of The Day – Saturday, November 09, 2013 5 comments
    Nov 9, 2013 12:56 PM

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  • dancing diva
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    I wish you had printed the Citibank surprise index by itself. All the above chart means is that the S&P500 has gone up faster than the surprises.


    Perhaps a longer history would be meaningful, but the 10 year chart above gives no insight on future market direction.
    10 Nov 2013, 05:22 AM Reply Like
  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    Author’s reply » Thanks for the comment. I will certainly do the surprise index by itself at some point. What interests me about this chart is that the correlation has actually become negative.
    10 Nov 2013, 07:08 AM Reply Like
  • bazooooka
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    It does show that "beats" are getting less and less and that may signify something about overall market valuation which assumes forward growth. I'd think this indicator can be a leading indicator (by months/years) before a flat or down market. Just one more piece of the mosaic.
    10 Nov 2013, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • dancing diva
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    Yes, it has turned negative but when I compare it to a chart of the S&P it doesn't correlate (positively or negatively) on either long term direction or timing of turns, but perhaps I'm missing something.
    10 Nov 2013, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • bazooooka
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    There is some correlation to be sure but likely not trade able by itself.

    10 Nov 2013, 07:48 PM Reply Like
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