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The popular averages slipped well to the downside on Friday. Non-farm payrolls rose less than expected in January, while the unemployment rate dipped and hourly earnings increased. The trade deficit slightly widened in December, while consumer credit grew at an increased pace. Meanwhile the price crude oil fell while the gold price rose on Friday.

   Above is my 3-month chart of the S&P 500 exchange traded fund (SPY). As November ended, the record high of May was again within striking distance. Then early December produced a general decline amid wild swings . The price fell through its 200-day and 50-day moving averages. December 14 we saw a turnaround to the upside followed by welcome continuations the following two days. The price December 16 moved back above both its 50 and 200-day MA’s, then retreated the next day. A further drop during occurred during the December 18 quarterly options expiration day. Significant price moves on such a day are often reversed early during the following week, and that turned out to again be the case. The SPY price shoved back above both its 50 and 200-day moving averages on December 29 before cascading downward into January 8. During the following week amid much volatility the net effect was still sharply down.

   The SPY has been undergoing a long-term rolling correction for over a year. Frantic selling during the morning of January 20 and partial rebound that afternoon may have been all that was needed to signal a selling climax. The up moves on January 21 & 22 appeared to indicate that the worst was over. The large seesaw action during the last few weeks might be viewed as normal after a washout, as the fearful continued battling with the opportunistic.

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