Thursday, January 10, 2013

Daily Market Commentary: Consolidation Day 5

If you are a bull, the past week's action has been very kind.  Tight action, over an extended period, favors a big reaction move.  The resulting move should come in the direction of the prior trend, which in this case is bullish. New longs can look to place a stop below the 5-day low.  Aggressive players may wish to play a short on the break of the 5-day low as it would mark a 'fake out' of the bullish thesis (stops coming in above the 5-day high in this case).

The S&P shows the bullish flag which 'should' break higher.  Technicals are bullish (with the exception of On-Balance-Volume, although this is likely to turn bullish on the next up day).


Notice how the breakout gap in the Nasdaq hasn't been violated; another bullish sign.  The only ugly is down trending On-Balance-Volume.


While the Russell 2000 is pressuring its high even within the tight consolidation.  Look for this index to lead out the others.


For Thursday, keep an eye on the Russell 2000. If it can push above 881 in early trading it will offer a momentum scenario to drive buying for the rest of the day.  This will bring the other indices along for the ride.

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