Here's an update of relative dollar volume flows into the 30 Dow stocks as of the close of Friday, April 27th. Recall that we're assessing the dollar volume on upticks minus that on downticks each day for each stock and then expressing that dollar volume as a proportion of the total volume traded that day.
The blue line represents the Dow Jones Industrial Average Diamonds Trust, Series 1 (NYSEARCA:DIA); the pink line is a 10-day moving average of relative dollar volume flows (current flows minus the average flow over the past 200 trading sessions). The red horizontal line at the zero level thus represents the average level of dollar volume flow over the past 200 days.
You can see that, overall, we've had above average relative flows into the Dow stocks, supporting the recent rally. Note how dollar volume flows tailed off prior to the late February-March drop; that, so far, has not occurred in the present market. Accordingly, I'm not looking for any significant, extended corrections at this point in time.
The individual Dow stocks with outright negative flows during the month of April so far are The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). We're seeing relatively low positive flows in General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM), Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), and ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM). The latter is interesting, because oil prices (and stock prices of oil companies) have been high.
We're seeing very strong April flows into Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), and The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD). I find the latter especially interesting, given the housing weakness story.
I continue to hear from many traders, most of whom make the bear case. I agree with most of what they say regarding politics, the economy, etc. The fact remains, however, that institutions are putting funds to work in stocks. That's a tide I'm not willing to swim against.