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S&P 500: ’Blow-off’ Phase in Progress

S&P 500: ’Blow-off’ Phase in Progress

What’s inside:

  • U.S. markets in ‘blow-off’ stage
  • No interest in getting blown away short, but buying here looks risky
  • Levels under consideration

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To start the week, the S&P 500 was testing the bottom-side of a trend-line running back to the Feb lows from last year; that line in a hurry become ‘right here’ to ‘down there’. The recent advance after a painful chop through much of December and January is looking a lot like a ‘blow-off’ top in progress. We’re not quite in a parabolic state, but it wouldn’t take much more of a rally to put it there. With that said, it’s hard to say when we will see a meaningful, trade-able top, but it’s possibly on its way to a theatre near you soon. The time-frame of a ‘blow-off’ isn’t isolated to one; there are short-term exhaustions, then macro. For now, we are mostly concerning ourselves with the short-term.

Being a ‘Tommy Top Picker’ isn’t fun and often times expensive, so we’ll wait for momentum to turn on the longs before digging in from the short-side. Buying at this juncture holds poor risk/reward, unless you are buying intra-day dips – which have been fruitful with their very shallow occurrences.

Looking upward, where could the market stall? Perhaps the under-side of the November trend-line around the 2060ish mark and climbing. But, again, these market melt-ups can be vicious, and until we see good price action indicating this move has run its full course we have no interest in being a hero here. On any decline from here we will look to the Feb ’16 trend-line as the first area of potential support, currently around 2328 and climbing.

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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