NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After a fierce equities rally on Friday, which I figured would happen (just not that strong), I have to wonder if there is some event or major decision in the works we don't know about.
Friday's rally could be something simpler, like window dressing by the funds. This is when the funds buy up all the top-performing stocks for month-end reporting. They do this so that their investors think they are on the ball and know what they are doing. Window dressing will end Monday and from there we could see some profit-taking (selling) start. But for all we know, Obama could be extending the tax cuts for everyone or cutting payroll taxes, etc...
It would only take one of these events to trigger a sharp up move in the market and that could be what Friday's move was anticipating. That being said, volume has remained light and during low-volume sessions, the market has a tendency to move higher. Selloffs in the market require strong volume to pull the market down, so until volume picks up, there could still be higher prices just around the corner.
Let's take a look at some charts.
SPY: S&P 500 60-Minute Intraday Chart
Last week we saw the market reverse to the down side with a strong end-of-day selloff. That set the tone for some follow-through selling and for any bounces to be sold into. That being said, the market always has a way of surprising traders and it did just that on Friday, gapping above Thursday's reversal high, causing shorts to cover and the typical end-of-week light volume drift to help hold prices up.
NYSE Market Internals: 15 Minute Chart
I like to follow some market internals to help understand if investors are becoming fearful or greedy. It also helps me gauge if the market is over bought or oversold on any given day.
These three charts above show some interesting data.
Top chart: This indicator shows me if the majority of shares traded are bought or sold. When the red line spikes up and trades above 5, then I know the majority of traders are buying over covering their shorts. I call this panic buying because traders are buying in fear that the market will continue higher and they will miss the train. When everyone is buying, you know a pullback is most likely to occur.
Middle chart: This is the
advance/decline line. When this indicator is below -1500 then the market is oversold and bottom pickers/value buyers will step in and nibble at stocks. But when this indicator is trading over 1500, then you know the market is overbought and there should be some profit-taking starting any time soon.
Bottom chart: This is the put/call ratio and this tells us how many people are buying calls vs. put options. When this indicator is below the 0.80 level, more traders are bullish and buying leverage. My theory is if they are buying leverage for higher prices, then they have already bought all their stocks and now want to add some leverage for more profits. When I see the majority of traders bullish then I am sure to tighten my stops (if long) as a top may be forming.
Putting the charts together: When each of these charts are trading in the red zone, I know I must be cautious for any long positions because the market just may be starting to top, or a short-term correction may occur.
UUP: USD Daily Chart
The U.S. dollar has been under some serious pressure, with all the talk about quantitative easing (printing money). Obviously the more the Feds print the less value the dollar will have. The chart above shows a green gap window, which I think once it is filled should put the dollar in an oversold condition for a short-term swing trade bounce before heading back down. A bounce in the dollar will put pressure on equities, gold and oil.
GLD: Gold Daily Chart
Gold continues to grind its way up. This move is looking very long in the teeth and a pullback will most likely be sharp.
Weekend Trading Conclusion
In short, equities and gold continue to grind their way higher while the U.S. dollar continues its grind lower. When I say the market is grinding, I am implying the market is overextended and a reversal any day should occur.
Financial stocks like
, which typically lead the market, have been strongly underperforming over the past week. Insiders were selling GS very strongly, which is strange and makes me wonder what's up there? With the financial stocks underperforming, it sure looks like a market reversal is just around the corner.
If Friday's rally was simply window dressing by the funds, then it should end on Monday and with any luck we will see a sharp reversal to the down side early this week.
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--Written by Chris Vermeulen,
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