Right now, this looks like a "marking time" day. Nothing the matter with that. Seems quite constructive to me.
I like to view these days upside down. In other words, let's say yesterday was a giant up day. If today was not an up day, we could expect the talking heads to say there wasn't a lot of follow-through and make it sound like a bummer of a day.
The same thing can be said for a down day, however. If you were short the
, for example, you probably aren't too happy today. Right now, the NDX is up 7. Sure it was up much more at one point, but the important thing is that the market is down right now.
Does it happen? Yes, in 1990, 1994 and 1998, we had a couple of wall-to-wallers -- just grim days that fed on each other. This lack of follow-through is incredibly frustrating if you are a bear or if you took action midday yesterday to bet against the market. Any puts we bought yesterday aren't making us much money.
The velocity of the downside seems to have tapered off. That's bullish, not bearish.
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