Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Persecution of the Jewish Race Continues, Israel's Dark DNA Secret Revealed - Nadeem_Walayat
2. Gold Price $10,000 Is it Possible? - Jason_Hamlin
3.Bitcoin Price Sign of Reversal? - Mike_McAra
4.U.S. Stock Market Analysis and Forecast - Gary Tanashian
5.Gutting the U.S. Armed Forces, Committing Economic Suicide, France Imploding - Ty_Andros
6.Gold And Silver Price Trend Change Developing, Just Not Confirmed - Michael_Noonan
7.Gold Price Bracing for a Short-Term Correction - Jim_Curry
8.Massive Gold and Silver Futures Buying - Zeal_LLC
9.Most Hated Stocks Bull Market! - Puru_Saxena
10.Silver Up 10.3% YTD - Outperformance To Continue - GoldCore
Last 5 days
MH17 Crash Next Phase Economic Warfare - 22nd July 14
The TRUTH about China’s Massive Gold Hoard - 22nd July 14
Forex Multi-week Consolidation in EUR/USD Ended - 22nd July 14
Bitcoin Price Medium-term Trend Being Tested - 22nd July 14
Beware Of The Flash Mob - 22nd July 14
Can Putin Survive? - 22nd July 14
Israel Assault on Gaza: A Historic Crime, Nazi Like Final Solution - 22nd July 14
Zionist Israel an International Pariah - 22nd July 14
Reflections on the Global Misery Index - 22nd July 14
GDP Economic Statistic : A Brief But Affectionate History - 22nd July 14
TransTech Digest: Super Battery Bio-Power vs. Dirty CleanTech - 21st July 14
How to Find Trading Opportunities in the Currency Markets - 21st July 14
Stock Market One More Pull Back - 21st July 14
The Conquest Of Real - Degenerate Philosophies of the Book - 21st July 14
A Clear Way to Profit from a Graying Population - 21st July 14
Last Chance Critical Financial Market Forecasts Special Total Access - 21st July 14
Stock Market Crash Nightmare! - 21st July 14
Why the Stock Market Is STILL Cheap - 21st July 14
From Gore-Bore To Gore-War - 21st July 14
Gold Price Looking Drab - 21st July 14
An In-Depth Look at Gold Chartology - 21st July 14
The Jewish Selfish Gene, People Chosen by God, Everyone Else is Goyim to Kill - 20th July 14
AUD NZD Taking The Forex Bull By The Horns - 20th July 14
US-backed Israeli Invasion of Gaza Unleashes Death and Destruction - 20th July 14
The Israeli Promised Land Dream - The Criminal Roadmap Towards “Greater Israel”? - 20th July 14
Stock Market in DANGER of Strangling the Bears to Death - 20th July 14
Sanctions and Airliners - What’s the U.S. Empire’s Agenda? - 19th July 14
Gold And Silver – BRICS And Germany Will Pave The Way - 19th July 14
Choppy Stock Market in Recent Weeks - 19th July 14
Is The Stocks Bull Market Over? - 19th July 14
Edward Snowden Towers Over His Enemies - 19th July 14
Will Gold Price Drag Down the Mining Stocks? - 18th July 14
Will Stock Market Investors Get Out In Time This Time? - 18th July 14
Stealth Tech Stocks Rally Catalysts - 18th July 14
Stock Market - Is It 1999 All Over Again? - 18th July 14
Bitcoin Price Medium-term Trend Being Tested - 18th July 14
Stock Market SPX Highs A Fed Illusion - 18th July 14
American Press Blames Russia for Downed Malaysia Flight MH17 - 18th July 14
Financial Market Forecasts Special Event - 18th July 14
U.S. Housing Buyers Fools Paradise. Lying Spanish Banks... - 18th July 14
U.S. Housing Market in Trouble Again - It’s 2009 All Over Again - 18th July 14

Free Instant Analysis

Free Instant Technical Analysis


Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

One More Reason for Stock Market Investors to Be Cautious

Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 Feb 14, 2013 - 05:13 PM GMT

By: GrowthStockWire

Stock-Markets

Jeff Clark writes: There's no sense in being bearish this time of year.

Stocks have a strong seasonal tendency to move higher from January through April. Just look at the action over the past two years as proof. In 2011, the S&P 500 gained about 9% during the first four months of the year. Last year, it gained more than 6% over the same time frame.



As of this morning, the S&P 500 is up nearly 7% so far in 2013... and it looks likely to move even higher. So like I said... there's no sense in being bearish.

But there are plenty of reasons to be cautious right now...

From overbought technical indicators to extreme investor sentiment surveys to the Mother Indicator, there are several reasons to believe that stocks are overdue for at least a modest decline. And if that's not enough to convince you to be careful, here's one more reason...


This is a 60-minute chart of the S&P 500. It's useful for monitoring potential short-term movements lasting from a few days to a couple weeks. You can see the steady move higher since the beginning of the year.

You can also see how the MACD momentum indicator (the bottom part of the chart) – which measures the strength or weakness of a trend – has fallen as stocks have moved higher. This "negative divergence" indicates that the momentum behind the rally is weakening, and the current uptrend may be nearing an end.

It's rare for this sort of negative divergence on the 60-minute chart to continue for more than five or six weeks. Either the momentum picks up to add more fuel to the rally or the rally ends and stocks enter a correction.

If you look closely, you can see some mild negative divergence on the MACD indicator starting in late November and continuing for about four weeks. The S&P 500 gave up all those gains in the final two weeks of December.

The negative divergence in place right now is more pronounced. So I suspect we could get an even quicker move lower.

That doesn't mean it's time to sell everything and run for cover... But it is time to be careful. Tighten up your stop losses. Hold off on plowing tons of new money into the market. And maybe buy a few put options to hedge your portfolio.

We still have a couple more months of bullish seasonal influences to look forward to. But as I mentioned on Tuesday – and as the 60-minute chart of the S&P 500 suggests – stocks may be headed for a bit of a rough patch over the next couple weeks.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

http://www.growthstockwire.com

The Growth Stock Wire is a free daily e-letter that provides readers with a pre-market briefing on the most profitable opportunities in the global stock, currency, and commodity markets. Written by veteran trader Jeff Clark, and featuring expert guest commentaries, Growth Stock Wire is delivered to your inbox each weekday morning before the markets open.

Customer Service: 1-888-261-2693 – Copyright 2009 Stansberry & Associates Investment Research. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. This e-letter may only be used pursuant to the subscription agreement and any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, LLC. 1217 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

Growth Stock Wire Archive

© 2005-2014 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Free Report - Financial Markets 2014