The S&P 500 finished Monday’s session 0.4% higher, putting even more distance between the index and prior resistance at 4,600.
Lucky for readers, Monday’s gains were expected. As I wrote in last Friday’s post titled, “Bears Have Been Warned”:
The index is not going anywhere fast, but more up than down means there is only one way to trade this. Lift stops above recent lows, and see where this takes us.
We finally broke resistance, and these things usually go a bit before stopping. Keep expectations in check, but stick with what is working.
The economy continues down the “just right” path. Not hot enough to keep inflation elevated and not weak enough to threaten employment and push us into a recession.
How much longer this “just right” lasts is anyone’s guess, but savvy traders focus on what the market is doing, not what could happen. At this point, 4,600 resistance is no longer a barrier. In fact, resistance often turns into support, so Monday’s confirmation further boosts the bull’s case.
The explosiveness in this move was used up weeks ago, meaning we are left with this slow grind higher. There is nothing wrong with that. We are stuck with what the market gives us. If we want to make money, this is how we do it. And making money sure beats what the bears are doing right now…
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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.