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Retired chief investment officer and former NYSE firm partner with 50 plus years experience in field as analyst / economist, portfolio manager / trader, and CIO who has superb track record with multi $billion equities and fixed income portfolios. Advanced degrees, CFA. Having done much professional writing as a young guy, I now have a cryptic style. 40 years down on and around The Street confirms: CAVEAT EMPTOR IN SPADES !!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stock Market -- Technical

Officially, I guess, the current advance off the March lows counts as
a bear market rally. Shorter term trend indicators are positive. The
SP 500 at 1365 is mildly overbought relative to the short run trend.
The index also faces several discrete resistance levels from 1370
clear up to 1400. The weekly intermediate term indicators are also
rounding positive, suggesting further upside may lie ahead. These
largely momentum indicators have been trending negative since Jan.
of this year, so reversals require mention. I also like the weakening
in the 15 month-long uptrend in the $VIX.

But, look, first things first. Let's see how well the market starts to
challenge resistance, remembering that in a bear market, signs of
weakness in a countertrend rally often summon swift retribution
from the bears.

I am also watching the oil price relative to the stock market. The
stock rally has fared ok recently against a rising oil price, but there
is no shortage of players out there who act to crimp the market's
p/e ratio when inflationary pressures are evident.

For an intermediate term look at the SP 500, click here.

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