Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Worst Dead Cat Bounce Ever As Stocks Struggle For Gains

Usually, after stocks have suffered a significant setback - as occurred Monday - on the following day traders look for what's known as a "dead cat bounce."

The term comes from the idea that even a dead cat dropped from a great height would at least bounce to some degree, the analogy to the downward trend of stocks from the previous day and the subsequent "bounce" on the morrow.

Today's dead cat bounce was more like a dead cat rollover, as stocks barely budged from the lower levels set in place on Monday. The Dow was up by as much as 130 points, but sellers took the reins again late in the session, knocking 100 points off the Dow while similar percentage moves were witnessed on the various other indices.

What this indicates is that there's no confidence in stocks presently, mainly because they are still, for the most part, wildly overvalued, and the conditions for another gigantic waterfall event are evident in the market.

Stability is what the market craves, and there is none to be found. Traders are pushing buttons almost at random, buying this or that, holding for seconds or maybe minutes, and unloading for instant, albeit tiny, profits. There are a multitude of evils circulating through markets presently. From the still-evolving trade war to the Fed's insistence on raising interest rtes in the face of stubbornly docile global economic backdrop to buyback-fueled phony earnings reports (due out over the next four to five weeks), all of the elements are in place for a full-on panic.

With assistance from central banks and their foolhardy schemes to keep stocks elevated, stocks are in a fragile, utterly resistible state of affairs. Everybody is holding some; nobody wants to admit defeat by selling, but little by little the perverse undesirability of stock certificates is beginning to emerge. Everybody wants a way out, and the only way out is to sell, and to sell quickly, but quietly, which is an impossible task.

This cat didn't bounce much at all and the only thing holding the stock market together is the willingness of traders of large positions to not cause a panic. Eventually, there will be no choice but to sell, everything, at once, because there simply aren't any buy-the-dip morons left in the casino.

It appears that luck has run out of the gambling hall and it's chasing a dead cat down Wall Street.

Date Close Gain/Loss Cum. G/L
6/1/18 24,635.21 +219.37 +219.37
6/4/18 24,813.69 +178.48 +397.85
6/5/18 24,799.98 -13.71 +384.14
6/6/18 25,146.39 +346.41 +730.55
6/7/18 25,241.41 +95.02 +825.57
6/8/18 25,316.53 +75.12 +900.69
6/11/18 25,322.31 +5.78 +906.47
6/12/18 25,320.73 -1.58 +904.89
6/13/18 25,201.20 -119.53 +785.36
6/14/18 25,175.31 -25.89 +759.47
6/15/18 25,090.48 -84.83 +674.64
6/18/18 24,987.47 -103.01 +571.63
6/19/18 24,700.21 -287.26 +284.37
6/20/18 24,657.80 -42.41 +241.96
6/21/18 24,461.70 -196.10 +45.86
6/22/18 24,580.89 +119.19 +165.05
6/25/18 24,252.80 -328.09 -163.04
6/26/18 24,283.11 +30.31 -132.73

At the Close, Tuesday, June 26 2018:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 24,283.11, +30.31 (+0.12%)
NASDAQ: 7,561.63, +29.62 (+0.39%)
S&P 500: 2,723.06, +5.99 (+0.22%)
NYSE Composite: 12,509.72, +28.12 (+0.23%)

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