The State of The Trend
In our January 18th article we concluded that weak seasonality is behind us and the markets are approaching several consecutive weeks with strong bullish bias. The seasonally strong period started on Monday, Feb 2nd (green shaded area). During the last three weeks all three major averages (GJIA, SPX and NDX) made new highs, with the SPX gaining a little over 6.5%:
The fly in the ointment is that the DJ Transportation average has failed to make a new high yet, thus manifesting non-confirmation with the DJIA.
Looking forward, seasonality suggests that during the next few weeks the averages should enter a sideways/down phase.
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Chart courtesy of OT Seasonal
In summary, the trend for the major averages remains up and will continue to do so until the January lows are broken.
By contrast, the outlook for gold does not look very encouraging. GLD is currently testing key support. A break below the 50% retracement of the '08 - '10 upswing at 113.6 will signal that the lower cascading pattern will continue to unfold, pointing to a first downside target of 92.925: