We came into this week looking for some bullish action in the stock market. And that’s what we got.

The Volatility Index (VIX) gave us a buy signal, and the CBOE Put/Call ratio (CPC) – a contrary indicator – reached an extreme level of pessimism. So, traders who were ready for it could have bought into Monday’s big decline as the S&P 500 dropped down towards 2800.

That trade is looking pretty good today – with the S&P all the way back up to 2884.

But, after three strong rally days, conditions are starting to get a little stretched. 

The S&P 500 is bumping into resistance. So, traders who bought on Monday should consider selling as we head into the weekend.

Here’s an updated look at the chart of the S&P 500 along with its various moving averages…

The most concerning part of this picture is that the shorter-term moving averages – the 9-day and 20-day exponential moving averages (EMAs) (the red and green lines) are on the verge of crossing below the intermediate-term moving average – the 50-day moving average (MA) (the blue line).

The last time we saw this “bearish cross” in the moving averages was back in October, just as the market entered a severe correction phase.

Now… it hasn’t happened yet. And, if the S&P 500 can continue to bounce, then maybe we can avoid a bearish cross in the moving averages, and all the potential heartbreak that goes along with it.

But, if you bought stocks on Monday, in anticipation of an oversold bounce, then why risk it?

The S&P is up more than 3% in just three trading days. That’s a nice gain. Traders should consider taking it and heading into the weekend with a little less stock market exposure.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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