Thursday, January 19, 2012

Daily Market Commentary: Semiconductors Blast Through 200-day MA

Yesterday, semiconductors were stalling out at their 200-day MA; today there was no holding it back. The day started with a gap and didn't look back. In the process of breaking the 200-day MA it also negated the October and November 'Bull Traps'. The gain was also accompanied with a 'Golden Cross' between 20-day and 50-day MAs.


The 5% move in the semiconductor index was also good news for the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq broke past 2,737 resistance defined from the October swing high and registered an accumulation day. The December-January rally continues to drive improvement in technicals as the relative shift from Large Caps to Technology issues intensifies.


The Nasdaq 100 similarly broke resistance on higher volume accumulation.


The Russell 2000 took a back seat on the action, but not before it added nearly 2%.  It was able to break resistance last week so is slightly ahead of the curve, despite losing ground against the Nasdaq.


The long side remains the favored position as today's action checked all the right boxes for bulls. The next watchpoints are 'bull traps' created from newly created support from the breakouts. 

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