True or false? The S&P 500 is on the longest winning streak without a 3% pullback since the Great Depression.
While you ponder the answer, here are a couple of factoids that may explain the market’s relentless, yet sneaky (no daily gain of more than 1% since September 11) advance.
The September 24 Profit Radar Report published the picture (of bearish MarketWatch headlines) below and stated:
“Our [major market top indicator] continues to confirm the latest S&P 500 highs. Investor sentiment also is not as bullish as one would expect at all-time highs. 5 of the 6 top MarketWatch headlines were bearish on Friday.
Therefore, if bearish seasonality and other short-term bearish forces fail to draw the S&P below 2,480 in the coming week (and the S&P moves above 2,530, we will have to consider a more bullish Elliott Wave Theory structure, which would likely see wave 3 extend to 2,600 +/-.”
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The answer to the introductory question is: True. The S&P 500 has never gone longer without a 3% pullback.
The last 3%+ correction concluded on November 3, 2016, just before the presidential election. The second longest streak ended in December 1995.
True or false? The next 3% correction is just around the corner.
The long-term S&P 500 chart highlights two trend channel resistance levels (see blue chart insert for zoomed-in view).
Under normal circumstances, we would expect the S&P 500 to show a significant reaction to the trend channels, but these are obviously not normal circumstances.
Based on the long-term trend channels, we could see a pullback near current trade, but unless this pullback gathers down side momentum, the S&P may grind higher to 2,600+/- before we see a larger correction.
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