End of Day Update:
Stocks bounced impressively and retook the 50dma. The one dig against today’s move is it happened on lower than average volume. But regardless, this is the biggest up-day in weeks and nervous bulls are breathing a sigh of relief.
It seems we are back in bizarro land since this sharp rebound was kicked off by abysmal retail sales. Traders addicted to easy money cheered the prospect of a weak economy and delayed rate hikes. Funny the world we live in where blowout employment tanks the market and pathetic economic news launches us higher.
Yesterday I said we should be wary of a rebound without a high volume capitulation bottom. And that is exactly what we got today. While the market can change the rules on us at any time, every dip over the last year bottomed on the highest volume of the move down. But Tuesday’s plunge was on lower volume than Friday’s leg down. That tells us more owners chose to hold the dip than sell it and we are missing the traditional purge that is a common trait of typical “V” bottoms.
This means 1) the market changed the rules on us, 2) this is a bull trap and it will fail soon, or 3) this is the first bounce in an extended sideways basing pattern. One possibility that the worst is behind us and two that we will retest Tuesday’s lows. While not scientific, 2 to 1 against this rebound sticking says we should be careful. But price is truth and we need to watch how it behaves in coming days. A bull trap can last two or three days before crumbling. But if the market is holding strong by early next week, then this is the real deal. Anything less and look out below.
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.