Stocks edge higher
The SPY, Industrials and Transports closed up.
The primary trend is bullish, as explained here, and more in-depth here. Well, it is almost four months since a primary bull market was signaled. As you can see in the spreadsheet at the bottom of this post, the unrealized profit amounts to 6.16%. Please mind the word "unrealized". Nothing is guaranteed in the stock market.
Today's volume was lower than Wednesday's. This is bearish, as higher prices were met by weaker volume. I consider volume to be bearish for the reasons given here and here. Furthermore, the trend line of volume of the last few days is ominously bearish, as volume has steadily contracted as prices advanced and has expanded as prices declined.
Gold and Silver
SLV and GLD closed up. SIL made a lower low a couple of days ago unconfirmed by GLD. If the non confirmation persists for some days, in might be indicative of the current pullback being temporarily arrested for the reasons givenhere.
For the reasons I explained here, and more recently 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.
Here, I explained that GLD and SLV set up for a primary bull market signal. However, a setup is not the same as the "real thing," namely the primary bull market; thus, many "setups" do not materialize and until the secondary reaction closing highs are jointly broken up, no primary bull market will be signaled.
SIL and GDX closed up. SIL violated three days ago the last recorded secondary reaction closing lows. GDX, however, refused to confirm. Accordingly, SIL and GDX are still flirting with a primary bear market signal, as was explained here and here.
The secondary trend is bearish, which is tantamount to saying that there is an ongoing secondary reaction against the primary bullish trend, for the reasons given here.
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