McCLELLAN SUMMATION INDEX
The McClellan Summation Index is a market breath indicator based on the
The McClellan Summation Index was developed by Sherman and Marian McClellan. Extensive
coverage of the index is provided in their book
Patterns for Profit.
The McClellan Summation Index is a long-term version of the McClellan Oscillator. Its
interpretation is similar to that of the McClellan Oscillator except that it is more suited
to major trend reversals.
As explained in the Calculation section, there are two methods to
calculate the Summation Index. The two calculation methods create indicators with
identical appearances, but their numeric values differ. These interpretational comments
refer to the "suggested" calculation method explained in the Calculation section.
McClellan suggests the following rules for use with the Summation Index:
Look for major bottoms when the Summation Index falls below -1,300.
Look for major tops to occur when a divergence (page 29) with the market occurs
above a Summation Index level of +1,600.
The beginning of a significant bull market is indicated when the Summation Index
crosses above +1,900 after moving upward more than 3,600 points from its prior low
(e.g., the index moves from -1,600 to +2,000).
The following chart shows the
McClellan Summation Index and the New York Stock Exchange
At the point labeled "A," the Summation Index fell below -1,300. This signified a
major bottom. The point labeled "B" indicated the beginning of a significant bull market,
because the Summation Index rose above +1,900 after moving upward more than 3,600 points
from its prior low.
The McClellan Summation Index can be calculated using two different methods. This first
method is the suggested method promoted by Mr. McClellan. It subtracts 10% (approximately
19-day) and 5% (approximately 39-day) exponential moving averages of advancing minus
declining issues from the McClellan Oscillator.
The second method is to calculate a cumulative sum of the McClellan Oscillator values: