November 16, 2018 5:33pm
The tug-of-war of volatility with strong moves to the upside and weakness to the down
Interesting volume stat: 7 out of 28 of the upside had higher (than the 3 month average) volume and 3 out of the 14 downside experienced greater volume (than the 3 month average).
Who is defining the metrics for investors?
Some have stated, “I am the “weatherman” of the sector; forecasting and presenting conditions of the sector in a given period.”
“Wherefore art thou” … is occasionally used in retellings of Romeo and Juliet but, in our sector; traders are the buyers for downtrodden equities. Deny thy pricing and refuse thy orders; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my sentiment and I’ll no longer be a depreciated sector share holder.
Daily analytics and metrics:
- The Dow closed up +123.95 points or +0.49% to 25,413.22
- The S&P closed up +6.07 points or +0.22% to 2,736.27
- The NASDAQ closed down -11.16 points or -0.15% to 7,247.87
From the pre-open newsletter, “enduring a bumpy market path; there is confusion as the focus is short-term with some or none near or long-term expectation. Risk is not always diminished as time rolls forward. There is just too much fluctuation and investors get tired and more skeptical of risk adjusted prognoses.”
The advance/decline line scenario of 45 covered companies:
- The open was positive with an A/DL of 37/8 and 0 flat;
- The mid-day was positive with an A/DL of 24/17 and 4 flats;
- The close was positive with an A/DL of 28/14 and 3 flats;
- I had stated, “I have an upside hang-over, the positive aspect felt great but … after October and November so far – I’m distrusting everything!”
Five (5) key metrics:
… Greatest volume to the downside: XON, GBT, CLLS, AST and CUR
… Upside volume was weighted to: MDXG, SGMO, VSTM, HSGX and IONS
… Weakness ($) to the downside: AXGN (-$1.03), CLLS (-$0.51), GBT (-$0.34), BLCM (-$0.20) and OSIOR (-$0.18)
… Best moves ($) to the upside: ALNY (+$3.79), SLDB (+$2.82), BLUE (+$2.56), SAGE (+$2.33) and RGNX (+$2.32)
… The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology (IBB) closed:
- Friday was up +0.86% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.14% UPSIDE in the pre-market;
- Thursday was up +2.19% after NOT indicating in the pre-market;
- Wednesday was down -2.03% after NOT indicating in the pre-market;
- Tuesday was down -0.4% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.06% in the pre-market;
- Monday was down -3% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.06% in the pre-market;
- Last Friday was down -2.21% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.08% in the pre-market;
The sector kept its pants on to close positive after a dive at 11:30 a.m. (A/DL of 15/28 and 2 flats) and an afternoon come-back.
As I had also stated, “after a precipitous drops in value since the previous Thursday … a stage was set for an UPSIDE bounce” and “the biggest threat to the current … share pricing … is that sentiment is dependent on trading as many institutional funds are not increasing their “participation” in these lowered prices.”
The danger of repeating October’s results < looks real enough, in 23 sessions in October – there were 17 negative closes and 6 positive closes. So far in November, In 11 session– there were 5 positive closes, 1 neutral and 6 negative closes.
Crispers bounced back up after Wednesday’s hard close after Tuesday’s ups:
- CRSP closed up +$0.77 to end the week; after Thursday’s +$1.63, Wednesday’s -$1.72, Tuesday’s +$0.31;
- EDIT closed up +$0.88 after Thursday’s +$1.18, Wednesday’s -$2.08 and Tuesday’s +$0.79;
- NTLA closed up +$0.53 after Thursday’s +$0.31; Wednesday’s -$1.25 and Tuesday’s +$0.96;
I kept telling many, they had become trading vehicles and they have been!
Applied Genetic Technologies (AGTC) closed down to end the week -$0.04 to $6.86 after Thursday’s +$0.07, Wednesday’s -$0.32 to $6.83, Tuesday’s +$0.10, Monday’s +$0.35 or +5.22% to $7.05 and last Friday’s $6.70;
Tonight’s percentage (%) indicators:
- Review the range of the 28 upside from +0.18% (STML) to +9.09% (SLDB) while the 14 downside ranged from -0.30% (ADRO) to -5% (KOOL -$0.02) with 3 flat closes (BSTG, PSTI and RENE.L).
- 7 out of 28 of the upside had higher (than the 3 month average) volume
- 3 out of the 14 downside experienced greater volume (than the 3 month average).
Friday closed POSITIVE with 14 decliners, 28 advancers and 3 flat;
Thursday closed POSITIVE with 12 decliners, 33 advancers and 0 flat;
Wednesday closed NEGATIVE with 36 decliners, 7 advancers and 2 flats;
Tuesday closed NEUTRAL with 21 decliners, 21 advancers and 3 flats;
Monday closed NEGATIVE with 40 decliners, 4 advancers and 1 flat;
Friday closed NEGATIVE with 39 decliners, 6 advancers and 0 flat;
Thursday closed NEGATIVE with 26 decliners, 19 advancers and 1 flat;
Wednesday closed POSITIVE with 12 decliners, 32 advancers and 1 flat;
Tuesday closed NEGATIVE with 22 decliners, 21 advancers and 2 flats;
Monday closed NEGATIVE with 35 decliners, 7 advancers and 3 flats;
Friday closed POSITIVE with 20 decliners, 22 advancers and 3 flats;
Thursday (11/1) closed POSITIVE with 3 decliners, 42 advancers and 0 flat;
- In 23 sessions in October – there were 17 negative closes and 6 positive closes
- In 19 sessions in September – there were 10 negative closes and 9 positive close;
- In 21 August sessions – 6 had negative and 15 had positive closes
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Henry McCusker, the editor and publisher of RegMed Investors does not hold or have positions in securities referred to in this publication.