Why the stock market doesn’t care about war in the Middle East

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Oct 09

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War broke out in the Middle East over the weekend, and no surprise, the S&P 500 opened Monday’s session in the red.

While fighting between Israel and Hamas doesn’t have a direct impact on U.S. corporate profits, the tension sent oil prices higher, adding a tax on nearly all economic activity. But by midday, equity traders breathed a sigh of relief when oil prices only rose a few percent, allowing stocks to rebound and finish Monday’s session nicely in the green.

As bad as everything looked last week, this weekend’s headlines made them look even worse. But paradoxically, stocks bounced hard over the last two trading sessions. Luckily, this doesn’t surprise readers of this blog. As I wrote Friday evening:

[N]o matter how bad the market felt these last few weeks, these waves of selling presented savvy traders with low-risk entry points. While no one can say if the bottom is in yet, we do know the market always overdoes things, which means at some point, this wave of reflexive selling will go too far, and then it will bounce hard.

I have no idea if 4,200 support will hold…but it is holding right now, and that is good enough for me. I bought [Firday’s] bounce and already lifted my stops up to my entry points, turning this into another low-risk trade.

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As it turns out, even war in the Middle East couldn’t stop last week’s rebound from oversold levels.

If this market wants to go down, there are more than enough reasons. The fact prices are up decisively, not down, tells us September’s selloff is running out of gas and this bounce has legs.

No matter what we think, we trade the market, not our opinions. Stocks are bouncing hard, and only fools are standing in the way. All of us who were savvy enough to buy last week’s bounce should be moving our stops well above our entry points, turning this into a low-risk/high-reward trade.

This is the point where smart money is moving from offense to defense. Another strong session on Tuesday, and it will be time to start locking in some very nice 3x ETF profits.

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About the Author

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.