The S&P 500 did a breakout today but I’m thinking it will turn into a headfake as the market goes down the week of September 25 – 29th. Be careful buying the S&P 500 because it did a breakout today. I’m thinking we get a sideways chop out for the rest of the week and then next week we get a sell off.
The main reason I think this will happen is that September is the worst month of the year for the stock market. Specifically, it’s the last week or so in September that gives the month its bad reputation. But it’s more than seasonality.
Notice the big negative divergence on the CMF. We should have stronger buying pressure with the S&P 500 doing a breakout and hitting a record high. That’s really pathetic buying pressure as evidenced by the CMF which means we have an elevated risk of a headfake move.
S&P 100 Index Put/Call Ratio
The S&P 100 Index looks like a possible exhaustion gap up. Notice how the Equity Put/Call ratio chart looks like a coiled spring ready to pop to the upside:
If the gap up on the S&P 500 is an exhaustion gap, then tomorrow we would expect the gap to fill. If it’s a more bullish breakaway gap up, then tomorrow could gap up again as the S&P 500 hits new all-time highs.
What is the catalyst for driving the market higher? President Trump’s corporate tax cut may not happen as Mnuchin admits here. Here is a stock trading lesson on catalysts for your review.
The market exists to screw the greatest number of amateur traders at any given time. The S&P 500 hitting all-time highs during the weakest month of the year smells foul. What a great way for professional traders to really screw a lot of amateur traders! Buyer beware.