-5.57pts & 0.29% on the month.
-2.66pts & 0.14% on the week.
We have been moving back and forth between the lower and upper consolidation zones since mid-December, 2013. The percentage difference between $SPX & its 250EMA continues to shrink as momentum continues to slow. But key is that while $SPX appears to be running out of momentum, it has not run out of momentum. season has peaked and is on the decline with most of the important stocks having already reported so the chance that some major upside beat is going to push $SPX to new highs is reduced. However, we are closer to the highs than to the lows and because Chaikan made a new high Friday and because remains strong I fully expect we'll see new highs in the coming week. I think any new highs, especially at this time of year, are likely to be a head fake but the market may decide otherwise.
The 5EMA on the $VIX is at 13.32 and usually gives a pretty good signal when it gets down near 12.5. This has been range bound for several weeks but should $SPX push to new highs then that would likely drop the $VIX 5EMA into the 12's, which would be cautionary. Just something to watch should we actually get new highs next week.
While I am not at this time, except for a small position in TQQQ , I am not , either. Out of all the various sectors that I watch, only RTH has a sell signal in the weekly time frame, having peaked in November, 2013. IWM is now about 12% off its recent highs but I don't have sell signal for it in the weekly time frame and until I start to get sell signals in the weekly time frame for IWM and others, then I just have to think that somehow the market will work its way higher short term, with emphasis on short term.
Be careful & GL in the week ahead.
Adding this 4 hour ES chart as an example of the near term predicament: http://gyazo.com/a21b0c2da6f74dc41db4a89d1da2f46d
And I agree, trying to make a market call, up or down, is almost impossible. I also agree with raising cash here as it is safe on the sidelines. Wrong or right, cash is king in times of uncertainty.