I think at this point I’ve exhausted my thesis about there being too much overhead supply across the stock market. But yesterday I was doing my weekly Dow 30 review, and I couldn’t help but notice how many examples I found where prices were now holding below a ton of former support, which of course, turns into overhead supply. The old saying is, “Don’t fight Papa Dow”, meaning that if you can take the weight-of-the-evidence you’re seeing from the Dow 30 stocks, you’re going to get a very good idea of which direction the major averages are headed. Say what you want about price-weighted indexes, but the correlations the Dow has with the other large-cap averages is through the roof. Whether you agree with how a price-weighted index is constructed or not, the Dow moves with the S&P500 and your other favorite cap-weighted indexes. So we like to track it because the fact that there are only 30 stocks in it makes it simple for us to do.
Here are a few examples of overhead supply throughout the Dow 30. All of these broken support levels become resistance on any rebounds. We’re talking about either the bag holders that didn’t sell when they had the opportunity or the ones who bought too late. The overhead supply consists of the excessively large, “just please get me back to break even” crowd that is sitting there
waiting hoping for a bounce back in order to sell it to you.
Johnson & Johnson:
Procter & Gamble:
There are more examples but I think you get the point. A lot of these stocks are stuck below a ton of overhead supply. It is very difficult for prices to just rip right through that without first absorbing all of that supply. At the very best it’s going to take some time. At the very worst, things will get uglier before they get better. Either way, it is more of a sell strength environment than a buy weakness. That’s how I see it.
Sure, there are exceptions to this overhead supply phenomenon like Nike, United Health and Home Depot that are sitting right near their all time highs and not below overhead supply like so many others. But these are the few exceptions, not the majority. It’s no wonder the Dow Jones Industrial Average itself is stuck below so much overhead supply:
This is a big theme right now and an ongoing problem. I don’t care about China or interest rates or whatever the “problem” du jeur is being advertised by the media. I’m worried about the overhead supply. If there are more sellers than buyers, it’s hard for prices to rise. That’s just supply and demand 101. We will keep reevaluating, but I don’t see this problem going away any time soon.
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