Some things never change…

Last Sunday, my wife forced me to watch the movie “When Harry Met Sally” for the billionth time. I couldn’t object. After all, she granted me unobstructed access to the television during the first game of the World Series.

The movie is about a man and a woman who don’t like each other. After some time passes, they become friends. Eventually, they become romantically involved. He finds a way to disappoint her, and they hit a rough patch. She gets mad. He apologizes. They get back together. And everyone lives happily ever after.

[ad#Google Adsense]It’s the same, tired, old story that Hollywood goes back to again and again… But it makes my wife cry every single time.

“Sweetheart,” I said, “You’ve seen this movie a billion times. You know how it turns out. Why are you crying?”

“It’s just so sad,” she replied. “What if she doesn’t forgive him? It could be different this time.”

It took the strength of Hercules to hold back what I wanted to say. But as any man who’s approaching 18 years of marriage will tell you, a hug and a kiss on the forehead is a far better response.

But I’m not married to you. So I have no hesitation in telling you what I wanted to tell my wife last Sunday…

It’s not different this time!

Just as the conclusion of “When Harry Met Sally” doesn’t change, the pattern tracing out in the stock market right now is the same, tired, old story we’ve seen before.

The stock market is ready to break down. It’s showing the same heart-wrenching, tear-jerking story it played out last April. And the ending doesn’t change. Take a look…

The S&P 500 broke down from the rising-wedge pattern last week.

It rallied back and tested the breakdown level. Yesterday, it fell back lower – consistent with the action we saw six months ago.

There’s room for a small bounce back up to 1,188 or so on the S&P 500 – just to mimic what we saw in April. But the intermediate trend now is lower.

There’s a big correction coming.

Of course, the past is never a guarantee of future results. But we’ve seen this movie before. We know how it ends.

It’s far better to take action now: Lighten up on long positions and maybe make a short trade or two. Otherwise, you may end up crying like my wife, even though you knew what the outcome would be.

Best regards and good trading,

— Jeff Clark

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