James "Rev Shark" DePorre is the author of Invest Like a Shark: How a Deaf Guy With No Job and Limited Capital Made a Fortune Investing in the Stock Market. He is founder and CEO of Shark Asset Management, an investment management firm, and he also operates sharkinvesting.com, an interactive online community that serves and educates active investors.Expand

DePorre holds business and law degrees from the University of Michigan, is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and a former attorney and CPA. He lives in Anna Maria Island, Fla., and Conover, N.C., with his wife and three children. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks.Collapse

This market most likely needs some downside before it can make good progress on the upside.
Big-cap tech names are holding up indices as decliners outnumber gainers.
It is a surprisingly complacent open, with little movement so far.
This is a political situation unlike any we have seen before.
Find a strong sector, then look for attractive stocks within it.
Stocks have an up day, but inauguration is undramatic.
Stocks are still unable to generate sustained momentum.
A "sell the news" event is so obvious and so anticipated that it makes it much harder for it to work.
That may be what traders have done in anticipation of tomorrow's inauguration.
Presidential inaugurations typically mark the beginning of a market downtrend.

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