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The Analog Update

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I revisited my 1937-1942 analog this afternoon. I've hand-marked up the charts, but I didn't feel like scanning them in, because the last 30 minutes of the day's trading left me ticked-off and, thanks to our dear friends as GS, disillusioned just like I was prior to mid-April.

So instead of sharing every little wiggle with you, I'll simply point out approximately where we are in the analog; here is the 1937-1939 chunk, with our "target" circled:


We could still climb higher from here; anywhere in that cyan-tinted area would be acceptable. If and when we do flip down, assuming the analog holds (as it has for nearly two years now), we'll fall to somewhere in that magenta range. The range is huge, I realize, but my guess is 9000 on the Dow, plus or minus a hundred points or so.


I'm really bummed that a 20-point slaughter of GOOG isn't doing a thing for the equity bear after hours. It'll be good to get yet another OPEX out of the way. Good night.

Will the Markets Return to Abnormalcy?

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My greatest fear about the GS settlement is simple – – until mid-April, the market was absolutely psychotic. Technical analysis has ceased to function. But when the Feds went after GS, charts immediately started working again. Trading made sense. Charts were usable. It was glorious.

Now that the GS is off the hook, will they once again warp the markets to their own devices? I put nothing past them. There is nothing GS won't do to make a buck. Nothing.


Big News in Small Briefs

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(1) "Change We Can Believe In" has proved itself to be an utter wheelbarrow full of crap. It's the same old story. The same countries, the same companies, and the same chosen people are going to get all the protection they demand. The fine should have been ten times this amount. Obama sold out. Again.

(2) The stock is down over $23 after-hours as I am typing this. Will it stick tomorrow? Who knows. But the NQ is, incredibly, UP! It seems true that the bears are simply never going to get a break.

(3) This is good news. I hope it stays plugged. BP has gone up nearly 50% is just two weeks!

(4) Watered-down. Meaningless. An empty gesture.

80 Short Setups with Stop-Losses (By Ryan Mallory)

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Down to 80 stocks that I am following on my short watch-list, which
is quite a bit smaller then in week's past. Oh….and I'd like to dedicate this list to all the "Huns" out there.

Here are the requirements for inclusion on this list:

1) Price and volume pattern is intriguing

2) Stock has been heavily sold-off in the recent days or weeks, but
still remains on the list for a possible short off of a weak rally

3) Stock is one of intrigue to me, such as Goldman Sachs (GS), so I
keep it around in the case that there is a setup that is too good
to pass up.

Most of them right now fall under #1 as many of the stocks have very
favorable short setups currently. The stop-losses for ALL of the
stocks have been updated. Don't be a stranger if you have any
questions. New additions to the list are highlighted in yellow.

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