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Market Sentiment Very Balanced

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 23rd, 2009 2:06 PM |

Our Economic All-Star Laszlo Birinyi has recently had some very good calls on the market.  His funds are outperforming the major stock market averages by 10-15%. Birinyi is an excellent stock picker but also has an experienced professional’s “feel” for the market.

His weekly Blogger Sentiment Poll provides us an easy snapshot as to current investor attitudes. Recall that when a bullish reading approaches 30%, it is an indication of the market being oversold. Similarly, if a bullish reading approaches 70% it is an indication of the market being overbought.


The market overall has done somewhat better over the last few weeks but has given some of that improvement back in this week’s trading. In investment terms, this price action is known as “running in place,” “range trading,” or “moving sideways.”  

Not surprisingly, the readings in Birinyi’s polls indicate a very balanced short term sentiment. 


Is The Market Overbought?

Posted by Larry Doyle on April 1st, 2009 9:55 PM |

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on whether the market was oversold. Allow me to re-introduce a few topics . . .

The market valuation of any asset is determined by three factors:

1. Fundamentals: measures items such as cash flow analysis, cost-benefit analysis, earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation (EBITDA)

2. Technicals: measured by regression of price movements to determine overbought and oversold conditions

3. Psychology: measured by unscientific surveys of market participants

And now the update:

1st quarter earnings are due out over the next few weeks. Most analysts and managers I follow believe these earnings will be lower than expectations and that 4th quarter 2008 earnings will be revised lower. Will companies provide guidance going forward? Many companies have refrained given the economic uncertainty. (more…)

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