We ended October with a painful week of trading just ahead of a presidential election, but I expect a new stock market rally to develop into the year’s end.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t see a few more big declines in the coming days. But those will be healthy developments that keep investors off-balance and set the stage for a strong new stock market rally to come.
It simply measures bullishness and bearishness of options traders based on whether they’re buying calls or puts. A “call” is a bet a stock is going to go up by a certain date. A “put” is a bet a stock will go down.
When I posted my last video, there was extreme bullishness the likes of which we’d rarely seen in the market over the past 13 years.
Within days of recording that video, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 900 points… the Nasdaq dropped 500 points. Those dips came at the end of a slow-motion sell-off that saw both indexes, the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 all fall between 7%-8% since the start of October.
If you go back to the markets’ all-time highs set in early September, we’re now in the midst of a 10% correction.
Here’s the chart from Tuesday. Note the peak bullishness:
And here we are just a few days later. Note the sharp trend reversal toward peak bearishness since Tuesday:
The above charts illustrate just how fast the sentiment among options traders has changed from peak bullish to peak bearish… in a matter of days.
In fact, at one point during the week’s sell-offs, the put-call ratio rocketed toward the “1.10” level, which means options speculators hastily shifted to buying more puts than calls… They expect even sharper sell-offs to come.
In effect, the dips we saw this week — and the ones we’re likely to see during election week — are helping clear the decks. They’re erasing the extreme optimism and introducing doubt and fear. That doubt and fear will in turn set the stage for a new stock market rally.
Check out my short video below and I’ll explain why in more detail. I’ll also talk about some intriguing developments on the COVID-19 vaccine front and the effects that could have.
Then share your thoughts in the comments below. Do you think we’ll see a new stock market rally into the end of the year? Why or why not?
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