Market Rallies Getting Weaker and Weaker


"Today, we look at an indicator called the Force Index. . ."

This is a commentary on the SP 500 index and the broader NYSE index. As I often mention here for Partners, we try to work in probabilities and then plan accordingly with our investing and trading. I look at Elliott Waves, Fibonacci levels, oversold and overbought patterns, cycles and other indicators to give me some clues. Today, we look at an indicator called the Force Index.

The Force Index: Developed by Dr Alexander Elder, the Force index combines price movements and volume to measure the strength of bulls and bears in the market. The raw index is rather erratic and better results are achieved by smoothing with a 2-day or 13-day exponential moving average (EMA).
  • The higher the positive reading on the Force index, the stronger is the bulls' power.
  • Deep negative values signal that the bears are very strong.
  • If Force index flattens out it indicates that either (a) volumes are falling or (b) large volumes have failed to significantly move prices. Both are likely to precede a reversal.
That last explanation I bolded because we may be under that type of condition. Below are two charts, one with the SP 500 and the other is the NYSE composite index. Recently, the NYSE composite has managed a light 45% retracement of the Jan/Feb decline, whereas the SP 500 has managed a stronger 67% retracement of the prior decline. Some have surmised the SP futures are being manipulated most every Monday morning by strange and heavy futures buying in pre-market. 22 of the last 25 weeks this has been the case, yet the overall internals of the market are not showing as being very strong if you look at the Force Index. They especially show up weak if you view the larger NYSE composite index, which would be much harder to "paint" as it were.

My point on these charts is to look at the brown color for the Force index as it relates to the market movements over several months. As that brown graph gets weaker with each rally, it means the bulls have less and less power and volume and money pushing the market higher. Most recently, this last market rally has been the weakest in months according to The Force Index indicator, and again, helps to provide me with clues that a C wave down is still due.

This may help you all understand my apprehension near term on the broader markets and why we have positioned or recommended positioning in the EDZ and/or the TZA ETFs. The market may bounce a bit higher early in the week to complete the zigzag bounce from the Feb lows, but I expect a re-test of the Jan/Feb lows to commence. If I'm wrong, it won't be the first time nor the last. . .

SP 500 Weekly Chart

NYSE Composite ChartóDaily Chart

David Banister is the Chief Investment Strategist for and for the soon to launch You can review all of our offerings at

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