Thursday, February 11, 2016

Further Losses But No Breakaway

The Asian session had set up for big losses, but markets were able to defend against such losses even if finishing with a lower close.

The S&P tagged the January low, but it's hard to see it holding out if there's another challenge on 1,810.


The Nasdaq was able to register a higher close (although below the prior day's close). It probably did enough to negate what is normally a bearish black candlestick, but bulls won't have any confidence until the bearish channel is broken.


The Russell 2000 was the index feeling the most heat. The gap down didn't manage to do more than leave a small bullish hammer. The MACD trigger 'sell' expanded, and new lows keep pricing action on the side of bears. As the relative market leader, what goes here goes for other indices.


Tomorrow is a chance for bulls to buy a change in fortune.  After five consecutive days of losses it's time for bulls to apply the squeeze.

You've now read my opinion, next read Douglas' and Jani's.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bears Win Day - Just...

There wasn't a whole lot of change by the close of business, but intraday strength was clawed back in worrisome fashion. The end result was to leave spike highs in markets.

The S&P finished with a MACD 'sell' trigger, but on lower volume. The 'sell' trigger was below the bullish zero line, which makes it a strong signal.


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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Honors Even

The gap down had set up for a big bearish move lower, but the collapse never appeared. Instead, lows held as support. On the flip side, an attempt at a rally couldn't get off the ground, but markets were able to do enough to register a close above the open.

The S&P closed with a spinning top below support. Watch for a strong 'sell' signal in the MACD as other technicals remain bearish.  The only positive is the strong relative performance against the Russell 2000.


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Monday, February 08, 2016

Sellers Start Day, Buyers Finish It

Tech averages had the weakest start, Powerful gap downs had set things off, but buyers were able to make a comeback into the close. However, morning gaps remain. Volume climbed to register as distribution, which for the Nasdaq was the second day of distribution in a row.


The Nasdaq 100 is on the fiftth day of selling in a row. The August swing low wasn't fully tested. Bulls will be looking for a bullish 'morning star' where today's candlestick 'hammer' is followed by an opening gap, then a rally for the rest of the day. Should this emerge, then a move to test 4,300 is next. If there is a weak open, then any chance for a bullish 'hammer' based on today's action is significantly weakened.


Losses in the S&P, while comparable to the Tech indices, didn't see a loss of January's lows.  Today's spike low did fall inside the range of January's spike low. This will offer grounds for a positive response tomorrow; today's lows will likely see a cluster of stops.


The Russell 2000 has been leading the move down, although the past few days have seen a positive relative response (against Tech averages).  However, today's low marked a new low for the year. Additional losses has the potential to pull other indices down with it given this leadership role.


Tomorrow's action will be heavily influenced by pre-market action.  If there is a gap down, then whatever confidence built by bulls today will quickly dissipate. A gap higher, and there will be a scramble between value buyers and short covers.

You've now read my opinion, next read Douglas' and Jani's.

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