Marsh & McLennan (MMC) To Drop On Next Two Day Pullback

Published June 15, 2017
5:31 PM

Marsh & McLennan Companies(MMC) has been in a bullish trend since 2009. It has been on a quicker and narrower bull trend since the beginning of 2016. On multiple occasions through this trend, three of the technical indicators discussed below are at similar or higher levels, than they are now. These instances have resulted in short-term losses for the stock. I have laid out the reasons and levels to which the stock may drop while it most likely continues its long-term trend.


When we look at technical indicators, the relative strength index (RSI) is at 81.3492. RSI tends to determine trends, momentum, overbought and oversold levels as well as likelihood of price swings. I personally use anything above 75 as overbought and anything under 25 as oversold. Currently the RSI well overbought.

The positive vortex indicator (VI) is at 1.4006 and the negative is at 0.6499. When the positive level is higher than 1 and higher than the negative indicator, the overall price action is moving upward. When the negative level is higher than 1 and higher than the positive indicator, the overall price action is moving downward. The positive value is at one of its highest levels ever. This always results in a pullback for the stock which should begin within days.

The stochastic oscillator K value is 92.5655 and D value is 89.1630. This is a cyclical oscillator that is highly accurate and can be used to identify overbought/oversold levels as well as pending reversals and short-term activity. I personally use anything above 80 as overbought and below 20 as oversold. When the K value is higher than the D value, the stock is trending up. When the D value is higher that the K value the stock is trending down. The stochastic is very overbought. It cannot sit at this level much longer. Once the K value crosses below the D, the stock should begin to drop.


I have created an algorithm (called SAG gauge) which signals when stocks are truly overbought and oversold. The algorithm indicates when a particular stock meets multiple criteria which culminates in an oversold or overbought alert. That signal will occur within the next few days once the stock sees two days of consecutive drops. Because this signal will go off after continued drops, now is the best time to enter a position and take greater advantage of the pending downward movement.

Upon back-testing this indicator, it has signaled overbought status 82 times dating back to 1987. Eighty percent of the time the stock drops at least 0.75% over the following 30 trading days after the indicator date. Seventy percent of the time, the stock drops 2% and fifty percent of the time drops 4%.

In the history of this stock, it always drops a minimum of 2.55% when the positive VI is at or above its current level at the same time the RSI is at or above its current level. This additional study requires the stochastic to be overbought as it is today too. Eleven occurrences met this criteria and were studied. The median loss for the stock is 5.13% and the loss takes a median of 21 trading days to occur. The standard deviation for this first study is 2.42%. Five of these instances occurred at the same time the SAG gauge determined the stock to be overbought. The minimum loss for these instances is 3.12% and the median drop is 3.80%. The standard deviation for this second study is 1.48% The maximum movement for this stock could occur within the next 17-30 days.

Considering the RSI, VI and stochastic levels, the overall direction favors a move to the downside. Based on historical movement compared to current levels and the SAG gauge, the stock could drop at least 3% over the next 37 trading days if not sooner.

DISCLOSURE: I currently do not have positions in the stock mentioned above. I plan to initiate a position within the next 72 hours. Historical movements and technical indicators should never be the sole basis for entering positions involving risk. Make sure appropriate research is conducted prior to taking any risk in a marketplace.

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