The indexes continue to hold recent gains and are edging higher. The S&P500 is above 1400 and sitting above the recent consolidation area. Today the NASDAQ joined the S&P500 by also poking its head above its recent range. These developments continue to be constructive and supportive of yesterday’s Follow Through Day. With this positive price action, there is no reason not to venture in and try some promising stocks. Start with 1/2 positions and add on as the market continues to move up.
From a sentiment point of view, it seems like the number of bulls and bears is fairly balanced and the lack of a disproportionate disparity most likely means the moves going forward will be more modest. Extremes in the market tend to coil up the spring and today there is not much energy bound up in the spring. Of course this balance rarely holds up and over time we’ll see the market skew one way or the other based upon headlines, price movements, and group think.
There are some interesting individual stock stories (AAPL, AMZN, SWI, GNC, etc), but as far as the indexes go, they are fairly boring at the moment. Give it a few weeks and no doubt traders will find some kind of drama to start obsessing about.
Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and writer who has successfully traded stocks and options for more than a decade. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA and M.S. Marketing from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes manufacturing engineering at Fortune 500 companies, structural engineering, small business consultant, collegiate instructor, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two young children.