Market Hangs In, But By A Thread (SPY, IEF)

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May 8, 2012 11:42am NYSE:IEF NYSE:SPY

Chris Ciovacco: As summed up by Reuters below, the situation in Greece remains


Radical Leftist Alexis Tsipras began efforts to form a Greek government on Tuesday by renouncing the terms of an international bailout and threatening to nationalize banks in a statement likely to reduce his chances of success. His uncompromising stance may lower already slim chances of forming a coalition by scaring off the former ruling parties New Democracy and socialist PASOK, while further unsettling jittery investors.

The market has reached levels where further deterioration may call for some defensive moves.  As the table below shows, the CCM Market Models remain perched on the bullish/neutral line.  The risk model reading of 50 means 50% of the signals side with the bulls and 50% side with the bears.

The chart below is an updated version of the one covered in a May 7 video.   RSI closed above 50 on Monday; it remains perilously close to a bearish cross.   Note the trend in the relative performance of stocks (NYSEARCA:SPY) to bonds (NYSEARCA:IEF) after a weekly RSI close below 50 – bonds did better than stocks, which is what the falling ratio tells us.

While the chart of the S&P 500 below looks complex, the concepts are easy to follow.   The two red arrows near point A show where the downward-sloping pink trendline acted as resistance in the past.  The blue arrow near point B shows the same line is trying to provide support near 1,357.  Point C shows the green 50-day moving average with a flat slope.  If the slope turns over, it indicates a possible shift in the intermediate-term trend.  If 1,357 does not hold, points D and E highlight the next levels where buyers may step in.

Written By Chris Ciovacco From Ciovacco Capital Management, LLC

Chris Ciovacco began his investment career with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta in 1994. With a focus on global macro investing, Chris uses both fundamental and technical analysis to assist in managing risk while looking for growth opportunities around the globe in all asset classes. If you are looking for an independent money manager or financial advisor, Ciovacco Capital is worth a look. Chris graduated from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors earning a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1990. His experience in the professional ranks began in 1985 as he began working as a co-op for IBM in Atlanta.

Ciovacco Capital Management, LLC (CCM) is an independent money management firm serving clients nationwide. By utilizing extensive research, disciplined risk management techniques, and a globally diversified approach, CCM prudently manages investments for individuals and businessowners. Our focus is on principal protection and purchasing  power preservation in an ever-changing global investment climate.

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