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Jeff Saut: Is Caffeine Key to Trading This Slow Market?


Today is a key day for stocks given the recent trading range.

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"The biggest seller on the NYSE today has been NoDoz!?"

-Art Cashin, Director of Floor Operations at UBS Securities

I have spent many a night with Art Cashin at Bobby Van's directly across from the NYSE. Artie should actually write a book because there are not many of us left!

The stories he tells are unrivaled in stock market folklore, and it will be sad if those tales are not recorded for future generations. The same experience happened to me in a limo ride a few months ago with legendary investor Ron Baron, eponymous captain of Baron Capital. Ron founded Baron Capital with $10 million in 1982 and his assets have grown to over $27 billion since then.

During that limo ride Ron said to me, "There are not many of us left!"

Of course, the "us" in question is me! Indeed, in the next 25 years, there will be very few of us who experienced the "crash" of 1987; so, Art, write a book! I was actually in Barron's magazine in September of 1987 suggesting that there was going to be a "waterfall decline." Of interest is that said "crash" commenced 64 months into the recovery in stock prices. Also of interest is that the 1929 recovery rally peaked at 64 months, the Nikkei 225 (INDEXNIKKEI:NI225) peak took 65 months, and the NASDAQ 100 (INDEXNASDAQ:NDX) peaked at 64 months; so, the 64/65 month timing point historically seems significant, at least to me, although I am not expecting anything like a crash here. Yet, this month is month 64 from the "nominal bottom" of March 2009 and next month is month 65.

Yesterday, however, I received this note from one disgruntled advisor. "I read your weekly strategy reports almost every week. I found this morning's annoying. You said, 'a few weeks ago I turned more cautious on a near-term basis.'  Nonsense! You have been calling for a 10 to 12% pullback for at least 7 of 8 months. Have I been misinterpreting your comments for the last 7 or 8 months?"

My response was, "I have repeatedly said that coming into the year we were due for a 5 - 7% pullback in the first 3 months of the year based on the historical odds. And, that those same odds suggest we are due for a 10 - 12% drawn-down sometime this year. Whether we started it 3 weeks ago when we traveled into the 1950 - 1975 target zone, triggered by the April 15, 2014 upside reversal session at SPX (INDEXSP:.INX) 1816, is unknowable. So it is true, I have said there should be a 10 - 12% pullback sometime this year, but I have not been calling for it for the past 8 months and I do have the documentation to prove that."

Today is a big day for stocks given the consecutive "inside days" trading range. With the Ukraine rebels handing over the "black box," a breach of Monday's high or low price could foster a trading surge.
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