Testing Support

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Dec 01

End of Day Analysis:

Stocks slipped to 2,050 support on the first day back from the holiday weekend. Journalists and talking heads are paid to come up with a reason for every market gyration. Real or imagined, producers and editors don’t care as long as it makes good copy. And today we were told the market sold off on poor Black Friday sales and weak economic numbers out of China. Maybe the truth is a lot more boring. Maybe we slipped to support for no other reason than a minor imbalance between supply and demand following an impressive run of up-days.

Traders know stocks cannot go up every day, but anytime we slip a few points, they start predicting this is the next collapse. Today’s elevated volume, the highest in nearly a month, shows a lot of people responded to this weakness by selling the dip.  While it is clearly an overreaction to claim a 1% pullback from all-time highs will lead to the next big selloff, this is actually a healthy response for the uptrend. The more cynical the crowd, the more viable the rally.

The market is still setting up nicely for October sellers to chase prices higher into year-end. Underweight money managers can only wait so long for their predicted pullback before they have to concede defeat and start buying. If they want to keep their job, they cannot look foolish by missing this easy up-trend when end of year statements come out.

Jani

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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.

[email protected] December 1, 2014

I agree with you. I must admit that the rally from October lows was very impressive and beyond imagination. It went up like a rocket without a stop, so a pullback was needed and expected (although I still have a hard time to see it before it happens so I do not open a wrong position).
And talking heads? They are fun, just don’t take them seriously.

    Jani Ziedins December 2, 2014

    October’s plunge purged the overly-bullish sentiment that crept into the market following a nearly two-year straight up rally.

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