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  • SnP - No [Confirming] Signal Of A Top, Yet 0 comments
    May 27, 2013 12:55 AM

    Monday 27 May 2013

    There is a reason why the trend is the most important consideration when positioning in any market. The number of profitable shorts, as of last week, can still be counted on one hand, at least those who remain amongst the ranks of the devastated ones still trying to pick a top.
    The most money is lost picking tops and bottoms, but top-pickers are
    always at odds with that fact. Richard Dennis lost more money trying
    to buy sugar under 5 cents than he did buying at higher prices on
    previous occasions. He ranks as a poster child for money lost in
    bottom-picking, and he was a highly regarded professional player.

    No matter. Top-picking egos have been clamoring for a top over the
    past several months. Like a stopped clock, one day they will be right.
    We prefer to let the markets reveal their message and respond to it,
    rather than front-run it.

    What will be evident in viewing charts from over three time frames,
    monthly, weekly, and daily, is that the trend is unequivocally up, and
    that is a strong statement from the market.

    Where many may have anticipated the possibility of a triple top, the
    Fed-driven market sailed right through what would normally be
    resistance. One has to remember that the anticipated resistance was
    just potential, and it had to be confirmed by market activity showing
    signs of weakness and reversal behavior. It never happened.

    The failure of a triple top is a great example of why one should follow
    the message from developing market activity and not front-run and get run over in the process. The channel shows that there is still room to
    rally without being in an overbought condition. What may provide
    valuable information will be the location of the close by the end of the
    week. A strong close will mean continuation. A weak close could
    signal a possible turn, but it takes time to turn a trend, so one does
    not have to be the first one in.

    The dashed portion of the channel represents future support and/or resistance, once the first three points are established, the two swing
    lows in 2009 and 2011, forming the bottom support line, and a line
    parallel to it using the swing high between those points, 2010.

    ESA M 28 May 13

    What has many bears-in-waiting salivating is the weekly Outside Key
    Reversal [OKR]. Just like one swallow does not a summer make, nor
    does a single bar necessarily reverse a trend. It may lead to a trend
    reversal, but further proof of confirming market activity is required.

    What is interesting about the weekly chart is the location of current
    price activity within the channel. It is not reaching the top of the
    channel. The OKR is occurring at the mid-point of the channel,
    generally a sign of a weakening trend. An important issue with that
    observation is the fact that price also failed at a similar mid-point back in September of 2012 and was still able to keep the trend intact.

    It is simply a piece of information of which to be aware.

    ESM W 27 May 13

    An OKR also developed on the daily chart, last Wednesday, 3rd bar
    from the right. The volume was exceptionally strong. Volume was also strong the next day, with a lower high, lower low, and lower close, but note the location of the close. It was at the upper end of the bar,
    and that is the market telling us that despite the increased volume and effort to drive price lower, buyers were in control by the end of the

    If an OKR at a [potential] high is a sign of weakness, more weakness
    should follow. The exact opposite happened, as noted on Thursday.
    This reflects the power of a trend and how it takes a lot of effort to
    reverse it.

    Friday's close showed a drop in volume, and that equates to a lack of
    follow-through selling pressure. The upper end close shows buyers still in control. Unless and until weakness enters the picture, one has to
    respect the trend. If long, one would want to be moving up stops on
    all stock positions for protection, in case a turn does develop.

    As for being short, it may be appropriate for individual stocks that
    have been under-performing the current market rally, but there is no
    reason for shorting the market at current levels. What can never be
    known in advance is how future price activity will develop. The trend,
    [and Fed effort], may not be over, and based upon how the market
    has been up, up, and still up since September 2011, it is a message
    not to be ignored.

    If more weakness enters the market next week, or sometime soon
    after, there will be ample time to take a short position when a turn in
    trend says it makes sense, to then make dollars from that side of the market.

    One interesting piece of factual information is the last two times the
    S&P traded at an all-time new high and reversed downward to close
    more than 1% below the high were at the March 2000 and October
    2007 highs. Will the same hold true this time around? If it does, we
    will see market weakness to substantiate it.

    Let the market be your guide. It never disappoints, unless its message is disregarded.

    ESM D 27 May 13

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