Well, at least it ended. Another torturous session for the bulls; another nirvana round for the bears. This day must feel like a picnic basket in Jellystone National Park to those guys. Or maybe one of those fish fries the bears have in the Columbia River, you know where the salmon don't know any better but to head into their jowls?

Today was a big give-up day. We smelled capitulation all over the joint -- and it stunk to high heaven. That brutal blip up and failure is precisely why we have to stick to our strict scales here. In this kind of market you always want to reach for it when you think that it looks good, which is exactly when you have to take profits or kick out things bought lower.

Let me introduce you to your two new best friends: patience and cash. If you don't know them yet, you will learn to love them soon enough.

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