Thursday, March 03, 2011

Daily Market Commentary: Nasdaq 100 Breaks Into Gap

Bulls grabbed the opportunity offered by the defense of 50-day MAs or channel support and pushed indices higher.

The big change was the bear trap and breakout in the Nasdaq 100. The index pushed into the prior gap down, setting up a potential challenge of all-time highs at 2,403.5. Volume even climbed to register a mild accumulation day.

($NDX)

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The Nasdaq is close (or has completed?) to a breakout of its own. A close above 2,800 would confirm and complete a new bear trap.

($COMPQ)

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Keeping a lid on proceedings is the semiconductor index. It too could start a new breakout - but there is a fine line between breakout and breakdown.

($SOX)

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Finally, the S&P played perfectly off channel support (for a second time in two weeks). It had the benefit of bullish technicals which may help build this newly created rally.

($SPX)

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After a substantial one-day gain it looks likely Friday will be case of consolidating the push higher. Tight (narrow) trading to come?

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