When the 50EMA crosses up through the 200EMA, it is commonly known as a Golden Cross, because it infers a positive long-term price trend. Our Golden Cross Index (GCI) shows the percentage of stocks in a given index with a golden cross condition. This chart shows the GCI readings for the S&P 500 Large-Cap, S&P 400 Mid-Cap, and S&P 600 Small-Cap Indexes, which are (rounded) 32, 25, and 23 respectively. We consider a reading below 50 to indicate a bear market, and we are well below that in all three groups. Nevertheless, the readings are still not as low as they got during the 2020 Bear Market. Note how all the GCIs dropped lower in 2021 (negative divergence) as the market reached all-time highs.
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For years we have used the 20EMA and 50EMA upside crossover as an indication of intermediate-term bullishness (we call it the “Silver Cross,” indicating that it is a companion for the Golden Cross Index), and we have created the Silver Cross Index (SCI) to reflect the intermediate-term condition of market indexes. This chart shows the SCI readings for the S&P 500, 400, and 600 Indexes, which are 10, 12, and 16 respectively. Again, those readings are not as bad as 2020, but they are dismal nonetheless.
For the last four days the market has been rallying, so we will probably see both the GCI and SCI turn up soon. With these and other indicators being at such oversold levels, the rally could be quite persistent. We shall see.
Conclusion: The Golden Cross and Silver Cross Indexes provide an excellent, in-depth assessment of the long-term and intermediate-term condition of the market. They show us how many stocks are participating in price movement up or down. We have these indicators for 21 market and sector indexes. Here is our table with the latest results:
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