By Cam Hui :
In my last post, I wrote that
The most likely scenario is that U.S. stocks will follow the
election cycle and continue to grind upward, though in a highly
While I still believe that equities will continue to grind
upward, stocks appear to be a little extended in the short run. My
inner trader tells me to pull in my horns, raise a little cash and
wait for a better entry level. This is strictly a tactical trading
call with a time horizon of a week or so.
The chart of the SPX shows that the market has been exhibiting
the bullish pattern of higher highs and high lows since early June.
In the short run, however, the market is now testing secondary
resistance (dotted line) and faces further resistance at about 1%
higher from current levels.
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My short-term overbought/oversold indicator of the
risk-on/risk-off trade shows the risk-on trade in overbought
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While an overbought market can get more overbought and there is
further potential upside of 1% in the broader averages, the
risk/reward ratio at this point is not tilted favorably for the
bulls. I would rather wait for a better entry point if I had fresh
cash. An aggressive trader may even wish to either lighten up
positions or even possibly go short in anticipation of lower prices
in the near future.
Remember - this is a trading call only. Know your risk
tolerances and adjust your positions accordingly.
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