Commodity Chart Of The Day: S&P

Includes: SPY
by: Matthew Bradbard

Commodity Chart Of The Day

Daily S&P

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It is not my job to call tops or bottoms, and as a trader, it has gotten me into precarious situations over the years. It is not my intention to say definitively the stock market has reached a top, but a failed breakout and test of the 9 day MA as seen above are both preliminary signs that an interim top may be close if not established.

After a 13% rally in the last 2½ months, there is no doubt a compelling argument to be made that at some point we get a correction. Investors willing to gain bearish exposure are advised to scale into bearish trades until the market proves you're correct. Use the Fibonacci levels as your downside objectives. My favored plays would be bear put spreads or shorting futures while simultaneously selling out of the money puts 1:1.

Those with sizable stock exposure should also consider implementing some short of hedge against their portfolio as a way to insure on a large decline.

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