This Chart Shows Stocks WILL Fall – Optimism or Not

This exact signal last happened just before the February crash…

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One chart caught my eye this week. I’m sharing it with you today because it tells me the stock market’s recovery has come too far too fast.

My pattern analysis tells me the S&P 500 Index is set for a possible 10% correction in the next two months.

And traders should be looking for a chance to profit from the downside.

Chart showing that the CBOE Options Total Put/Call Ratio is at its lowest point since the beginning of the year.

This is Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) put/call index. It shows the ratio of CBOE put option volume divided by CBOE call option volume for stocks and indices, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, Russell 2000 Index, S&P 500 Index and S&P 100. I know that’s a lot of description, but basically it shows us what traders are expecting to happen in the near future.

I use this chart to pinpoint extremes in market sentiment.

That’s because put and call options are tools that allow traders to bet on a stock’s direction. Puts are bearish bets. Calls are bullish. When you break it down, it turns out it’s pretty simple.

Think of the put-to-call ratio as the bear-to-bull ratio.

I highlighted this ratio on the Nasdaq 100 Index back in January. That was just a few weeks before the market collapsed.

This time I’m focusing on more than just the tech-heavy Nasdaq stocks.

But the same trend applies: When the ratio reaches an extreme, stocks are due for a reversal.

It’s happening again right now…

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