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Market Recap: Some Short-term Weakness Ahead

Long-term 2 of 2 are BUY    
Intermediate 5 of 5 are SELL 5 of 5 are NEUTRAL SPY ST Model in SELL mode; Non-Stop in SELL mode.
Short-term   5 of 6 are NEUTRAL  
04/07-04/11 04/03 : 04/05 04/04-04/13 Next pivot date: 04/04-04/13

BULLISH 09/27 Market Recap: 9 POMO within 20 trading days means 14%+ up in 3 months.
02/23 Market Recap: Pullback could last 4 weeks, then 02/18 highs will be revisited.
03/11 Market Recap: Bullish in 3 to 6 months.
BEARISH 4.0.1 SPX Long-term Trading Signals: Weekly EMA(13) is way too high above weekly EMA(34).
03/18 Market Recap: Could see lower low ahead.
03/25 Market Recap: VIX 18% below MA(10) is bearish in 5 days.
My Thoughts The pullback since 02/22 may last but the 02/18 high will be revisited in 69 calendar days on average.

INSTRUCTION: Mechanic signals, back test is HERE, signals are HERE
Non-Stop 02/24 S N/A Short is for aggressive traders only.
ST Model 03/22 S 1.9*ATR(10)  
Short-term UP 03/23 Low I hold long position over the weekend.


Three cents:

  1. Could see pullback the next week, but before that likely there's one more push up.
  2. Still expect 03/16 lows will be retested before the new high. I'm not as confident as when I was in the Friday's intraday comment now, but still bears have chances.
  3. The trading strategy is still to buy dips.

Why there's one more push up? Because the RSI negative divergence is still missing. I've demonstrated the history lots of times in the past so I won't bother to show the past chart here again. The logic is simple, RSI represents momentum, so RSI negative divergence means the momentum is weakening which is the very first step toward a price pullback. This is equivalent to reverse a forward accelerating car that you need reduce the speed first before backward is possible, assume, of course, you're on Earth. We Martian, however, don't go backward just like your stock market that never falls.

SPY 60-Minute Chart
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Why expect a pullback the next week? Besides the bearish last few trading days of the month as mentioned in the seasonality session, VIX 18% below MA(10), short at Friday's close and cover 1 day and 5 days later since year 2000, well, I know, me included, it should be really really (insert 100 really) hard to imagine that this market would pullback, but after all, the 80% to 90% odds on the downside should not be ignored.

VIX Sharp Drop
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About the retest of 03/16 lows, my main argument is there is no visible NYMO positive divergence and the secondary evidence is 6 vs 7, bulls advanced less than that of bears therefore by definition this is a sellable bounce. However, about this 6 vs 7, I might read it wrong, instead, it should be 9 vs 9, so bulls still have 2 more days to prove themselves. And this is why at the very begging of this post, I said now I'm not as confident as when I was in the Friday's intraday comment, because the battle is not over yet.

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The chart below demonstrated the validity of applying the n vs n rule to confirm THE BOTTOM because some commented that the rule was made in 2008 bear market (See 8.0.3a Use n vs n Rule to Identify a Trend Change - 2008) so maybe useless now. Well, let's take a look at all the major bottoms since the 2009 bull market below. Granted, the rule doesn't work 100% times but still effective in most cases, right? OK, let's see if bulls can break above SPX 1332 by the next Tuesday.

2010 Rebound From Bottom
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2009 Rebound From Bottom
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Combine the study mentioned in 02/23 Market Recap and 03/11 Market Recap, I still believe that 02/18 high will be revisited.


According to Stock Trader's Almanac:

  1. Last trading day of March, Dow down 11 of last 16, Russell 2000 up 12 of last 16.
  2. Frist trading day in April, Dow up 13 of last 16.

See Friday's After Bell Quick Summary for seasonality chart for the last 2 and the 1st trading days of the month.

For March seasonality chart please refer to 03/01 Market Recap.


QQQQ&Weekly DOWN  
IWM & Weekly UP  
SSEC & Weekly UP  
EEM & Weekly *UP  
XIU & Weekly UP  
TLT & Weekly UP  
FXE & Weekly UP  
GLD & Weekly UP  
GDX & Weekly 03/23 L  
USO & Weekly UP  
XLE & Weekly UP  
XLF & Weekly DOWN  
IYR & Weekly UP  
XLB & Weekly *UP  
DBA & Weekly DOWN  
  1. Please make sure you understand how to use the table above. The purpose of this report is to provide info so contradictory signals are always presented.
  2. * = New update; Blue Text = Link to a chart in my public chart list.
  3. UP = Intermediate-term uptrend. Set when weekly buy signal is triggered.
  4. DOWN = Intermediate-term downtrend. Set when weekly sell signal is triggered.


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