And so it begins, markets initiate a rally

Buyers stewed over the weekend and started Monday with a period of buying across lead inside.  Buying volume was down on yesterday's (and recent buying) and given the Nasdaq gained over 3% it was a little disappointing not to see volume match the large percentage gain, although things were a little better for the S&P. 

For the Nasdaq, there was no fresh 'buy' signals, although On-Balance-Volume is on the verge of a new trigger. 

The S&P edged above the December swing low and a return above its 200-day MA, although it was interesting to see the relative performance dip a little against the Russell 2000. 

The Russsell 2000 also gained on low volume as buyers took advantage of Friday's trading. While the index is underperforming against its peers (S&P and Nasdaq), it is gaining ground. 

While today was a solid start to a swing low we can expect a more neutral candlestick over the coming days.  Once this occurs we will want to see indices retain their gains and not drift back into a retest of Friday's lows. 

You've now read my opinion, next read Douglas' blog.

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