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The popular averages closed narrowly mixed on Thursday to end a healthy holiday shortened week. The Philly Fed manufacturing index has risen more than expected. Weekly jobless claims increased less than expected. Google (GOOG -3.7%) reported first quarter earnings that were less than expected. Meanwhile, the price of crude oil rose while gold fell on Friday.


  Above is my three-month chart of the S&P 500 exchange traded fund (SPY). A late January drop pulled a lot of money out of the market after pundits cried that a bubble could burst. Heavy trading volume had been evident in the resultant bottoming formation during the turn into February. The up day on February 4 indicated a washout. Bottom fishers profitably entered the market on signs that the selling was overdone, at least for the intermediate term. The SPY then soared to a new high. The rise stalled for a while. Then the bounce after approaching the 50-day moving average in late March appeared encouraging, especially after again reaching new highs. However, the push downward on April 4 caused my outlook arrows to start losing their green. The rally on Tuesday and Wednesday last week restored some hope. But then last Thursday and Friday looked like repeats of April 4 & 7. The SPY’s fall through its 50-day moving average on heavy volume was not welcome to many, but may have created a buying opportunity.


   Note the similarity between the dips in late January and early this month. In both cases the SPY’s 50-day moving average was breached as Pied Piper pundits scared people into bailing out of the market. Once they were cleared away, rallies commenced and the 50-day MA was again exceeded. Another rally as significant as the one in February may be underway. The stock market will be closed on Good Friday.


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