Some stocks are going up and most stocks are going down. That’s been the trend over the past 10 weeks or so. There is nothing out of the ordinary about that and cash heavy positions have helped us tremendously during this period.
As far as the indexes themselves are concerned, I think it’s obvious that they’re a mess. You’ve heard me say it a thousand times, “If you trade the averages you’ll get average returns”. It’s something I learned the hard way a long time ago. Focusing on individual stocks, both long and short in this environment continues to make the most sense based on the weight-of-the-evidence.
First we’ll look at the stocks that remain weak. We want to keep selling those if they’re below key levels. From the long side, it’s hard to ignore some of the relative strength out there. If the market catches a bid, those are likely to be the ones that lead us higher.