Successful retest? You know somebody is going to say it. I might as well say it. We are flirting at these same horrible levels that we did in mid-April. I am an optimist by training so we are selling very lightly here, betting the technicians will like the action today.

We saw so much put buying and so much shorting and real selling that it figures the market would hold.

On a trading basis, we call the action a mite bullish, even as we know that the long-term path of carnage may simply be detoured.

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