S&P 500 Update
In mid-January, I asked: Is the ‘Bear Market’ Already Over?
The above article highlighted bearish (bullish for stocks) sentiment extremes, the average bear market trajectory (which projected a rally), and – most importantly – a bullish breadth thrust.
Therefore it’s no surprise that stocks continued higher. What is surprising (at least to me), is that they did so without any real pullback. Strong momentum overrode any pullback attempts.
This is highly unusual.
The January 30, 2019 Profit Radar Report stated that: “Based on the most likely Elliott Wave Theory count, upcoming gains should be choppy as waves 4 and 5 of various degrees unfold.”
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The market sure has been choppy, but continues to grind higher.
This comment in the February 12 Profit Radar Report highlights the conundrum of whether to chase price or not (back then and today):
“The S&P 500 is on the cusp of breaking above resistance, and based on after-hours action is likely to do so tomorrow. Forward looking indicators (like Elliott Wave Theory) suggest this rally leg will relapse, but momentum and the technical breakout could over-power future expectations in real time.”
I recommended an official buy limit order for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), but later down graded it to a buy recommendation for aggressive investors only.
The S&P 500 has now arrived at another juncture.
The S&P 500 futures chart shows that 2,812 – 2,818 is important. Sometimes important price levels are subject to a brief seesaw.
In fact, there’s a pattern right now that – if in place – projects a pop and drop.
I’ve seen a couple of those patterns fail recently, so in order for the pop and drop pattern to gain teeth, the S&P will have to pop above resistance and thereafter drop below resistance.
If that happens, the down side risk could be quite significant.
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