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FirstAlert[tm] 6/17: Stock Market Flirts With Disaster

fa_logo_sq_225px-w_bwJune 17, 2009 (FinancialWire) (By Dr. Joe Duarte) — The S&P 500 SPDR (NYSE: SPY) and the Ishares S&P Small Cap 600 (NYSE: IJR) ETFs are showing signs of being under pressure, as the stock market may have started a long overdue correction.

The stock market has followed the technical analysis textbook since bottoming in March, and the most important trend following indicator so far has been the 20-day moving average for the S&P 500, as it has provided support for the market all the way up from the bottom, providing a launching pad toward higher prices five times before 6-12.

But, this time may be different, although it’s too early to tell just yet. The S&P 500 closed just below its 20-day moving average on 6-15 and moved further below the key line on 6-16. If this turns out like the previous five times that the index has successfully tested the support of the average since the March bottom, the S&P 500 will bounce off the line in the next 1-3 days, starting on 6-15 and move higher, perhaps to a new high. In this case, our short-term target, if the market rallies would be a move toward 1000 on the S&P 500.

But, this is not guaranteed, and it’s not at all an exact science, so it may take a little longer. The key ingredient to this puzzle is that the index holds at or near the 20-day moving average. Consider the fact that five times for something to happen is rarely a statistically significant sample. Yet, it’s rare for a support level, such as the 20-day moving average, to be this reliable this far into a move. So if we had to bet, we would bet that this time, the index is more likely to fail and to move lower toward the 890 area, where the 50-day moving average offers support that has only been tested once (April 1) since the market bottomed. Adding another layer to the issue is the fact that this is an options expiration week, and that Wednesdays of such weeks tend to be very volatile.

To be sure, at this point anything is possible. And if the market rallies from here, we’ll trade with the trend. Yet, this late in a rally, you have to be skeptical and raise the bar with your expectations. If the market once again behaves as it has the previous five times that it has during this rally, we should move higher by the end of the week and continue for the next couple of weeks at least. If it fails, as the action on 6-15 and 6-16 suggests that it might, then we would be in the midst of a short to intermediate term correction, which makes sense, given the fact that stocks have rallied for three months and that we are starting to get into the summer trading season, which is known for its low volume and mostly dull markets.

Staying patient here is the key to success.

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