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May 23, 2008

Selling Time

The dive toward the 65DMA continued today on the SPX as we witnessed the solid selling day I discussed in yesterday's post. Although a potentially significant support level was lost at 1380 and change, the action continues to appear corrective in nature.

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Because of the declining volume, my confidence level with regard to extending this downturn fell enough to induce me to close out my SPX short today. I captured 32 points of downside in 3 days.

Curiously, the NDX held up fairly well, but it still seems stretched relative to its 65DMA. I will spend the weekend pondering potential plays here. My first instinct is to sell OTM calls rather than directly shorting the index. While I don't think price is about to collapse here, it is very unlikely it will come screaming back to new highs, so selling time seems to be attractive.

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I'll post some thoughts on gold and silver over the weekend. Have a good, relaxing weekend, everyone...

 

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