Despite having been bitten more than once supposing the market's counter-trend rally off March '09 bottom might be on the verge of reversing lower with a vengeance, underlying weakness presently revealing the market is on precarious footing overwhelms any impulse to be shy. Truth is the market's current technical state once again exposes a risk whose recently developed outcome would prove more devastating than anything previously thought possible over the immediate period ahead. As indicated yesterday, the market's long-anticipated sinking already could be underway.
Combining the compromised technical condition of major indexes (whose relative strength and momentum have turned negative) with fading participation sustaining the market's levitation, it is quite reasonable to fear the worst and stat, as the following measures likewise suggest...
Call this one "the stink of garbage hard to ignore."
And call this one " hey, we know it's garbage, but why not insure it while the cost still is relatively cheap?"
All told, the risk of a hard turn lower challenging last October's bottom is not out of the question.
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