Is now a good time to jump back into stocks?


If indeed the Fed and U.S. Treasury are able to free up credit and stabilize the markets, it's worth asking if now is the time to get back into stocks.

The fundamentals are well known: unemployment is high and rising; earnings and guidance are trending lower; inflation is modest; credit markets are improving but still constrained. How do the technicals look? Unfortunately for the market bulls, not good. Three technical indicators or hurdles would have to be mounted for the view from here to turn bullish.