The 2 Charts That Have BofA Worried About A "Greater Correction" In Stocks

While the S&P500 rebounded sharply on Friday, BofAML's Macneil Curry warns evidence continues to say that this is a very late stage advance from which a greater correction is forthcoming. The recent deterioration in breadth (52wk highs failing to keep track with price), the negative seasonal period and divergences between the broader indexes say that risk/reward is skewing to the downside. Bottom Line: "The S&P 500 is vulnerable."


Via BofAML's Macneil Curry,

The S&P500 is vulnerable

While the trend in the S&P500 is still higher, with potential for a near term push towards 2000; this is a very late stage advance from which we look for a medium term correction. 1944 (the June-26 low) is key. Below here confirms a top and turn...


The 2 charts he is most concerned about...



The bearish divergence for new 52-week highs from last May points to fewer and fewer new 52-week highs as the S&P 500 has continued to rally to new all-time highs. This suggests weaker internals.

The divergence in new 52-week highs from last May is a sign of a maturing rally from late 2012.


and Seasonals... 

With President Obama in his second term, 2014 is an incumbent mid-term.2014 is following the incumbent midterm year YTD through June. The pattern calls for a June/July peak ahead of a pullback into September. This has the potential to support large and mega caps relative to small caps.


Going back to 1928, July is the strongest month of the year with an average return of 1.52% and is up 57% of the time. However, June was up 1.9% and July returns tend to fizzle, not sizzle, after an up June. When the month of June is up, July is up only 51% of the time and has an average return of 0.48%. This is well below average for July and a below the average monthly return for all months of 0.59%.


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