That's the volume the S&P's (SPY) ETF hasn't broken since June. Yet the S&P, on no volume at all, has gained 100 points (3.7%) in the first 10 days of July and is now just another 100 points away from the all-time high, after matching January's high at 2,872, of course. Things looked fantastick then – the S&P was on a run from 2,550 so up 322 points was 12.6% and, on the morning of Jan 18th, I noted the following in our report:
Up and up the markets go but we see shorting opportunities this morning IF we cross back below Dow (/YM) 26,100, S&P (/ES) 2,800, Nasdaq(/NQ) 6,810 and Russell(/TF) 1,585. The rule of thumb for shorting the futures is wait for 2 to cross below and then pick the next one that crosses and keep very tight stops back above the line and if ANY of the indexes go back above their line – kill the trade and wait for the next set-up.
The Dow is much lower now, at 24,850 (-4.7%) but the Nasdaq is way up at 7,320 (+7.4%) and the Russell is at 1,711 (+7.9%) and we're short both of those indexes on the assumption the Dow and the S&P are not crazy (and the much broader NYSE is down at 12,776 from 13,637 so that's 861 points or -6.3%). Of course, right after I wrote that note, the market dropped 10% into early February and boy were we glad to have been caustious then!