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Jeff Saut of Raymond James says his indicators are pointing to historical buying points:

“the recent downside dive from May 1st’s 1415 level into last Friday’s close of 1295.22 has caused many of my indicators to register readings not seen in a long time. For example, the McClellan Oscillator is now at oversold readings not seen since the recent April 10th trading bottom (see chart on page 3). Then there is the CBOE Equity Put/Call Ratio, which is flashing a “buy signal” that has proven profitable at every downside inflection point since 1994; or, as the astute folks at Bespoke write:

“Following today’s 0.44% decline (5/16/12) in the S&P 500, the 10-day Advance/Decline line for the S&P 500 has now dropped down to –1,930. This is an extreme oversold reading based on historical standards. For those unfamiliar with the indicator, the 10-Day A/D line is simply a rolling 10-day total of the daily net number (of similar readings) shows that equities have historically rebounded after hitting such extreme oversold levels. Over the next week, the S&P 500 averages a gain of 1.21% with positive returns two-thirds of the time. Over the next month, the S&P 500 averages a gain of 5.58% with positive returns 83% of the time. Going out three months, the S&P 500 averages a gain of 7.68%, and over the next six months the index averages a gain of 13.35%.”

Adding to the litany of downside inflection-point indicators is the AAII (American Association of Individual Investors) survey that recorded its lowest bullish reading (23.6% bulls) since August 2010. Moreover, my parade of short/intermediate-term indicators shows a composite reading that is at historic levels. To wit, there have only been only four other times when my indicators have combined to show such negative inclinations. More than seventy percent of the time, given such readings, the major market averages have been higher a week later, while 92% of the time they have been higher a month later. “

Soource: Raymond James

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