Stocks stage a big comeback on May 14 despite disappointing initial claims as investors dream about more stimulus money.

Stocks Stage Massive Bounce Back Heading Into Options Expiration

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MAY 14, 2020



Short-Terms – Bearish

Long-Term Trends – Bearish



Stocks managed to bounce back after a sharp move lower to start the day. The rally seemed to start taking shape in the morning around the time of some talk regarding more stimulus. The S&P 500 fell to around 2,766 before turning around. It seemed like an odd place for the rebound since it was right in the middle of a gap, not something we would typically see.

Anyway, to be clear, I do not write this column wishing for the market to fall, no. As I have said many times, I am 70% long and 30% cash. That is less than what I would be in a real bull market, which is 95% long and 5% cash. I do not short, and the only time I use puts is for my tiny trading account for the fun of it. You can even track my portfolio by Googling Mott Capital Thematic Growth. But I disclose everything that I do, even the tiny options because it is the right thing to do and you are supposed to.

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Trust me, I benefit much more from the market rising than from it falling. But the facts are the fact; I can’t skirt around stocks trading at very high earnings multiples or trading with overbought technicals. Factor in a disastrous economic scenario, and as I have said, this is an environment one needs to be cautious in and not do stupid things. I can’t appease my readers or merely go with the flow of the market, because it is easier. It is just not how I work.

S&P 500 (SPY)

Moving on then, the index got an extra boost in the finally 10-minutes today, with about $2.5 billion to buy into the closing cross. However, that quickly paired off by days end. It does suggest there are ample sellers left in the market place.

S&P 500

Tomorrow is options expiration, and where we finish will mostly be dependent on where the options traders want to push the index. 2875 seems like a reasonable place for the index to face some fierce resistance, with substantial support around 2,800. It could create a rather challenging and volatile day.

The trends, as I have said for the S&P 500, have shifted to down, based on the direction of the RSI and the advance-decline line for now.

S&P 500, spx

As I noted today in my midday update, many of these massive mega-cap stocks are sitting on what I consider very important uptrends.

Microsoft (MSFT)

Microsoft, a stock that I own, is riding that uptrend, a break of it is likely to send the shares lower towards $161. Again, I am not saying I want the stock to fall to $161; it is merely the risk that the stock presents.

Microsoft, msft

Apple (AAPL)

Apple, another stock I own, is also trading on that same uptrend. A break could easily send the shares lower to $265. Again, I do not wish for the stock to fall, but this where the risk lie.

Alphabet (GOOGL)

Alphabet, another stock I own, is facing the same risks, with a potential for shares to fall $1,230.

Alphabet, google

Amazon (AMZN)

Amazon is already starting to show a bad sign, with the stock already moving to the other side of the uptrend and the risk of falling to $2,285, although I happen to think a drop to $2190 is more likely. You can see the RSI is also trending lower. I don’t care what happens either way, as I have no position.

amazon, amzn

Facebook (FB)

Facebook has the same challenges regarding the uptrend and the falling RSI off of overbought levels. With the potential to fall to $191. I don’t care what happens either way, as I have no position.

facebook, fb

So again, these are the five largest stocks in the index; if they go, the whole market will go with it. I’d prefer for that not to happen, but it is what it is. So why not sell? Because I buy and hold intending to hold my stocks for years. Ultimately, the stocks I own in this case should come out just fine when the virus passes.

So again, these the risks in the market and just a few more of my concerns I have. Proceed, however, you’d like, but I will continue to be cautious.


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