Sell In May And Go Away


  • Stocks reached a marginal new high on May 1.
  • The trade dispute weighed on equities in May.
  • Late June could be a moment of truth for the stock market as the clue will come from Osaka, Japan.
  • The Middle East could provide turbulence.
  • VIXY for volatility.
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Now that the Memorial Day holiday weekend has come and gone, and the end of May will come to an end on Friday, the old adage for the stock market, "sell in May and go away," could have special meaning in 2019.

A relaxing summer without excessive risk could be a good idea considering all of the issues facing markets. School is now ending for the kids, and it will not be long before the weather starts heating up.

While it is looking like the stock market is going to suffer another correction, time will tell if a move to the downside is milder, similar, or worse than the price action during the final three months of 2018. However, if history is a guide, stocks will eventually find a bottom, and it could be ugly, from which they will rise from the ashes to higher highs. Meanwhile, it is starting to look like selling on the first day of May and going away would have been the optimal approach to the stock market.

If we are heading for a rough period of downside turbulence in the stock market, the VIX index is likely to rise which could make the ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF product (BATS:VIXY) a valuable trading tool over the coming weeks and perhaps months.

Stocks reached a high on May 1

The E-Mini S&P 500 June futures contract moved to a new all-time peak on May 1, but on the same day, it put in a pair of ominous trading patterns on the daily chart.

Source: CQG

As the daily chart highlights, on May 1, the E-Mini rose to the same high as on September 21, 2018, on the June futures contract at 2961.25 which was a higher high than the previous session. The E-Mini then closed below the prior day's low, putting

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Andy spent nearly 35 years on Wall Street, including two decades on the trading desk of Phillip Brothers, which became Salomon Brothers and ultimately part of Citigroup.

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Andy understands the market in a way many traders can’t imagine. He’s booked vessels, armored cars, and trains to transport and store a broad range of commodities. And he’s worked directly with The United Nations and the legendary trading group Phibro.

Today, Andy remains in close contact with sources around the world and his network of traders.

“I have a vast Rolodex of information in my head… so many bull and bear markets. When something happens, I don’t have to think. I just react. History does tend to repeat itself over and over.”

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