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Trading Alert: It's Time to Sell Stocks

By Jeff Clark
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two weeks ago, I told you I was buying stocks.
The market was selling off hard. The S&P 500 fell 4% in seven trading days. Financial network talking heads were warning that the long-awaited correction had begun. Most traders were looking to short the market.
But the NYSE McClellan Oscillator (NYMO) – a measure of overbought and oversold conditions in the market – was saying stocks were primed for a bounce. I said it was a good time to make quick profits from the upside.
Today, the stock market has recovered. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 closed at 1,982 – an outstanding 4% gain in just two weeks – and is within spitting distance of a new all-time high. Television talking heads are bullish again. Traders are rushing to get exposure on the long side of the market.
But now, the NYMO is saying stocks are ripe for a pullback. And that's why I'm selling...
Take a look at this updated chart of the NYMO...
As I said earlier, the NYMO is a measure of overbought and oversold conditions in the stock market. Readings above 60 signal overbought conditions and warn of an impending decline in the market. Readings below -60 point to oversold conditions and signal the potential for stocks to move higher.
With a reading around 60 today, the NYMO is telling us stocks are overbought. And that's why I'm selling.
You see, the NYMO has a terrific track record of signaling short-term reversals in stocks. You can see this in the chart below. It shows how previous "buy" and "sell" signals have lined up with the S&P 500...
NYMO stock signals chart
The blue arrows show the NYMO buy signals. The red arrows point to the sell signals.
As you can see, the "buy" signals didn't always mark the absolute bottom of the market. But in every case, the S&P 500 was higher a few weeks later. Traders who bought stocks on the NYMO "buy" signals did well. Traders who were aggressively shorting stocks got crushed.
Likewise, the NYMO "sell" signals didn't always mark an absolute short-term top in the stock market. But they always marked a good time to sell. Stocks were usually lower a few weeks later.
As I told you last week, I'm not interested in aggressively short selling the stock market just yet. But I am taking profits on the stocks I bought two weeks ago. I suggest traders who took my advice to buy do the same.
Best regards and good trading,
Jeff Clark

Further Reading:

Jeff uses several indicators to gauge where the market is headed next... including Bollinger Bands, the MACD indicator, bullish percent indexes, and the "empty restaurant" indicator.
Editor in Chief Brian Hunt has reviewed just about every type of technical analysis out there. And he has distilled this complex subject into a few important ideas that belong in every investor's toolkit. Learn how to time your trades – and ensure the biggest profits – right here.

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