The Most Shorted Stocks Think They Are Bitcoin Or Something

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Stocks rose on February 5, with the S&P 500 gaining 39 bps to close at 3,886, with the VIX dropping to around 20.9. That should be it for the VIX; maybe it drops to around 20, but skew and implied volatility levels are just too high to see it fall any further. It would suggest that the S&P 500 index is now at the top of the range, and perhaps a sideways grind may be due. (Should be free to read – The VIX May Hold The Key To Where The Stock Market Goes Next)

S&P 500 

Additionally, the SPX has just about risen back to the trend line it snapped on January 27. Whether that serves as a turning point is hard to say. If the index were to turn lower, it would be a confirmation pattern of the broken rising wedge pattern.  It would certainly make sense should it happen, but then again, the SX should have turned lower when it filled the gap at 3,850, but it didn’t

The testing of the trend line with the VIX at 20 certainly makes this an ideal place to see an other 3-5% decline, possibly even a re-test to 3,700. But again, all you can do is be mindful of the technical rules. It doesn’t mean they always work the way they are supposed to or the way we want them.

Ideally, one should want to see a pullback because it would likely increase the VIX enough to give the S&P 500 the juice it needs to rise above 4,000. Without it, it may just be a slow grind.

Is it still possible for the index to burst up without a pullback first? Yes, should the VIX fall through 20, which I think in this environment isn’t likely, it could create a massive move higher in the S&P 500, potentially well beyond 3,950.

Most Shorted

In most shorted names, the party continues with the index up another 1.3% Friday. Looking at the most shorted index chart from a longer-term viewpoint, what I saw was rather stunning. The parabolic curve looked really familiar; then I realized it looked just like Bitcoin. In fact, throw in a three-week lag, and they are nearly identical. An interesting look into the future, maybe?!

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