Poised for a rebound

Mid-week market update: The S&P 500 became extremely stretched in mid-June when its 14-week RSI exceeded the 90 level. The last two times this happened, the market eventually pulled back and the initial decline was arrested with RSI reached a neutral reading of 50. That 50 target was reached this week, which I interpret as the market is setting up for a relief rally.



A bounce ahead

There are other signs that stock prices are poised to bounce. Subscribers received an email alert this morning that my inner trader had initiated a long position in the S&P 500. The NYSE McClellan Oscillator (NYMO) had reached a sufficiently oversold condition that the odds favour a tactical long position.


In addition, the Zweig Breadth Thrust Indicator became oversold as of last night’s close. In the past, such oversold conditions usually resolved in relief rallies.


Here’s another constructive sign of possible bearish exhaustion. The market was rattled by a Fitch warning that it was going to downgrade the credit ratings of several U.S. banks including JPM. While I understand that financials aren’t all banks, the relative performance of U.S. financials bounced back today. Moreover, the relative performance of European and Chinese financials appear healthy, which is an indication of a lack of contagion risk.



This week is option expiry week. Jeffrey Hirsh pointed out that August OpEx weeks tend to have a bearish bias – and that includes OpEx day on Friday. However, stocks tend to bounce back the following week. As a  consequence of the historical sloppy trading pattern of August OpEx, my inner trader decided to average into his long position over the next 2-3 days.




A contrarian magazine cover indicator

While my inner trader is positioning for a relief rally, he has few elusions about the durability of any possible rebound. the most recent Money Week cover provides a sobering contrarian magazine cover indicator that the market may need to fall further before the correction is over.



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Disclosure: Long SPXL


3 thoughts on “Poised for a rebound

  1. The market closed at its lows today. If we do not get a rally in the next few days it will not be a good sign. Over sold can get more over sold. I think the stock market is captive to the ten year yield which keeps shooting up. We need a sellers exhaustion in bonds before we get a decent bottom.

    1. Yup! The rising yields and the poor economic data out of China are scaring the wits out of investors.

      Need some good news, preferably on both fronts, not necessarily at the same time.

  2. WMT reports BMO tomorrow. China data was less exports, but does that mean WMT spent less on inventory replacement and so earnings will beat? Or less buying because sales suck?
    We’ll see in the morning.

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