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DON'T MIND THE BIG VOLUME

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Most of the major market averages closed in the red today, but only marginally. After trading down most of the day, the S&P 500 closed with a loss of less than a point. The S&P also held at its late February low at 1184. While the price action was relatively tame, volume was heavy. Don't pay too much attention to that however. Friday was a triple witching day which often produces heavier trading. The S&P also underwent some "rebalancing" in its stock weightings to ensure that only publicly traded shares are counted in a stock's capitalization. That means that some shares will have a bigger weighting and others a smaller. That also contributed to today's heavy volume. I wouldn't read much into it or today's price action. Despite today's late bounce, the market still looks toppy to me for reasons that I've already spelled out in previous messages.

 

Chip Anderson
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