NEW YORK (
-- If investors are preparing to sell in May, there was little sign of it Tuesday. The major indices were each up by 3 p.m. ET and momentum returned to the beaten tech sector in advance of key earnings reports from
(TWTR - Get Report) and
(EBAY - Get Report).
But investors on StockTwits.com are preparing for a reversal. Sentiment on the ETFs that track the S&P 500 (SPY) and Nasdaq (QQQ) leaned toward bearishness with more than 50% of commentators predicting declines. Sentiment on the ETF that tracks the Dow (DIA) was split down the middle midday Tuesday.
That said, some investors believe the FOMC announcement Wednesday and Friday's jobs report will give investors continued reason to put money into the market. Recent comments by Fed chair Janet Yellen, indicating that the Fed would keep benchmark interest rates low well into 2015, have helped fuel gains.
Still, most investors said Tuesday that they were playing the markets with plenty of protection to the downside. Some said that buying stocks based on a conviction of everything going higher or lower was no longer the way to invest.