As stated earlier, despite the equity rally yesterday bonds and dollars held in. Today they are rallying some more – even as the dollar is looking parabolic (currencies usually don't move like this). Until these two "risk off" names reverse it is very difficult to believe in this market for any period of time other than the dead cat bounces. One can try to time those dead cat bounces but it is very difficult and you tend to lose fingers trying to catch the falling knife – and you are usually just trying to make up the losses from catching said knife during the bounce.
As everyone who has traded markets the past 4 years knows there *will* be a stick save by the authorities. The question is when and at what level in the market. It doesn't help to know this fact – even if there is a 30 point S&P rally that day – if it happens 100 S&P points lower from here.
So until then, it's difficult for bulls (for obvious reasons) and bears (since at any moment the authorities can show up with their white knights). An easier environment will return again eventually. I can "envisage" it.
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