Just today, Kimble Charting, posted a study showing the Dow to be in its 4th tightest trading range (through a year's first 5 months) in last 115 years. Each of the other "tight" years shown in his study went on to break out to the upside.
And given the converging support and resistance trendlines that the Dow is dealing with, he argues that a resolution, either decidedly up or down, could come soon.
A recent post by Bespoke surveyed the year-to-date action in the S&P 500 and arrived at similar conclusions. They went back over the last 20 years and found only a few times when the S&P had experienced such a dramatic drop in volatility and direction.
So after digesting this and similar data, do we gain any type of edge? Well, one indicator that we and others have pointed to in recent months has been the VIX. Each time the index has drifted near 12 (while stocks have slowly trudged higher) that has been the level in which volatility picks up and markets tend to sell off. The best strategy has been to fade strength and buy weakness especially when coupled with a low VIX.