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By Nigam Arora


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Know when to fold them.

Two potential scenarios are developing in the U.S. stock market. Both should be considered red alerts by prudent investors.

Let’s explore with the help of a chart. Please click here for an annotated chart of S&P 500 ETF /zigman2/quotes/209901640/composite SPY +0.91% , which tracks the benchmark S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.91% .

Note the following:

• The chart shows that the stock market has undergone a strong rally.

• The chart shows that the price action in the stock market after the breakout is subdued. This is a negative for the stock market.

• The chart shows that the top trendline is indicting a potential resistance zone. This is a negative.

• The relative strength index (RSI) shows that the market is overbought. This is a negative.

• The chart shows that the volume is low. This is a negative.

• The chart shows that if there is a breakout above the top trendline, the stock market may experience a significant acceleration to the upside. This is a positive.

• Stocks of popular large-cap stocks such as Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.64% , Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.93% and Facebook /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB +0.85% are seeing strong momo (momentum) crowd money flows. This is a positive in the very short term.

• Going into the launch of its new streaming service, Disney /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS +0.15% stock is seeing very strong momo crowd and smart money flows. This is a positive indicator in the very short term.

• Semiconductor stocks are often early indicators. Momo crowd money flows in popular semiconductor stocks such as Intel /zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite INTC +1.30% , AMD /zigman2/quotes/208144392/composite AMD +0.03% , Applied Materials /zigman2/quotes/209393259/composite AMAT +1.36% and Nvidia /zigman2/quotes/200467500/composite NVDA +1.64% are very positive. This is a positive indicator in the very short term.

Read: ‘Fear of missing out’ triggers huge fund manager shift from cash to stocks, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says

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/zigman2/quotes/209901640/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE Arca
$ 314.87
+2.85 +0.91%
Volume: 48.96M
Dec. 6, 2019 8:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,145.91
+28.48 +0.91%
Volume: 1.70B
Dec. 6, 2019 5:07p
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/zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 1,751.60
+11.12 +0.64%
Volume: 3.12M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
77.55
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$862.93 billion
Rev. per Employee
$359,671
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/zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 270.71
+5.13 +1.93%
Volume: 26.55M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
22.84
Dividend Yield
1.14%
Market Cap
$1180.04 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.98M
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/zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 201.05
+1.69 +0.85%
Volume: 12.28M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
32.11
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$568.67 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.57M
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/zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 147.66
+0.22 +0.15%
Volume: 7.09M
Dec. 6, 2019 6:30p
P/E Ratio
21.22
Dividend Yield
1.19%
Market Cap
$265.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
$295,532
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/zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 56.81
+0.73 +1.30%
Volume: 16.48M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:15p
P/E Ratio
13.33
Dividend Yield
2.22%
Market Cap
$243.95 billion
Rev. per Employee
$659,665
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/zigman2/quotes/208144392/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 39.63
+0.01 +0.03%
Volume: 31.15M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
204.70
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$44.12 billion
Rev. per Employee
$641,089
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/zigman2/quotes/209393259/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 56.60
+0.76 +1.36%
Volume: 6.03M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
19.79
Dividend Yield
1.48%
Market Cap
$51.58 billion
Rev. per Employee
$800,095
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/zigman2/quotes/200467500/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 212.17
+3.43 +1.64%
Volume: 5.81M
Dec. 6, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
54.26
Dividend Yield
0.30%
Market Cap
$127.75 billion
Rev. per Employee
$882,428
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