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In a move reminiscent of 2015, the gains of the past few days were met with some measured pull backs today. SPX lost $9 to close at $1918 and RUT lost $6 to close at $1005. However, volatility continued to contract with VIX declining 0.7 points to 21.6%. Trading volume fell off significantly with 2.8 billion shares of the S&P 500 stocks trading today, below the 50 dma at 2.9B. This was the first day this year that S&P trading volume fell below the 50 dma. Trading on the NYSE dropped 11% and trading volume on NASDAQ declined 20%.

Investors Business Daily (IBD) moved from "Market in Correction" to "Market in Confirmed Uptrend" yesterday.

Initial unemployment claims reported today at 262k, down from 269k last week. Continuing unemployment claims rose by 30k to 2.273 million. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey reported a value of -2.8, not good, but an improvement over the -3.5 reported last month.

It would be nice to see SPX make it back to $1940, where it ran into resistance at the end of January. The decline in VIX on a down day was encouraging. That suggests that traders are thinking that the worst is behind us. Tomorrow is expiration Friday, which will bring an increase in trading volume. We'll see whether the volume is into a bullish move up to $1940.