Greg Guenthner

If you’re an investor, you should pray for a pullback.

Nothing earth-shattering, of course. Just a nice, orderly few days with stocks in the red.

What you need is a buying opportunity. More to the point, you’re looking to pick up some shares without feeling like you’re a dog chasing your neighbor’s Mustang down the street.

Don’t fret — the market understands. Stocks won’t move straight up forever. In fact, they’re showing early signs that a minor top is on the way in short order.

It’s all about bullish momentum…

Peak Bulls vs. Peak Momentum

This is a look at the S&P 500 Bullish Percent Index. The big middle section of this chart shows the percentage of stocks in the S&P that are currently displaying a longer-term technical buy signal. After retreating in October and November, the index is now showing that nearly 80% of its components are flashing buy signals.

But the real story lies in the top momentum gauge. Each time the index has heated up to extreme levels since the 2011 bottom, it has provided a nifty little short-term sell warning (red arrows). You can see the corresponding minor tops on the S&P on the bottom chart. We’re seeing these extreme levels again right now. Therefore, a momentum drop below 70 will be your first clue that this move will stall out — at least, temporarily.

The drop will be your chance to look for buying opportunities. But planning is required. Decide what names you like and have them ready. That way, when the time comes, you can quickly capitalize on the price action.

Greg Guenthner
for The Daily Reckoning

Greg Guenthner

Greg Guenthner, CMT, is the managing editor of The Rude Awakening. Greg is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician designation.

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