It’s been a rough week for the S&P 500 as Thursday’s 0.5% loss makes this four down days in a row.
Monday was Labor Day, making this unofficial start of the fall trading season. It’s been a nice and easy summer and a trend is far more likely to continue than reverse, but if the market’s mood is going to change, this transition in seasons is a good time for it to happen.
There isn’t a quantifiable reason to claim this rally is running out of gas and this week’s dip is different than all of the other failed dips this year. But just knowing where we are and where we’ve come from, it feels like this time could be different.
As I often write, how we finish is far more important than how we start and by that measure, Thursday’s was an ugly day. Early gains evaporated and the index crashed through 4,510 and 4,500 support on its way to closing near Wednesday’s lows.
I don’t mind red days that finish well above the early lows. In most instances those are bullish signals. But there was nothing bullish about Thursday’s retreat and close at the daily lows.
I had my stops spread across the upper 4,400s and lower 4,500s and Thursday’s pathetic price action squeezed me out. Most likely this week’s stumble will turn out to be nothing more than yet another buyable dip. But for me, it’s been a nice run and that makes this a good time to lock-in some profits.
If the index bounces back above 4,500 on Friday or sometime next week, I’m more than happy to get back in. But as long as it remains under 4,500, I’m more than content watching this from the sidelines.
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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.