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.
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