50% Retracement of 2002-2007 Rally

It has long been my perspective that following the great crash of 2000, we would be stuck in a secular bear market, with cyclical rallies and sell offs.

The lows set in October 2002/March 2003, up until the October 2007 highs, was an example of a cyclical rally. The selloff from October 2007 has been a cyclical bear within the larger context of a secular bear.

As of today, we have retraced exactly half of the gains from the 2002/03 lows up to the 2007 highs.

Given how horrific the news flow is, the general psychology is very negative. Not nearly enough to create a lasting low, but certainly enough to generate an interesting bounce.

That 50% retrace is where one would expect to see some sort of *rally. I don’t expect it to last very long, and its really a long term selling opportunity, but those with aggressive short positions should consider hedging those positions. I can understand not wanting to cover, given the dislocation of a potential AIG failure would cause. But at this point, the spring has been wound pretty tight.

* Be aware that I tend to be early, and that active traders should always scale in.

 

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Dow Industrial Average, Weekly (2002-08)
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S&P500, Weekly (2002-08)

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Charts courtesy of FusionIQ, Bloomberg

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