Silver lining? Bullish hammers at Fib retracements for lead indices
If there was a setup for a bullish reversal in the indices then today was the day. The Russell 2000, Nasdaq and S&P all closed with bullish reversal candlesticks down at the 61.8% Fib retracement of the move from June through August. However, any further loss would open the possibility for a complete retracement to the June low.
The Russell 2000 finished the day with a doji on higher volume distribution. Stochastics finished just below the mid-line, resulting in a net bearish technical picture - but these same stochastics are at a level where rallies in bull phases occur (the Russell 2000 having jumped to the bullish side of this equation in July).
Today's Nasdaq selling did not register as distribution, but technicals are weaker than for the Russell 2000, somewhat cancelling each other out.
The S&P also finished with a bullish 'hammer' and actually managed a higher close (no accumulation volume though). Technicals are still net bearish, but there was a rapid uptick in Large Cap relative strength performance over Small Caps.
Given the surge in S&P relative performance strength, prospective buyers would be better to track this index for long opportunities than for the Nasdaq or Russell 2000. Watch for a gap higher tomorrow and/or bullish strength beyond the first half-hour of trading. Stops go on a loss of today's lows. Should selling continue, any retracement that goes below 76% is likely to go all the way to June lows - although it's hard seeing bulls getting as good a setup as today's should today's lows be breached.
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