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Stock-Markets / US Stock Markets Jan 19, 2009 - 11:02 AM GMT

By: Kingsley_Anderson

Stock-Markets Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere has been much talk about an “Obama Rally” taking place in January. Traders should be careful when entering long positions in the short-term, particularly on Tuesday.

My contention is not that a rally will NOT happen by the end of the month. Only time will tell. Right now, the market is oversold, so it is very possible that a bounce will occur sometime in the near future. What I am saying is that any rally that begins on Tuesday should be taken with a grain of salt. There are three reasons why I would be reluctant to participate in such a move.


First, as mentioned above, there has increasing coverage about the possibility of such a rally. My contrarian side tells me that if almost everyone is on board, then it is probably too obvious. This is similar to other widely anticipated rallies, such as the annual “Santa Claus Rally.”

Second, the market discounts news. We have known that Barrack Obama would be president since November. Why would the fact that he is being sworn-in change anything? This is old news! It is not known news that moves the market, but rather unexpected events.

Third, the chart set-up seems to indicate a possible downside move. In candlestick charting, a continuation pattern called the “falling three method” may be forming. In the case of a downtrend, a long down candle is followed by two to three smaller bodied candles moving to the upside. If the top of the long candle cannot be breached (867 on the S&P 500 and 85.57 on the SPY), the move to the downside continues. The 50 day moving average at 877 may also act as resistance.

What does one look for on Tuesday morning? A gap-up at the open that fails to clear 867 will be a possible sign of a suckers' rally. Until the chart proves otherwise, don't believe the hype; stay on the sideline or enter short positions.

By Kingsley Anderson

http://tradethebreakout.blogspot.com

Kingsley Anderson (pseudonym) is a long-time individual trader. When not analyzing stocks, he is an attorney at a large law firm. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army for five years and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. Kingsley primarily relies on technical analysis to decipher the markets.
Kingsley's website is Trade The Breakout (http://tradethebreakout.blogspot.com)

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