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March 17

In response to several emails I've received on the new highs and new lows charts, perhaps a further explanation is warranted.

We should not be comparing the number of new highs to the market of a few weeks ago. The market was not in a rally mode then. Instead we should compare the number of stocks at new highs on this rally vs. the last big rally peak. In this case, we should compare the strength of this rally to the early January highs in the averages. And currently, with the


about 300 points higher than in January, there are less than half as many stocks making new highs.

As for new lows, about four times as many stocks are making new lows now vs. the highs in January. It is not a good sign when a market is at its highs and the number of new lows is up around 70 or 80. At this juncture, that reading should be closer to 10 or 20.

In simple terms, investors may be making money, but not as much as in January, and it's more likely they are underperforming in this current surge.

New Highs and New Lows

Overbought/Oversold Oscillator

Cumulative Advance/Decline Line

Helene Meisler, based in Singapore, writes a technical analysis column on the U.S. equity markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, and updates her charts daily on Meisler trained at several Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs and Cowen, and has worked with the equity trading department at Cargill. At time of publication, she held no positions in the stocks mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. She appreciates your feedback at