Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Daily Market Commentary: S&P Stall in Bounce But Small Caps Follow On

Not surprising to see the advance stall as prior highs are approached, but it wasn't all doom and gloom. For the S&P volume climbed to register a bearish distribution day; the second heavier volume selling day in four - although market indecision lessens volumes' significance. Technicals favour the bear side but were little changed on the day.

($SPX)

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The Nasdaq had a more traditional indecisive doji and the challenge is set for bulls to drive this higher. Swing traders can look to take advantage of the narrow intraday spread to set entry and exit points.

($COMPQ)

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But the semiconductor index dipped into the prior gap in a clear selloff, finding demand at the rising trendline off February lows. The CCI switched to a 'sell' trigger.

($SOX)

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However, small caps managed a new closing high for the February-April rally which should help Tech and Large Caps.

($RUT)

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So can Small Caps lead the broader market higher? It's a big ask.

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