When SPY broke below its 260-280 box two weeks ago, it entered into a downward spiral and quickly dropped to the low 230s. Few were prepared for a 10% fall in seven trading days. The oversold bounce came a bit later than expected by most but it was a powerful one. Those who bought the extreme weakness too early, are very motivated to sell when their break-even levels are reached. This is why bear markets characterize with monster rallies followed by powerful reversals.
SPY has most likely entered into another box and we will see range-bound trading in the next few weeks. That range could be 240 to 260, or 230 to 250. The smartest way to approach the new box is to play the ranges and stay away from breakouts and breakdowns because most of them are likely to fail on longer time frames.
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The big 5% Wednesday was followed by a strong intra-day pullback but a strong close. In the end, all major market averages finished near the highs of their daily range.
Overall, today was a big win for the bulls. There are more stocks setting up and looking constructively. With all positives in mind, it makes sense to continue to be cautious and to operate with the thesis that this is just a rally within an ongoing bear market, which means stay nimble and don’t hesitate to take partial profits on strength, often. From a technical perspective, SPY has room to run to 260 before it encounters a serious resistance.
The stock market has been in a free fall as of late. Last week, we saw a major acceleration in the selloff. Ever since the S&P 500 lost 2600, the selling has been relentless. Market breadth has reached deeply oversold levels that are seen very rarely. Sentiment is getting more bearish by the minute. These conditions have historically led to two outcomes:
A 10-15% counter-trend bounce;
The first is more likely than the second, but the second is not impossible.
In today’s show, we go over the price action in SPY, QQQ, AAPL, HYG, USO, AMZN, FB, among many others.