Why Monday’s selling doesn’t mean anything: Part II

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Dec 04

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The S&P 500 slipped 0.5% Monday as the index continued consolidating November’s big rebound under 4,600 resistance.

The market has been stalled for a couple of weeks, but this was expected. As I wrote early last week:

Calm markets are bullish, and the path of least resistance remains higher, but I’m not excited to hold all of the risk underneath us for another few points of upside. That means I will keep watching this develop from the sidelines after collecting big profits before the Thanksgiving break. But if this strength persists and we are setting up for another pop through in overhead resistance, I will be happy to jump back in. But we’re not there yet.

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Well, here we are a week later, and not much has changed.

Far and away, the hardest thing to do in the market is to not trade. We have opinions, and the market is always doing something, but at this stage, every trading signal fizzles and reverses hours later. Just ask all of the bulls that bought Friday’s strength, only to watch those profits turn into losses Monday morning.

This is a consolidating market, meaning we can’t read anything into these intraday gyrations. Something will happen, but this isn’t it. Keep waiting and watching.

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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.