Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daily Market Commentary: Watch Expanding Bearish Breadth

While the S&P and Nasdaq have recovered strongly, supporting breadth for these indices hasn't been so glowing.

For example, the Nasdaq is on the verge of a move to a new high, sitting just below the July peak, on a second day of accumulation.


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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Vacation Time: July 4th => July 22nd

No posts for the next couple of weeks. Trading volume was light with tight action in Large Caps, but a little give in Small Caps. Existing trends in play until proven otherwise, anything else risks overplaying background noise.

Pointers to keep an eye out for over the coming weeks:

S&P remains on course to tag the 10% 200-day MA envelope (grey dashed line). Channel and/or 20-day MA support may offer pullback opportunities.


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Daily Market Commentary: Vacation Trading

Not much to write about. The S&P did nothing more but offer swing traders a nice narrow intraday range to trade against.


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Daily Market Commentary: Nasdaq Breakout II

There was only one index at the races on Friday. Strong volume action, and the close above 'Head' resistance, suggests the Nasdaq breakout has finally taken. The 'Bull Trap' hasn't totally been negated, but Friday's action was a big dent in it.




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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Daily Market Commentary: Bull Comeback

Well, that selling didn't last long. Buyers didn't even wait for tests of nearby moving averages before buying - they just jumped in from the open and didn't look back.

The Nasdaq may have done enough to trigger a breakout, although the spike high at 4,399 has the potential to play as resistance.  Given the way the MACD is going, I suspect we are going to get a 'sell' trigger here. This is not to day bulls can't keep this going, but I think there needs to be a greater shake of weak hands from their positions to get a break of 4,400 to hold.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Daily Market Commentary: Distribution and Possible Bull Trap in Nasdaq

Sellers had to return at some point, and Tuesday was the day they paid a visit. I was too consumed with Suarez's fine dining skills to do an update last night, but given the day ranked as a distribution day it's worth passing comment.

The most important action was found in the Nasdaq.  The index had looked to comfortably break past resistance, only to see it finish below this resistance. A classic 'bull trap' requires a close above, then below resistance, but Tuesday's action was more a plain rejection of the breakout level as a support zone.  The 'inverted hammer' on overbought short and intermediate term stochastics is a possible short entry with a break of 4,342 and an initial stop above 4,400. If going short, look to move the stop to around 4,369 on the first close below 4,342.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sectorbreadth Analysis: Utilities and Energy Leading

The summer rally has proven to be a boon for Energy and Utility stocks. According to my #sectorbreadth analysis, both Utilities ($XLU) and Energy ($XLE) are in covered call 'sell' territory, with Momentum, Trend and Volume indicators all above 90% bullish territory.  The September $44 strike call for $XLU traded at $0.65, and the September $102 strike call for $XLE at $2.20.

The only sector cut from the pack is Consumer Discretionary ($XLY). While not in strong buy territory (I like to see all my breadth indicators below 10% for that), it may offer itself as a bargain bin opportunity for the summer on rotation out of overheated Energy and Utility stocks.


You can access the interactive sectorbreadth chart here.


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Daily Market Commentary: Still Waiting on Nasdaq Breakout

Ditto the weekend's comments. Some very tight action didn't change the outlook, although this narrowing of the intraday range will increase the reaction response when it breaks. The Nasdaq is either going to break out big or fall hard down; the breakout is looking more likely. A hard fall wouldn't last long as buyers would step in at 20-day MA and 4,245 support.


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