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Stock Preparing for Pullback, Buy Bad News, Sell the Good

The SP500 remains in a strong uptrend, but the index has posted a sizable gains for 2013 thus far so it’s only logical that a pullback within this bull market takes place sooner than later.

With May now upon us and historically prices fall more times than not I feel a 3-4 weeks correction is on the verge of starting. This Friday we just had very strong economic numbers confirming the economy is recovering. This news has sent stocks sharply higher as shorts cover their positions and investors who are not yet long get into position to profit from higher prices. But the herd psychology and their trades are typically incorrect as they invest based on fear and greed. The old saying is buy on negative news and sell on positive news will typically get you on the correct side of the market more times than not if used with price, volume and cycles.

The Technical Traders – SP500 Index Weekly Chart

If we look at the price of the SP500 we need it to breakdown below the recent pivot low before I become bearish.

Volume which is not shown on this chart is below average as price moves higher and this is a bearish sign also.

Looking at a basic cycle using the stochastics indicator we can see that the current cycle is starting to turn down. Cycles tend to lead price during an uptrend so we could still have stocks move higher for another week or so but be aware that when price starts to drop its likely a market top. But until then you must respect the uptrend. Stocks can remain overbought and toppy looking for months… so done be gambling and trying to pick a top until we see breakdown start.

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SP500 Stocks Trading Above 200 Moving Average – The Technical Traders View

Stocks trading above the 200 day moving average is a great indicator for helping spot broad market underlying strength/weakness. It does lag the market but is still very powerful. The chart below shows this info and my thinking of what is likely to unfold sooner than later though price may still rise for several days yet.

I also use a similar chart for timing swing trades and market tops which are based on stocks trading above the 20 day moving average. This chart is not shown here but is now trading at a level which generally triggers selling/market top.

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Stock Market and SP500 Trading and Investing Conclusion:

In short, I am still bullish on the market as I focus on trading with the trend. I do not pick market tops and I do not pick market bottoms. Knowing that stocks make their biggest moves at the end of their uptrend and at the end of a down trend it’s only common sense that risk is extremely high if you are betting against the current trend.

The best thing to do is wait for a technical breakdown and reversal which puts the odds more in your favor with much less risk and typically a clear line in the sand to exit the position if you are incorrect.

The last major stock market top which formed in September of last year had a series of strong news and strong price action persuading the herd to buy stocks. Instead it was the last impulse wave up just before a strong correction took place. That is much like what we see now with the economic news.

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Investors are fearful and that means higher prices are around the corner

Everyone knows people make mistakes when rushed to do something or if they are scared of something bad happening. We also know fear and greed is what moves the market each month, week, day and tick… So when the majority of investors are selling their shares at the same time you must recognize the psychology behind it and prepare for a low risk trading opportunity in the days that follow.

Stepping back and looking at the general vibe in the financial arena we hear about Quantitative Easing II coming to an end which should help the dollar gain strength again. A rising dollar means lower stock and commodity prices. Also keep in mind the United States is in so much trouble they will always have quantitative easing even if they are not calling it QE, that’s my opinion anyways…

 

In addition, everyone was talking about the saying “sell in May and go away”. Take a look at the chart of the SP500. The first session in May was the highest point and the SP500 has only gone down since then. The chart below shows my fear indicator and with the masses all selling in the month of May I have to think it’s getting ready to bottom and start another 5-6% rally from down here. Keep in mind I am more neutral on the overall market for the longer term. In the next month or two I figure we see higher prices from here but come August we could see the dollar bottom and stocks sell off in a more significant manner.

 

Last but not least, gold and silver…
Looking back in time and reviewing inter-market relationships with gold and silver I feel more and more investors are becoming bearish and moving their money into safe havens like gold and silver. Recently we saw a sharp pullback in both gold and silver. The price and volume action that took place was a clear sign of distribution selling meaning big money players taking money out of those investments. I see this pattern happen in stocks, indexes and commodities all the time and it generally warrants caution!

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Typically we will see a few more new highs being reached which are quickly followed with strong selling. What happens is that the big money players allow the price to make a new high and that hits the headline news, CNBC, BNN etc…. drawing in new buyers and a surge of volume for the big money guys to sell into and exit their positions at the top. It also helps cover up their large volume selling.

Below is what I am thinking will take place in gold this summer.

 

Weekend Trend Conclusion:
In short, I feel the dollar will continue to slide lower, both stocks and commodities should have some strength over the next 1-2 months but after that all bets are off and it will be time to re-evaluate things.

The next week in the market will most likely make or break this outlook as the overall market is trading at a tipping point. Let’s see how this week pans out then take another look at the charts.

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How To Be Positioned for SP500, Gold & Oil

The second half of last week we saw some strong price action in the equities market. The SP500 broke through the 5 and 50 day moving averages closing the week just under key resistance levels. The SP500 futures will find resistance at the June high $1099.25, $1100 which is whole number then at $1103 which is the 200 day moving average. Each of these are clumped together making it really just one solid area which sellers will be waiting to short the market.

The market momentum and internals are looking strong for the equities market overall. With last weeks strong close we have seeing the percentage of stocks closing above their 50 and 200 day moving averages surge from 40% to 68% from the previous week. Stocks closing above their 20 day moving average jumped from 40% to 82% from the previous week. Seeing this type of shift in the market Momentum is generally a bullish indicator.

From a quick glance at the internals it looks as though Monday will trade flat/negative for the session. Reason being is that the NYSE Advance/Decline line is telling us the market is overbought when looking at a short term time frame. I would expect some selling Monday or possibly we get a gap up, then a sell off early in the session while the market digests last weeks strong closing.

Gold

Bullion has been giving mixed signals for while now. It looks like there has been a possible ABC retace, but on the other hand it looks to be forming a stair step pattern lower (series of bear flags). Until we get something more concrete from the charts lets just keep our eye on it for now.

Crude Oil

The past month we have seen oil form a bear flag which generally leads to lower prices. That said oil continues to grind its way higher closing at a key resistance level. This could be a possible double top before heading lower or we could get a breakout and rally this week. I know that does not sound helpful but remember oil is very sensitive to weather (hurricanes), US Dollar and geopolitical events making it much more unpredictable than one may think. That said I am not trading it right now.

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I feel the equities market has some strength behind it. But we must see the SP500 futures contract close strongly above the $1103 area. With the market overbought and trading at resistance I am favoring some early weakness Monday

As for the gold and oil, I am just going to keep an eye on them. I’m just not feeling/seeing the patterns which I find tradable at the moment for a low risk setup.

Quick Trading Tip: I try to always analyze and trade the market the way which has always worked for me. Keeping my emotions in control and filtering out as much news, events and opinions as possible so I can think clearly while I focus on my low risk setups. The past couple months have had big news and events unfolding making it harder for traders to stay focused. It is crucial for traders to step back and clear their heads from all the news, hype and opinions shared across all the mediums and just look at a simple chart analyzing the price, volume and trend.

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