Top Line: The stock market traded pretty flat after an up opening. The main event was dullness. The market still seems to be putting in a top of some kind.
The Columbus Day holiday was a dull event and there really wasn't much new information that we saw. The market opened strong and the various indexes traded back to or near last month's highs. If the market wants to go higher, it will. We still think that the market has stretched itself too far already but with no impetus to go down, we need to wait for confirmation that it actually wants to go down.
As we sit here and wait for the market to make up its mind, time is passing with no meaningful moves. For the past month, we have traded in a pretty tight range (about 5%). The moves we have seen have not been easily traded so we have been patiently waiting.
The TLT has had a rough few days but it should be just a minor setback. The move coincides with a similar but opposite move in stocks so now we need to figure out if either is real. The only way we can do that is to wait for the market to tell us. The odds favor that the market needs to make a move down.
GDX and gold were continuing their dance with gold moving ahead of GDX as we mentioned a few days ago. This is not a good sign if you are looking for a confirmed higher move. It is possible that gold is heading to $1100 as we expect but even if it doesn't there should be a rapid move back down probably dropping back into the triple digits. Since GDX is not really confirming gold's move, we expect that GDX will move down below 40. We will try to buy some more down there.
As we move through the month of October, there should be some downside. This could be a swift move but we expect there to be a reason for it. Earnings could be the cause, whether they aren't good enough or are actually bad. The only real thing that matters is how the market deals with whatever news there is. We wait some more...