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By Lawrence G. McMillan

The Standard & Poors 500 ($SPX) chart (Figure 1) still shows heavy resistance at 1390.  That level has been challenged on five of the last six trading days.  So far it has held, thus making it a very strong resistance area.

Equity-only put-call ratios remain on sell signals, which originated a week ago.  These ratios are now climbing their charts swiftly, solidifying those previous sell signals.

The breadth indicators that we follow have now turned to buy signals.

Volatility indices ($VIX and $VXO) have not responded with roaring enthusiasm to this week's rally attempts.  Rather $VIX has held above 18 for the most part.  Consider the chart of $VIX in Figure 4. It has risen back into the 17-21 trading range, which previously held sway back in February.  As long as $VIX is in this range, I would expect the market to be quite volatile, but probably without much definitive direction.

In summary, even though $SPX has retraced its way back to the 1390 resistance level, only breadth rolled over to a buy signal.  I think it is significant that the put-call ratios and volatility have not improved on this move.  Therefore, there is still a reasonable chance that $SPX will decline to test the strong support at the 1340 level.

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