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On Monday the popular averages traded in narrow ranges before closing to the upside. Tech stocks boosted the Nasdaq Composite. Second quarter earnings reports have been generally good so far, with a great many more due out this week.


   Above is my three-month chart of the S&P 500 exchange traded fund (SPY). During the early days of May, Trump fanned the flames of a tariff war, inspiring some investors to heed the long established advice to sell in May.


   The May dive was interrupted for a few days during mid-month before crashing to a bottom on June 3. During May both the 50 and 200-day moving averages of the SPY were punctured. Then the early June rally pushed the SPY back above both of them. However the intra-day reversal on June 11 suggested a need for temporary caution. After that the 50-day MA provided support amid choppy trading, until the nice price jump accompanied by strong volume on June 18 followed by an all-time high on June 20.


   June 21 was a quarterly Triple Witching Day for the expiration of options and futures. A run-up into one of those typically leads into a week that begins with some profit taking. Then during the sessions before Independence Day the SPY returned to hitting record highs. After a couple of days of stumble, the SPY resumed its climb leading to all-time intraday and closing highs mid-month before a choppy downward drift.















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