Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekly Market Commentary: Rally Makes New Highs

Markets posted new highs within rising price channels, led by a breakouts in the Dow and S&P, as breadth indicators continued to map swing lows. Volume rose in accumulation as money flowed in from the sidelines.

The S&P cleared the 2011 swing high, but has larger resistance at 1,426 from 2008 to contend with. But given the breaks in other indices this should be cleared over the coming weeks.


The Percentage of S&P Stocks above the 50-day MA rose sharply after spiking at a low in the 50s, but is off past swing highs in the 90s. The one concern is the 'sell' trigger in the MACD which may suggest the top in the S&P is closer than expected.


The S&P Bullish Percents slow burn a swing high, but this is not necessarily bearish for the S&P; in 2009 the S&P added another 10% after the breadth indicator topped at 88%.


The Dow was able to take the Large Cap rally a stage further. It cleared the 2008 high by Friday's close.


The Nasdaq posted a new multi-year high, but unlike Large Cap indices was unable to do so on higher volume accumulation. Bears may look to broadening wedge resistance as an opportunity to take profits or launch a short attack, although the first point of support is just below 2,900.


While the Russell 2000 is working on a challenge of 825, but has larger resistance at 868 to consider.


For the coming week, bears are likely to turn up the heat on the Nasdaq. If they can turn it away from broadening wedge resistance it will add supply into the market and see other indices fall in sympathy. But any decline will quickly run into support, making it a better environment for profit taking than for aggressive shorts.

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