Weekly Market Commentary: Consolidation

While it takes little to scare traders on the daily chart, there is little of real concern on the weekly chart. Yes, last week's volume ranked as distribution, but all key indices are trading inside well defined channels.

The Nasdaq eased away from 2,887 resistance, but weekly support is down at 2,700, some 90 points away from Friday's close.

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The Nasdaq 100 has the benefit of consolidating above the 2007 high with two support levels at 2,217 and 2,130, both of which are a long way from Friday's close.

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There was a MACD technical 'buy' to support the earlier stochastic 'buy' in the Summation Index ($NASI). But given the signal came from outside oversold conditions it's not a strong 'buy'.

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The Russell 2000 is lingering close enough to 850 to keep the challenge on the 'bull trap', but it will need to break soon.

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The S&P has been the index which has failed to impress the most. The light volume for most of 2011 hasn't helped. It does trade inside a channel, but it's the index most likely to break first.

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Next week could see further losses which wouldn't upset the apple cart too much. The real test will come when channel support rises to meet price (in a sideways move) - or when price falls to channel support.

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