Top Line: The Fed's "news" brought its usual blip for the following half hour or so and then the market decided to go down. We expect that the rally for the past few days should be the relief rally that will lead to further declines.
You might have noticed over the past few days that the market just can't seem to hold. This phenomenon is part of the roll over. As the stock market has been so volatile and it still "feels" like it could go either way. The real story is that the market has gotten too overbought and the buyers don't have enough money to keep it moving up.
Trading the stock market is always a difficult task and there is always potential for losses. When the market opened today, the buyers were out due to some employment news from ADP. Then when the Fed made their announcements, the market was fairly volatile but after the volatility the market was higher than when the news hit. From there the market fell to negative, at least in some indexes, before ending about unchanged for the day, near the lows of the day. These types of things should scare the bulls and we do not believe they will hang around too long.
The trading today looked and felt like the right ending to the correction. We say correction because the latest drop from the highs from a couple of weeks ago. The only problem with this discussion is that the rally out of the lows seems a little short relative to the drop but that can be because the market is really ready to drop without much relief.
We are significantly bearish at the moment. The drag on the market is pretty strong. Every rally has trouble sticking and the sellers are ready.
The big news seems to be that gold hit a new high near $1100 today with the dollar falling sharply. The dollar has not dropped below its lows of last week but still could. These two assets are at the center of the debate of whether the stock market can move down or or not. We have said that gold could hit $1100 on this move but that would represent a short term high with a move back down to triple digits before another rally, if we get one.
Right now, we want to make sure that we remove ourselves from the downside risk that has risen quite a bit. If we see a "buying" opportunity we will present it to you. The possibility of a decline of over 10% is very high.