Today, the last trading day of May, I'm going to be looking at where the markets are in comparison to the last trading day of April.
Traders sometimes lose sight of the big picture and big market trends. That's where the monthly charts come in and are so useful.
If you just look at the action today you might think the general market was down for the month. The reality is that it's not down and is higher for the month. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500 index is up 1% for the month. The NASDAQ is doing even better and is up 2.4% for the month of May. The DOW is also positive with a gain of 1.3%. In fact, if you look at the charts, the S&P 500 is going to close at an all time monthly high - if nothing dramatically changes from now until the close. The same holds true for the NASDAQ which will be closing at its best levels ever on a monthly basis. [Read more...]