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The Standard and Poors index (SPX) made two new all-time highs this week, closing Friday at 4437, up 7 points on the day and up 0.7% for the week. The trading volume of the S&P companies ran above and below the 50-day moving average (dma) this week but fell below the 50 dma as the index made new 
all-time closing highs on Thursday and Friday.

VIX, the volatility index for the S&P 500 options, declined steadily this week, hitting an intraday high on Monday at 19.9% and closing Friday at 16.2%. This isn’t an “all clear” signal but it is a big improvement over the past couple of weeks.

I have plotted the prices of the IWM ETF below to track the Russell 2000 index. The owners of Russell have priced everyone out of Russell 2000 index and option data. That is why I plot the IWM prices. IWM magnified the moves of the large blue chips this week, declining the first three days and then spurting higher Thursday and Friday. However, IWM could not break above its 50 dma on Friday at 224.93 and pulled back to close at 223.38.

The NASDAQ Composite index traded steadily higher all week and set a new all-time high on Thursday at 14895. But it gave some of that back on Friday, closing down at 14836, down 0.4% on the day but remained up 0.5% for the week. NASDAQ’s trading volume continued run below its 50 dma all week.

This year has been frustrating for traders, spurting higher and then falling sharply, only to recover the previous highs in short order. This week continued the move higher. The bulls are banking on the economy recovering strongly from the economic lockdowns, and the data appear to be supporting that thesis. The pullbacks are the effects of the lingering doubts. This is unknown territory. We have never experienced a lockdown anything like this since World War II.

I started the week 74% in cash and ended the week at 75%. I had hip replacement surgery on Monday, so I didn’t look to increasing my positions this week. They tell me I am doing well, wandering around the house, and even walking around the block yesterday with the assistance of a cane.  I focused on trade management of open trades this week. We closed a nice one with Apple on Thursday with a 60% gain and closed profitable earnings trades on TSLA, MSFT and GOOGL.