The S&P 500 popped 1.3% Friday, extending Thursday’s gains and the index closed at the highest levels in nine months. Not bad for a market that was in freefall three days ago.
This late-week rebound shouldn’t surprise readers of this blog. I warned bears on Wednesday to protect those mid-week profits:
Until further notice, we keep trading against these swings. That means this week’s swoon is a buying opportunity…[J]ust like how bulls got stung this week, bears pressing their shorts are making the same mistake. This is the kind of market where if we’re not taking profits, we will be taking losses a few days later.
And wouldn’t you know it, here we are two sessions later and greedy bears let those nice profits turn into painful losses.
This game isn’t hard to figure out once we recognize the patterns. This is not a directional market, it is a choppy, sideways one. Anyone betting on the breakout or breakdown is getting chewed up and spit out a few sessions later when the market reverses.
People who claim this market is fixed are just telling the rest of us they have no idea what they are doing. It is obvious this is a choppy, sideways market and it is no one’s fault but our own if we are letting a bearish or bullish bias wreck our trades.
That said, there is an upward drift to this sideways, choppy trade. The gains are bigger than losses and that drift will continue next week. I will still be taking profits following big moves, but I’m riding this up wave a little longer.
Buy low, sell high, and repeat as many times as the market lets us.
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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.