Saturday, August 25, 2012

Weekly Market Commentary: Weak(ish) Finish

Friday's rally did enough to take the sting off the weekly close. The Nasdaq was the most resilient, shedding just a handful on points by Friday's finish.  Technicals held firm and are net bullish.


Despite the slight decline in the parent Nasdaq, the Nasdaq Summation Index and Nasdaq Bullish Percents were able to close slightly higher, but the Percentage of Nasdaq Stocks above the 50-day MA fell.


The Russell 2000 took the biggest hit on the week as it was repelled off 825, but the June rally remains in play. I have redrawn channel support to account for the latest rally.


The S&P finished the week down -0.5% and just shy of a new high. However, the index held 1,400 support while it rides former channel support turned resistance. Look for a new multi-year high next week.


Next week probably still offers enough of an edge for bulls. The Nasdaq is the leading indiex, closely followed by the S&P.  Small Caps are lagging and this is likely to continue while Technology (and Large Caps to a lesser degree) lead out.

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