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The markets swung back and forth today, but ended up essentially unchanged on the day. SPX lost one dollar to close at $1852 after trading as low as $1835 and as high as $1868. RUT declined $5 to $964. Trading volume contracted somewhat with 3.3 billion shares of the S&P 500 stocks trading, but this remains well above the 50 dma at 2.8B shares. Trading declined 10% on the NYSE and also dropped by 10% on NASDAQ. The lock step between oil prices and stocks prices seems to be weakening. As oil prices declined farther this afternoon, SPX began its climb higher. And oil ended the day at $28, down about $1.35.

Today was a slow day for economic data; JOLTS job openings came in at 5.607 million for December, up from 5.346 million.

So we are left with the big question: are we testing support here or just pausing before we fall off the cliff? The price action hints at that scenario, but we can't be sure until we see some strong bullish days. Yesterday's bullish recovery was encouraging, but today didn't present the follow through one would like to see.