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More Jobless Claims…

We have 5.25m vs. 5m expected on the Jobless Claims front this morning. The Market loves it, in fact the last four jobless claims that have centered around the impact of the Coronavirus, there have been 22 million jobs lost and every time the market has viewed that as bullish. If you have any expectation for the market to make sense, don’t. It rarely does. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if the market didn’t eventually fade this move today. The rally initially appears to be out of relief that it isn’t way beyond market expectations, or somewhere in double digits. 

Yesterday’s sell-off saw SPX break back below the 5-day moving average, and still being hit with low volume on the sell-offs, which isn’t putting a lot of conviction behind the moves. Nonetheless the risk is extreme in this market still as the moves of 50-100 points are taking place on a daily basis and makes for a very difficult market for holding trades overnight without taking on incredible amounts of gap and headline risk. So the key here remains to trade small. You don’t have to swing big. The people who are doing so are having to do it out of desperation. During this time it is more important to trade well, than to trade big. 


  • Volatility Index (VIX) – VIX snapped a 4 day losing streak and closed 8.2% higher, and only the 3rd time in the last 12 sessions. 
  • T2108 (% of stocks trading above their 40-day moving average): A 24% decline takes the indicator back down to 21%. Not a massive decline but has the makings of a bearish island gap reversal. 
  • Moving averages (SPX): Closed and broke below the 5-day moving average. 
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Sectors to Watch Today

It was Energy and Healthcare that held up the best yesterday. But Technology and Discretionary, the leaders of late also held up quite well. The biggest losers remained Materials, Financials and Real Estate. 
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My Market Sentiment

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