The Easy Part of the Rebound May Be Over

Hi everyone! I have been gone for a while because of problems with the blog editor. I am trying something new so, here it goes. I hope it works…


The recent large moves in the indices made yesterday’s 213-point gain in the Dow look small on the chart, but of course a 2% gain is nothing to sneeze at. Volatility is alive and well so don’t get too comfortable yet.

For the TSP, the C-fund gained 2.18% yesterday, the S-fund jumped 2.84%, the I-fund was up 2.53%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost 0.22%.

The S&P 500
picked up another 2.2% yesterday and has now gained 7% from the lows last week. In the long run, it looks like the S&P 500 is trying to establish a bottom, but there are some big concerns with this current rally. For one thing, the volume has fallen off while the index has climbed. The 20, 200, and 50-day EMA’s could act as resistance should the rally continue, and we have a couple of trend lines that will come into play.

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One trend line is near 1260 and could be a tough nut to crack – if we get there – but if we do get there, it is about 5% above where the S&P closed yesterday so that would be welcomed by the bulls.

The other trend line is the short-term declining line connecting the recent highs, and the S&P is testing that right now.

As I have been saying, when a market falls sharply, it rarely just starts rallying again without a few setbacks first.

Do you remember last year’s “flash crash?” On that infamous day in May of 2010, the Dow fell precipitously in a matter of minutes. At one point in the day the Dow was down 1080 points before rebounding almost as quickly, but it did close down about 350-points.

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The significance of that was that the explanation of the drop was that it was a technical glitch. If that was the case then the quick rebound seems reasonable and two days later, all of the losses were in fact recouped and the S&P was actually higher then when the crash began.

So why then, did the market head straight down again and, not once, not twice, but several times over the next 3 to 4 months the S&P 500 retested that area, and lower.

Technical damage in the charts, no matter what the reason, takes repairing and a “V” bottom rally with no re-tests of any kind is not usually stable. We do see “V” bottoms, but they usually come after an initial low and a test.

That said, we have had technical damage done to the S&P 500, and the market leaders, the Dow Transportation Index and the Nasdaq.

Both of the leaders have a big bear flag to deal with, and the pennant portion of the flags are forming a rising wedge, which usually break to the downside. And like the S&P 500, the volume has been lighter on the way up, than it was on the way down.

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Last week I mentioned that I get concerned when an extreme oversold reading on the NYSE overbought / oversold indicator moves back to neutral or slightly overbought. The recent rally has now pushed the indicator to the top of the trouble area of this indicator.

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These initial rallies off of an extreme oversold reading tend to bring in sellers looking to take profits.

I was one of the investors who lost money on the way down, and I would love to see the market give back those losses, but again, the easy part of the rebound is possibly over. The bears seemed to step aside for a few days but they will not give up that easily. I believe the bulls will be tested a little more by the bears going forward. We may have seen the lows, but that doesn’t mean we won’t revisit them again.

Should the market head straight up from here, I will stand corrected. It will be the exception, not the rule, but I guess anything is possible.

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Tom Crowley

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Tom Crowley

Great! It seems to work just fine.

I usually try to make these blog posts a little less technical for the non-TSP Talk sites, but for this test blog post I just posted today’s market commentary from TSP Talk. I hope it didn’t bore you too much. 🙂