One of the signs of a true bull market is the follow through off a low-above-a-low pattern in short-term breadth (the NYMO).
The signal is displayed in the top portion of the chart below.
It is buy signal for aggressive traders looking for a rally to begin off a meaningful market bottom. In bull markets, it almost always has follow through to the upside immediately. That hasn’t quite happened in recent months, which has made everything in the current market psychology suspect. See August on the chart as an example.
But it did happen today — after triggering yesterday for today’s open, there was the immediate follow through to the upside.
Now the bulls need long-term breadth (the NYSI) to turn up in the next day or two, which is the trending signal. The NYSI is the smoothed line in the middle of the chart below. It is still falling but…
If both breadth indicators get in line, there is a good chance the market rallies strongly, possibly for several weeks, maybe back to the recent highs, maybe higher.
But, of course, as has happened all through these unstable times, it will be a rally that can be killed by a tweet.