This Key Chart Shows Why The Stock Market Is Set To Crater
October 3, 2013
There is reason to be concerned that this stock market decline may begin to dramatically accelerate. There is an incredibly important chart featured below which shows why the stock market may finally be set to crater.
If you look at the chart below, the last time stocks were near this level at the end of August and the beginning of September, there was a tremendous amount of pessimism. If you look at the chart today, after many speculative stocks have soared, there is a great deal of optimism. When stocks were at the recent lows, KWN warned on September 1st that there could be a fierce rally because of the pessimism. The Dow proceeded to see a huge 1,000 point surge. Now it appears the opposite may be true as stocks could be set for a dramatic decline based on the latest reading.
Here is the latest Investors Intelligence report along with the all-important sentiment chart: “… After their third straight increase the bulls were 46.4%, up from 44.3% a week ago. August ended with a reading of 37.1% after a month of contraction from 51.6%. They were mostly invested at those highs. After raising cash with the sell-off they are still recommitting those funds as they project a return to recent highs. Their number can increase more before they point to a nearly fully invested outlook. Readings above 50% start to become a concern. The prior reading near the August low for the bulls was in November 2012 when their count was 37.2%.
Negative projections decreased despite the budget deadlock, with a drop for the bears to 18.6% from 20.6% the prior week. The bearish reading has remained near 20% almost throughout this year, and that was just above the low at 18.1% from early August. They were surprised by the Fed’s recent failure to shift strategy as they believed that was the primary support for stocks this year. A few added the debt problem but overall they are clearly frustrated for the market’s strength. If markets climb a wall of worry the lack of bears is a worry for further gains.