Stock indices are at all-time highs, while the overall tone in current and recent sell/buy ratios from Vickers Stock Research remains one of clear caution. Indeed, at 5.47, Vickers’ Total One-Week Sell/Buy ratio, which measures activity across the NYSE, Nasdaq, and American Stock Exchange, is at its highest level since July 2023, shortly before the market experienced a 10% pullback in stock prices that extended until late October 2023. With readings above 2.50 signifying bearish sentiment, the Total One-Week ratio has now been in bearish territory since late November, fueling a rise in the Total Eight-Week Sell/Buy ratio to its current reading of 4.51. These cautious readings align with other developing concerns, such as overbought momentum, overbought breadth, and market sentiment that is exceedingly hot. Stocks have performed nicely so far in 2024, but insiders, with a recent uptick in pre-planned sales and decrease in buying, still seem to be building a defensive case.
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