Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Worrywart

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I haven’t seen this fat a profit on my screen in a long, long time………..but I can’t help worrying that it’s all going to end today and we’ll have another stupid bounce next week. I have trimmed back some – from about 110% to 90% – but I’m still pretty heavily committed. If we can finally break the Russell 2000 trendline, we can wallow around in red for a while longer.

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Don’t Let It End

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It’s all well and good that the market is falling to pieces, but I hate days like this, because I’m concerned we are nearing yet another bounce. I hate bounces. We’ve had five years of them, and they always wind up doing the worst thing possible: moving to new highs. I am seriously thinking of covering positions right now (not all, but some), but I’m going to do it on a stock-by-stock basis. Suffice it to say that my positions have done quite well, but five years of agony can break one’s will to stay firmly in position. Maybe it’s sensible. Maybe it’s foolish. But empirical data suggests our bullish friends might be getting into position soon. The median line of the channel below has to be broken. If it is, then we can start to break the spirit of those bastard bulls. Stay tuned.

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Feeling the Pinch

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The SPX daily bollinger bands have narrowed considerably over the last few weeks, until yesterday morning there were less than thirty points between the upper and lower bands. This compression is a pinch, and these pinches will generally resolve into a move one way or the other that will ride the upper or lower band for several days. If the larger double-top on SPX breaks down today then that should play out to the downside. (more…)

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