MarketMood Tuesday: Government Spotlight

Where We've Been: 

Monday's mood pattern says to be "on alert" for anything today.  MMI was looking up (above open) after a down open.  The market sure tried, but gave out near end of day.  MM MACD turned from sell to neutral at today's open. 

Where We're Heading: 

Monday's mood pattern shows a government or legal focus for tomorrow (U.S. senate hearings?).   MM Trend Trader continues to maintain at "buy" in both the main signal and higher probability signal, however bears are in charge for the near term until the S&P 500 can regain 3901.  

Internet search theme source data for MMI inputs: TV, woman, villain, relationship, legal, ending

Next 3 Days:

Date         Daily MMI   MMI 2* 
2/23 up  up
2/24 up  -
2/25 down  up

*MMI 2 uses an alternate dynamic algorithm to convert the same sentiment source data to S&P direction as the original MMI algorithm.  

MM Indicators and Trading Parameters Summary:

IndicatorScope Direction
LTTILonger Term Trend Bullish
MMTT (main) Medium Term Trend Bullish
MMTT (HP)Medium Term Trend Bullish
MMTT (b/b)Near Term bull/bear Trend Line 3901 SPX
MM MACDSwing Trade N/A
MMINext calculated daily sentiment bias Up

Shorter Term MarketMood Indicator vs. S&P 500 Charts:

The Moving Average Momentum (MAM): It's been quite a long time since there was a normal major high or low signal. the indicator's last major low signal was 24-31 Dec., 2018.  The market rallied strongly following the close on Dec. 24 which fulfilled the major low signal.  There was an ambiguous low signal from 20-27 Mar. 2020.  It was a combo major low and minor high in the same region.  The market did make a substantial low in that time-frame.  The last major high signal was 8-27 Jan. 2020 (possibly the longest window ever).  The closing high on 17 Jan. appeared to have fulfilled that, as the market dropped over 100 points following this window.  Yet, the market quickly recovered its losses and made a new high.  However, with that being the first major trend change signal in over a year, we needed to take seriously that it was pointing to something very different happening in both mood and market.  Soon after the market saw its largest losses ever. 

Current status: neutral

Intermediate Term Forecast:

A bearish wave is expected to begin sometime in February, but pullbacks have so far been quick and/or scarce.   The mood pattern that accompanies this indication usually implies a pullback of a month or more, yet there are multiple possibilities for the month of March depending on whether a flip down occurs or not.  The weekly outlook shows a bearish turn in mood through at least the end of February.   More details are available in the 13 Feb. -  5 Mar. Big Picture Update video.

MarketMood Trend Trader

The chart below uses three sentiment trend lines to generate a swing trade signal of BUY if 2 out of 3 are greater than 0 and SELL if 2 out of 3 are less than 0.  Trade length averages 9 days, but can be as short as 1 and has been as long as 60.  The signal is updated each day after market close.  Back-testing shows this signal averaging about 12 SPX points per trade over the last few years.  Back-testing a higher probability signal derived only from the two mood related trend lines averages 33 SPX points per trade, but only initiates trades about once every 3 weeks.  Note: past performance does not guarantee future results.

Current signal: BUY since 3 Feb.  HP signal: BUY since 16 Feb. 

MM MACD signal is SELL and the intermediate trend is UP.  There is no swing trade signal.

The MM MACD is similar to a standard MACD, except that it uses the MMI signal data to extend several days beyond today, while the standard MACD relies solely on historical market data.   

Long Term Forecast:

The long term trend is indicated by the general divergence between the stock market and the mood generated forecast (see long term chart below).  The MM Long Term Trend Indicator (bottom chart) which is derived from this divergence, indicates: "Bullish Trend, hold long long-term positions."  The MM LTTI has had this indication since 4 Nov 2020.  

The MM LTTI measures trend strength using the divergence between the market trend and the forecast trend. 

For the Extremely Curious:

In normal mode, the top of the mood chart is primary, and in inverted mode the bottom of the chart is.  Normal mode is currently in effect. 

Tomorrow's market mood and news themes: government and legal matters

Tomorrow's trader context is: decision time


MMI does least well in these conditions-- 1) EW 4th wave, 2) EW b wave, 3) Diagonals, and 4) Topping.  More than one of these conditions concurrently present will further diminish performance.

Note: Changes to next day MMI signals occur about 5% of the time, and will be announced in updates as well as the daily report should they occur.  Same day signals will not change.  Day 2 and 3 signals reflect the most current information, and are subject to change. The default trade per the daily signals is executed at market on close. except on Mondays, as there is a signal for Monday open (i.e. "weekend close") and Monday close.  Historical data implies that the daily MMI signals tend to be correct as daily direction calls about 63% of the time over the long term.

Dr. Cari Bourette is an analyst at, where she provides her proprietary market mood analysis in our flagship service, "Avi's Market Alerts."