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  1. Nothing's Changed

    A positive open at the start of trading today was a welcome sign that maybe a low has been put in and the market is resuming its advance, but some mysterious weakness in early afternoon trade forced the major averages to their support levels before another reversal took hold that helped the broader market close with modest gains.

    So nothing's changed. The market is technically still on sound footing even though sentiment remains uncomfortably bullish and bouts of internal pressure ...
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  2. Another Weak Open

    Another bout of early weakness led many traders to once again get defensive or even go short, but true to form the market rallied back closing mixed on the day.

    Internals were not looking good early on and I felt the need to issue another morning alert about the possibility of getting a Seven Sentinels sell signal by the close, and while the market did indeed come back in large measure it was not enough to avert an unconfirmed sell signal from the Seven Sentinels. That means the ...
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  3. Seven Sentinels on Continued Alert

    I won't know for sure until this evening, but once again morning trading is weak, which could easily translate into a Seven Sentinels sell signal if current action holds or gets worse.

    It's important to remember that this is an intermediate term signal and that anything can happen day to day, meaning that even if a sell signal is issued this afternoon the market may bounce in the days ahead, but not necessarily enough to cause another buy signal (whipsaw).

    I can only ...
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  4. Big Time Spike

    The first week of the new year is now behind us and in spite of a return to volatile action the uptrend appears to be intact. Here's how we're positioned going into the second week:

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    The Top 50 haven't changed their overall allocation too much, but they did put more cash to work. But the real surprise is the total tracker.

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    For most ...
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  5. Same Old Story

    The Seven Sentinels managed to retain their buy status today, but not by much. But before I go over the particulars, let's take a quick look at today's events.

    The started off relatively flat at the open as it continued to digest the December payrolls data. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 103,000, while private payrolls were up 113,000. Neither hit expected targets of 150,000 and 162,000 respectively. Of course CNBC had analysts debating why the overall unemployment rate dropped to ...
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