After six months of price decline, the S&P 500 Index finally experienced a price rally during the month of July that now has the media ablaze. I have even read headlines that suggest a new bull market began in June. I’m sorry to say, but the “old” bull market still hasn’t ended. So far, it appears we are in a “corrective” phase in a rising trend – not an outright change in trend.

Please refer to the pink circle below to see where the market is within the current crossroads of identified rising and declining trend channels:


PRIMARY TREND: RISING (but correcting)

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The type of price rally experienced in July is common during most channel (and trend) corrections. So far, last month appears to be a counter-trend rally in an ongoing channel correction. Take a closer look at the red box and arrow below:


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Price continues to remain under the Blue Line, and the “gap,” or space between the Blue Line and Purple Line is significant. Consider a similar pattern back in late 1969 identified below with the red box and arrow:


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In 1969 (as one example), the price rally in October stalled around the Blue Line with the Purple Line below. The eventual outcome was a continued price decline. In other words, applying these same patterns to today’s market does not negate the potential for new price lows somewhere ahead – at least not yet.

According to the BLUE LINE INVESTING® process, what I would ideally like to see is price rising above the Blue Line and remaining above it, along with the Purple and Green lines rising above the Blue Line as well. Until that happens, I believe caution is warranted.



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The S&P finished the month of July 1.40% below the Blue Line, compared to 10.90% below the Blue Line at the end of June.

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