One Amazing Stock and the "Death Cross"

Last week I talked about the "death cross". This ominous sounding indicator is watched by many long-term investors. A "death cross" occurs when the 50-day moving average moves below the 200-day moving average. It sounds a little morbid, but this indicator has been useful in the past.

Let me give you some examples of the "death cross" during the past 8 years. Since 2007, there have been four times when the "death cross" has come into play. On January 14, 2008, a "death cross" was signaled and that was the start of the big downturn that lasted until July 8, 2009, when the 50-day moving average moved back over the 200-day moving average.

On July 7, 2010, the 50-day moving average once again dipped below the 200-day moving average signaling a bear trend. That signal came to an end on October 4, 2010, and proved to be more of a consolidation than a bear market.

We had to wait until August 25, 2011 for the next "death cross". This again proved to be short lived, only about four months and in retrospect, looked more like a consolidation that a bear market. That signal ended on January 4, 2012.

So what are we to make of this last "death cross", the one that occurred yesterday? Continue reading "One Amazing Stock and the "Death Cross""