The selling took a break on Monday as the S&P 500 added a modest 0.3%.
While green is green, the index was far higher in the first hour of the session. Unfortunately, potential buyers remain skittish given the recent price action and most are adopting a wait-and-see attitude.
While it is more fun to see prices race higher, buyers’ reluctance is actually a good sign if a person believes in buying fear and selling greed. At this point, the only ones feeling greedy are the bears. Everyone else is filled with trepidation as they wait for the next shoe to drop.
But as far as contrarian trading signals go, the market’s pessimism suggests this is the time to be looking for buying opportunities. The last time the AAII sentiment survey had this few bulls was back in early January, which as it turned out, was a great time to buy stocks because the index rallied nearly 10% over the next few weeks.
Are we on the verge of the next turning point? As everyone knows, there are no guarantees in the market, but the odds favor a near-term bounce and that’s what I’m getting ready for.
Buying bounces is never easy because there are always false positives, but if we start small, get in early, and keep a nearby stop, the cost of being wrong is small. And if we scale up our position when the real rebound finally arrives, the rewards will dwarf the small losses we take in the meantime.
Fortune favors the bold and savvy traders are getting greedy when everyone else is scared.
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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.