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Lethargic Market April 27, 2013

Posted by Tom in Thoughts.
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For the week ending April 26 (2013): the S&P 500 Up 1.74%, NASDAQ Up 2.28% and the Russell (small cap.) Up 2.49%.  Not a bad week at all, so why do I call the market lethargic?  Well basically since it really has not made any overall progress over the past 2 months.  We continue to be in a rather wide trading range, as seen below:


There’s been a lot of talk about the “Sell in May and Go Away” theory lately (it aways happen at the end of April).  And unless you want to blindly follow an idea, it doesn’t make any sense.  Why guess when you can act upon what you observe? 

Is the market (presently) going down?  (I don’t see that, tho it certainly could tomorrow)

Is the market going Up? (short term Yes; longer term, could be)

Is the market (currently) in congestion / forming a base-cause?  (sure looks that way to me)

How do I make these conclusions?  Have we had a lower swing Low point? (No)   Have we had a lower swing High point? (No) , so the bearish guess is just that . . . a guess.  This market has lost momentum, but that does not mean it must go lower.  We’ve been spoiled since the first of the year.  Looking at the chart, it has gone up nearly every week with much of a breather.  That’s not “natural” and can’t continue.  I’m still looking at a Close below 3168 before I’ll change my mind.  Why guess?

(BTW, click on any chart to enlarge it; makes for easier viewing)

The table below shows the sectors that are strongest.  I note that the Relative Strength of even the strongest sectors are color coded Yellow.  Another indicator that this market is pausing for now.

Top Sectors

Have a good week.        ………….  Tom  …………..


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