ORIGINAL POST: 10:05 AM
I’m a bit surprised the Plunge Protection Team didn’t protect 1292 (but I imagine it means a Fed governor or the Bernank himself will be making an appearance sometime this morning.)
I had set a mental stop level of 1295 yesterday, given the ongoing weakness in the euro and inability of the market to close positive on the day. Two schools of thought going into the NFP release this morning: (1) that they would manipulate it upward, as usual, or; (2) that a brutally honest (hence, depressing) number would clear the decks for QE.
I think the enormity of the miss (69,000 vs 150,000 expectations) clears the deck — and then some. From a charting standpoint, it doesn’t hurt that we just completed a bullish Crab pattern at the bottom of a pretty convincing looking falling wedge with the SMA 200 just below current prices at 1284.56. So, I not only lifted my remaining stops as the market fell this morning, I am buying more here at 1287.
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