Thursday was a bumpy ride for the S&P 500 with the index crashing through 4,200 support at the open and shedding nearly 1%. But as bad as the day started, the selling stalled thirty minutes later and it was all uphill from there.
Headlines again remain benign. The market was initially spooked by unexpectedly low weekly unemployment claims and that stoked inflation worries. But as I’ve been saying for a while, that story has already played out. Most of the people who fear inflation are long gone and were replaced by dip buyers who don’t fear any such thing.
That said, I still think the odds on favorite for killing this bull market is high inflation. But we need more than just early hints of potential inflationary pressures, we need to see the real thing. The boy has cried wolf one too many times and no one is listening to him anymore. Traders need to see the Fed lose control of inflation, not this hypothetical crap. Until then, confident owners will simply ignore the headlines and keep holding.
As much as bears have tried to break this bull market, they cannot get the job done. A market that refuses to go down will eventually go up.
As much as I like the FAANG stocks, NFLX needs to be taken behind the woodshed. I’m not giving up on this company over the long-term, but the stock’s price action is awful and failing to hold $500 support suggests lower prices are ahead. The latest bounce is dead and savvy longs are already out. And not only that, aggressive traders can short this weakness with a stop just above $500.
The other big news is the silliness continues in GME and AMC. As badly as this will end for most people, stupid still has plenty of room to get even stupider. Early breakout buyers can keep holding for higher prices. But if you missed this trade, it’s too late because there is no way to protect your risk at these levels. Move on and look for something else.
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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, 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 children.