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Fast (but Questionable) Talk on 'Fast Money'
Originally published on Friday, Aug. 24 at 12:41 p.m. EDT.
A Piper Jaffray analyst is talking up the market of "Fast Money" now.
One of his primary drivers for a better S&P 500 (1550 six-month target) is that investors are fearful and that sentiment is poor.
To be sure, retail investors have shunned equities, but, as I have written, that is not the only measure of sentiment. So, he may be right about the market, but he is wrong about sentiment.
In fact, sometimes I think some of these talking heads take stuff out of the air with a key emphasis on confirmation bias.
Below is a compilation of what I have written on the subject of investor sentiment over the last week with recent updates.
Choose your side of the argument.
"There are times when the market gives the impression it is fading into nothingness. Volume becomes very low, trading ranges become very small, volatility becomes very low. Also, there is very little change in market levels, and day-to-day fluctuations are minimal. Looking back at history, when that happens, it is almost always a sign of a market high point."
-- Dick Arms
The market has risen against a backdrop of very low volume, leading the way for high-frequency trading strategies (tied to price momentum) having an exaggerated impact on stock prices.
As stock prices have risen, investors have grown increasingly complacent, and many strategists and commentators have said that market participants should be ignoring the rotten volumes.