Today's market action was just one of those crazy days. If you were privy to congressional day planners, you could make a killing just by looking at what events are scheduled. Any sign of fiscal cliff conversation = bullish trade. Any time Senators speak = bearish trade.
I was able to watch CNBC pretty much the entire day today (my little version of heaven) and it sounded like the "cliff" deadline is artificial and the market knows it. A couple of our elected leaders alluded to the fact that a "framework" for a deal was the probable outcome with the actual deal being accomplished by the end of Jan with a "retroactive" bill that would undo the damage done by the cliff. It's a big gamble and a bit of arrogance for our elected leaders to believe that they hold all the keys necessary to undo whatever may be the world economy's fate.
If I was to only look at the charts of the DJIA and friends, I'd draw a conclusion that we are at a short term market low. The 4 hr chart is showing a bullish candlestick pattern (tweezers bottom), a very low slow stochastic, a MACD histogram that is turning bullish and price at the lower end of the bollinger bands. However, the RumWave chart does not suggest that it is time to buy.. so I won't.
Today's scores (minus the days I was on vacation)
TSP / IRA / 401K: Safety
GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!