The U.S. stock market is reaching a point it may stall at least temporarily.
The percent of stocks in the S&P 500 index that are above their 50 day moving average has increased to 85%, which I consider a higher risk level in the short term.
The S&P 500 bullish percent is just over midfield, but it’s usually less responsive than the stocks above their 50 day. That’s because the Bullish Percent is based on Point & Figure buy signals and their default requires around a 10% gain to generate a buy signal.
So, I wouldn’t be surprised to see U.S. stocks stall or countertrend reversal down at least temporarily.
From a longer-term observation, the U.S. stock market has recovered just over half the decline from last September. Only time will tell if this is the early stage of a long bear market if it recovers to an all-time new high.
I just make tactical decisions based on the current trends, the likelihood of countertrends, and volatility. We’ve been positioned very well so far in 2019 and capitalized on the panic selling late December.
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