Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daily Market Commentary: Markets Inch Higher

Markets opened down on yesterday's close, but were able to finish slightly higher.  The best performing index was the Russell 2000 as it pushed over its 20-MA, adding nearly a percent by the close. The Russell 2000 was again outperforming the Tech indices after a brief respite.


The semiconductor index managed to gain from the open, but it wasn't able to finish above its 20-day MA.  It's a little worrying because the moving average is playing as resistance, so bulls haven't yet done enough to suggest a swing low is in place, despite gains the past couple of days.


The Nasdaq is similarly pegged by resistance, with converging 20-day and 50-day MAs providing the supply. Technicals are improving, although the Nasdaq is significantly underperforming relative to the S&P.


FInally, the S&P keeps the flag flying with a decent volume day at major resistance of 1,470.  A break above this zone would offer bulls something to work with over the coming weeks (and perhaps months).

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