Bullish or Bearish? Week of Dec. 4, 2017

Here are the latest technical and sentiment indicators:

Technical Indicators (daily chart)

S&P 500 is well above all its moving averages = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its zero line = Bullish

MACD (S&P 500; 19,39,9) is above its signal line = Bullish

S&P 500 support @ 2640


Sentiment Indicators (+RSI)

II survey: (Nov. 28): 62.3% Bulls; 15.1% Bears = Bearish

AAII survey: (Nov. 29): 36.0% Bulls; 31.6% Bears = Neutral

VIX: @ 11.43= Bearish

RSI: (S&P 500) @ 73.11 = Bearish

Comment: I’m not going to be a party pooper. There is little doubt we are entering the “euphoria” stage of the bull market, so enjoy it while it lasts. Although euphoria always ends in tears, the fun part is in the late stages. Just be sure you don’t get trapped when the party ends, and it will end. Since the Fed is meeting in a week and the holidays are approaching, the odds are with the bulls. Be on the lookout for an intraday reversal (from euphoria to reality), but if none occurs, going long is your best bet. As for me, I’m flat on Fridays. By the way, look at how extreme the RSI is, but it could get even more extreme. 

FYI: My MarketWatch column on speculating with put options will be out tomorrow at www.marketwatch.com. It’s a good time to learn how to buy puts (it’s less risky than shorting). In the future you will be glad you learned how to buy puts (that is, when the bubble pops in spectacular fashion). 

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