If the Numerator is bigger than the Denominator then the ratio goes UP. If vice versa, the ratio goes down. If we put one security over another then we can plot the relative strength and note when a shift in this relative strength takes place. This shift can show rotation. What you’ll find is the XLP/$SPX ratio EXACTLY nailed all the highs and lows since 2000. Yes, the high in 2000 was accompanied by an inflection in the ratio … what is of interest now is the ratio has not made a new low while the S&P makes new highs. This divergence is important …
here’s a long term monthly of the ratio posted on this blog in/around November. 2014 has shown a divergence that has not occurred since the XLP came on line. The divergence is a “new high” in the S&P while the ratio has NOT made a new low. Monitor …
lastly, I like to use a “real world” or “main street USA” stock to monitor w/ the ratio analysis … WMT/SPX has also been extremely helpful in topping or bottoming at major inflection points. Suprisingly, this ratio has not made new lows either. In the classic technical analysis realm – looks like a double bottom forming.
For those who have been following me since I started this summer, you’ll find I spend considerable amount of time analyzing the RELATIVE STRENGTH of the STAPLES vs the S&P. Why? The theory is that, in times of volatility and/or bearishness the “big guys” (read: institutions) will rotate into a defensive posture such as staples. We need “staples” to live … water bottles, food stuffs, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. This does not mean that they won’t go down it simply means they are stronger from a relative strength basis. If the ratios is GOING UP then volatility and bearishness is taking place … if the ratio is going DOWN then “good times” are here and, generally speaking, it’s BULLISH. Where I take it to another level is in the pattern recognition … by using advanced pattern recognition techniques across the entire circle of life I try to develop a thesis and then deploy capital in the most risk adjusted manner …
the week of October 07, 2013 we have an AMAZING BUY of the ratio that was precise in both PRICE and TIME. It hit, the market sold off but it was subsequently taken out and the PATTERN FAILED. End result: BULLISH for the stock market.
it was also noted, that the .02 level was a potential target. at the beginning of the new year this target was hit and, while it held intraday it has been subsequently been defeated. In my mind, I try to stay away from intraday spike highs or spike lows …however, if we get a weekly close below a pattern level THEN, probability says it’s a failed pattern. Take a look at the below chart … we have a weekly close below. End result: BULLISH for the stock market.
so … while we aren’t too far below the level depicted (1.27 and .786 overlap – usually strong support) I can tell you we need to get back up above and close above on a daily basis that level OR this S&P move could continue.
also, I put my trust weekly 14 period RSI in to check out the “zones” for it’s support or resistance … I went back as far as my data would allow and I can tell you that 1) we have bullish divergence on the DAILY chart and on the weekly this is the lowest the RSI has ever been.
the other ratio we have looked at is the Walmart Greeter ratio … same thought process, except this is a single stock. The “whole world” loves WMT so if the volatility comes back, THEN, the “big boys” will rotate to that defensive hallmark of Walmartians. Guess what, it completed it’s pattern TODAY and, should go any lower …if the bear case is to be credible w/ our ratio’s. Here’s the last post on the Walmartians:
we completed a perfect price/time pattern BUY on the ratio and it did, in fact, respect the pattern level. HOWEVER, since then we have taken out the lows of that pattern and if we go back you’ll see that the .786 was ‘still a target.’ the importance of this ratio cannot be overstated – at every major inflection point since 2000 (I don’t have data that goes back any farther) it has pointed to all of the tops and bottoms of the market. perhaps we’ll go down and tag the .786 … what I can say, is if we blow thru the .786 then it will show a lack of institutional fear in this market as the thesis is the staples start to out perform as rotation occurs in a volatile or bearish market. so far, this ratio has been stagnant and correcting for a very long time … let’s stay tuned and see what a little lower does for our ratio.
additionally, I have included the WMT gauge. please see these posts to get a feel for the importance of this ratio: