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S&P 500: Revealing the “Real” Story About the Record High

Financial headlines do not always tell the full story

by Bob Stokes
Updated: August 25, 2020

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper than the headline to find out what really happened.

You know, like what's suggested by the television title "True Hollywood Story," or the BBC's "Real Story."

Sometimes getting the real scoop simply satisfies one's curiosity and is more entertainment than anything else. But, at other times, digging deeper into a subject can help one draw an important conclusion that may affect one's life -- or investments.

For example, consider this August 18 Washington Post headline:

U.S. stocks hit record high, ending shortest bear market in history

That headline was referring to the S&P 500 index. Of course, it suggests that a new rip-roaring bull market may be at hand. A new investor might say, "It's time to jump into the market with both feet."

Now, look at this August 22 CNBC headline:

The S&P 500′s return to a record doesn't tell the full story with 60% of stocks still with losses

Ah, this puts a whole new twist on the index returning to a record high. Of course, it suggests that the rally is not "deep," given it's being driven by less than half of the index's components. That's important information for an investor.

Our August 21 U.S. Short Term Update dug even deeper into the behavior of the stock market:

The S&P made a new high today, but the push was attended by negative breadth and negative up/down volume. While the S&P rallied 0.34% today (11.65 points), 56% of the index's issues closed down for the day and just 44% closed up. The new high was attended by Big Board advancing volume of just 33.6% and declining volume of 66.4%. According to SentimenTrader.com, the volume measures were the worst ever for a 0.34% rally dating back to 1962.

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Our Chief Market Analyst, the Update's editor -- a typically reserved, seasoned market professional -- uses the word "amazing" to describe what's recently taken place in the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite.

The Update's charts also reveal why comparing the NASDAQ Composite with the Value Line Composite at this particular juncture is important to you as an investor.

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