Why this rebound earned the benefit of the doubt

By Jani Ziedins | End of Day Analysis

Jan 09

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The S&P 500 slipped less than 0.2% Tuesday.

While a loss is a loss, this small give-back actually looks bullish for two reasons. First, we opened the session with much larger losses, and the market spent all morning climbing back from those opening lows. Second, giving back less than 0.2% of Monday’s towering 1.3% surge is barely a scratch.

Tuesday’s price action follows what I wrote in Monday’s free evening post:

Monday’s decisive bounce off of 4,700 support must be respected. At this point, last week’s step back is over, and the rally is resuming. That’s the only way to trade this. For a nimble trader, the bounce off of 4,700 was buyable. The non-stop, nearly straight-up rally through Monday’s session was paid for by tardy shorts getting squeezed out of their positions. Odds are good we will see more pressure applied to bears over the next few sessions.

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If this market was overbought and vulnerable, Tuesday’s opening losses were the perfect opportunity for bears to strike by opening the selling floodgates. Instead, most owners saw Tuesday’s early losses, shrugged, and kept holding. That caused supply to dry up and prices to bounce.

While two days of resilient trade is not conclusive (three if you count Friday’s draw), it sure is a good start. As I often write, something that refuses to go down will eventually go up. And so far, the market is refusing to resume last week’s selloff.

While last week’s selloff could return at any time, the first thing a bigger selloff needs to do is violate 4,700 support. As long as the index remains above this key level, last week’s selloff is dead.

We’ve come a long way from the October lows, and the market deserves a well-earned break. I’m not expecting a surge past 4,800 anytime soon and the market is settling in for a sideways grind under 4,800 resistance. But as long as we keep getting more up than down, this is a better place to be owning stocks than it is to be shorting them.

Everything will change if the index falls under 4,700 support. But until that happens, keep giving the market the benefit of the doubt.

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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.