Scott MartindaleThe market found pleasure in manure today. When Australian miner BHP Billiton (BHP) proposed to acquire Canadian fertilizer maker Potash (POT), the market saw this as an opportunity to soar. Perhaps traders took it as a sign that corporate cash is ready to be deployed…or perhaps it was simply a low-volume oversold bounce on the flimsiest of catalysts. Read more about Sector Detector: Bulls Frolic in Manure

Scott MartindaleThe SPY sold off early today in advance of the FOMC decision, but bounced strongly from the support line of the bearish rising wedge formation, which also is quite close to its 200-day moving average. Just as I said last week, all market indexes appear a bit extended and ready to pullback, but the bulls are game. Put/call ratio and volume is low. Read more about Sector Detector: Tech and Healthcare Still Reign Supreme

Scott MartindaleThe SPY finished the month of July up a robust +7%, and then started the first day of August by tacking on another +2% gain. All market indexes appeared a bit stretched from the mean and ready to pullback today, but the bulls fought on mightily to keep the day’s loss minor. Read more about Sector Detector: New SectorCast Model Favors Tech and Healthcare

The market continues to look strong and resilient. Whether the news, economic reports, and earnings announcements are bad or good, the market has been absorbing the blows or chasing the momentum like a champion. Now it is struggling with various resistance levels from moving averages and chart formations, but continuing to hold up in this low-trading-volume environment. Read more about Sector Detector: Introducing an Enhanced SectorCast Model

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Scott MartindaleIt is surely understandable if an investor is afraid to participate in this choppy stock market. Bounces from support are met with selloffs from resistance. In 2008, we got a strong downtrend, and in 2009, we got a strong uptrend, but this year has been difficult to gauge. Read more about Sector Detector: Materials Weakens in Forward Rankings Despite Today’s Strength

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Scott MartindaleAmazingly, the market has given us four major trend changes in the past month alone, which apparently hasn't happened with such frequency in over 10 years. Last week, the market was staring into the proverbial abyss as the S&P 500 incurred the dreaded “death cross,” in which the 50-day moving average of price crossed down through the longer-term 200-day moving average. Read more about Sector Detector: InfoTech and Energy Hold Top Rankings

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Scott MartindaleLast week, the S&P 500 came perilously close to the dreaded 50-day moving average cross down through the 200-day moving average. This is usually considered by technicians to be an extremely bearish development. The S&P 500 came closer last week than the other major indexes, and actually set new lows for the year. Read more about Sector Detector: Fundamentals-based Rankings Unbowed by Market Turmoil

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Scott MartindaleSabrient’s SectorCast-ETF rankings are holding mostly steady; however, the continued fall in Consumer Discretionary against the other sector ETFs has suggested near-term weakness ahead for the markets – which has definitely played out since the minor top on June 21. Read more about Sector Detector: Consumer Discretionary Falls Further in Rankings

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Scott MartindaleAlthough Sabrient’s SectorCast-ETF rankings have not changed dramatically, there are some definite signs of a more conservative bent evolving. And there seems to be good reason for it. After carefully scaling the proverbial wall of worry last week, this week saw the market lose the important technical support levels that it had fought so hard to reclaim. Read more about Sector Detector: Expecting Continued Strength in InfoTech, Weakness in Materials

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Scott MartindaleThe stock market is searching for direction, testing support and resistance levels each week. After threatening a waterfall decline last week, it instead found support and has rallied strongly. Today, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials joined the Nasdaq 100 and Russell 2000 by rising above the important 200-day moving average. Read more about Sector Detector: InfoTech Holds Lock on Top Ranking

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