Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daily Market Commentary: Good Recovery from Morning Losses

In what started as a gap down sell off quickly reversed into a powerful rally. Volume rose across indices to register an accumulation day.

The S&P finished just below its 20-day and 50-day MAs, so resistance at moving averages is still an issue, but the nature of today's buying suggests an upside break tomorrow.

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The Dow went a step further and cracked above 20-day and 50-day MAs. This is good news for bulls looking for likewise from the S&P.

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The Nasdaq closed with a bullish engulfing pattern as it defended 2,670 for a third day.

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While the Russell 2000 defended the 50-day MA at Wednesday's low while pressuring channel resistance by the close. Watch for a channel breakout tomorrow (it's not going to take much).

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However, lingering resistance remained in the Nasdaq 100 as dictated by the breakdown gap.

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With a breakdown gap of greater significance in the semiconductor index.

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Bulls have the edge, but now it's up to them to grab the nettle and break the last remnants of resistance.

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