Zero Hedge and What to expect of secular bear markets?
Under the title "Is The Secular Bear About To Growl?", Zero Hedge has published an interesting article concerning the extent of cyclical bull markets that occur within secular bear markets, and more importantly the losses likely to be made when the bear reasserts itself. On several occasions (example here) I have written that I believe we are currently under a secular bear market, cyclical primary bull markets as the current one notwithstanding. I have also written in the past that assessing in secular bull and bear markets "in real time" is not an easy feat. Thus, in spite of the secular condition of the market, my Dow Theory studies suggest that we should take all primary bull market signals, as even under secular bear markets the Dow Theory, of any flavor whatsoever, manages to extract profits and contain losses. We are talking of profits exceeding 5% for each primary bull market signal that occurs under the spell of a secular bear market, as you can read here.
The SPY, Industrials, and Transports closed down.
The secondary is bearish, which implies an ongoing secondary reaction against the primary bullish trend, as explained here.
Today's volume was lower than Friday's. Since stocks closed down, receding volume has a bullish connotation, as lower prices were not confirmed by volume. I'd label current volume readings as neutral.
Gold and Silver
SLV, and GLD closed up. For the reasons I explained here, I feel the primary trend remains bearish. Here I analyzed the primary bear market signal given on December 20, 2012. The primary trend was reconfirmed bearish, as explained here. The secondary trend is bullish (secondary reaction against the primary bearish trend), as explained here.
GDX and SIL closed up, and, unlike GLD and SLV, are unambiguously in a primary bull market under the Dow Theory, as explained here and here. The secondary trend is bullish as well. SIL made a higher high, unconfirmed by GDX.
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