Fundamental and technical indicators of the market's health
Key indexes vs. their 200-day moving averages:
A stock index's 200-day moving average indicates the basic trend, up or down. It is generaly bullish if the index stays above the average.
Price-to-earnings ratio of the Standard & Poor's 500: 27.64
Based on actual earnings per share, 12 months ended Dec. 31
Average since 1923: 13.5
Dividend yield of the Standard & Poor's 500: 1.44
Average dividend yield of blue-chip stocks
Average since 1923: 4.5%
Weekly new highs vs. new lows on the NYSE: 731/71
Data for the week ended Friday. More highs than lows is preferable, indicating a bullish trend.
Investment newsletter sentiment: Stocks' near-term trend as predicted by 135 independent investment newsletters, weekly survey by Investors Intelligence. The data are often viewed as a contrarian indicator: A rising percentage of bulls can signal a topping market.
Mar. 13 Friday Bullish: 48.8% 48.0% Bearish: 27.6% 27.6% Correction: 23.6 24.4
The ratio of stock put options to call options traded last week on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. A low put-call ratio--under 0.40--can be construed as bearish because it indicates a high level of optimism, leaving a lot of room for disappointment.
Source: A.G. Edwards & Sons. More information can be found at http://www.agedwards.com on the World Wide Web