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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013 Jun 01, 2013 - 12:29 PM GMT

By: Jack_Steiman


When markets want to do something, there's really no one to stop it from doing so. Suddenly you'll see news that used to be a positive not be a positive any more for the short-term. Long-term is a very different story, but short-term the news stops becoming relevant. Most traders don't understand it. They see a strong report and naturally follow the path of least resistance, and thus, buy stocks. The market initially goes higher which makes sense, but then suddenly falls. Frustrates them. They're not used to it at all. A real change of character. Traders don't do well emotionally with changes in recent character. It makes them less trusting. And that's the whole point.

When the market wants to do something such as unwind long-term overbought conditions along with some higher bull-bear spread readings, it's going to find a way to sour the bullish atmosphere we've been used to. Face it folks, the market has been going higher even in the face of bad news so what's up with good news being sold they ask. That's how the market does its dirty deed. Fool the masses. Get people thinking more and more that maybe things can't be good any longer. The bull-bear spread drops quite a bit in just a short period of time, and those very elevated oscillators start making the journey south to levels where the bulls can have some real success again.

Today we had a fantastic economic report with the Chicago PMI (purchasing managers) report. Well above expectations. It showed a real pickup in activity. A real good sign. The market sold it as the day wore on. Good news is in. Not long-term but for the short-term so today and for the past few weeks we've seen the market go nowhere at all in terms of price but it has had success in beginning the process of unwinding. Deeper unwinding would be better, and hopefully, we get it but with the market selling great economic news today you can see the market is determined to do the deed of unwinding over time. Not down every day but far more difficult to have sustained upside. The market has sent a message.

So how long can this all last is the big question. Several weeks to be sure is quite possible. We started the journey off the top when the bull-bear spread got to 36.4%. This is just above the first red-flag signal, which occurs once you reach 35%. In addition, we spent many weeks with the bears being more the problem. Just not enough of them. Below 20% for several weeks. The bulls didn't blast up as much as the bears simply fell away. This is why we never reached the get out of the market sell signal which occurs when the bull-bear spread gets to 40%. Normally bulls get over or near 60% and the bears sit near or just below 20%.

With the action we've been seeing, the bears are now almost back to 20% from the high teens and it is quite possible that next Wednesday we'll see readings closer to 30% on the spread and the bears back over 20% which would be a good start. The MACD's, stochastic's, and RSI's are now starting to really move down as well which is exactly what they need to see happen. It really doesn't take long and it's not likely that they'll be getting oversold. Overall, this can last many weeks but it doesn't mean it's down every day. Just an overall malaise that wears out the bullish nature of things which is very healthy bigger picture. Be patient as it all unfolds.

If you play too many positions in this type of agnostic environment that's working on unwinding you will feel the pain. There are times, which I have discussed many times through the years, when it's best to keep things lighter than you have been in the prior months. That time is upon us I believe so it would be best to keep long exposure but not at the rate as you have been. Great set ups present themselves and can be played, even if the journey to profits take longer than they had been over the past few months. There are no sell signals in this market. There are no massive negative divergences. There are no too bullish sell signals. There is no massive distribution volume.

There is, however, the need to relax and be more patient as the market works to let the excess wind out of its sails. If you choose to short that's up to you but I feel you try to stick mostly if not entirely with the bigger picture trend in place which we know is clearly bullish. As long as the market holds key long-term support on those important daily index charts the selling is a good thing for the longer term. Those numbers are 1575/1600 on the S&P 500, 14,896 on the Dow and 3358 on the Nasdaq, which is only 3% away. Just recognize where we are at for the short-term and keep things appropriate.

Have a great weekend.



Jack Steiman is author of ( ). Former columnist for, Jack is renowned for calling major shifts in the market, including the market bottom in mid-2002 and the market top in October 2007.

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