Today's internals show a kink in the armor in the beloved bulls rally. Today the sellers dominated internally as you can see from the NYSE and S&P data above, although price didn't reflect it very well as they only closed modestly down for the day. What's good to see for the bears is the slight uptick in volume with today's reversal down day. Shares finally broke above the 1 billion share mark on the NYSE which has been a very difficult task for the bulls to do, but all too common for the bears to do. This is a very bearish sign in my view.
ELLIOTT WAVE PRINCIPLE
EWI Tutorial, Section 5.1). Wave C of Y fell about 1 point shy of hitting the key 61.8% fibonacci retracement level at 1150 before sharply reversing today. This could be a very bearish development, and looking at the other evidence accompanying the reversal today, it looks promising. If not, the market may try to charge higher toward the 78% fibo retracement level around the 1180 area.
First you can see that the XLF is the only one that has not been able to exceed its August high. Also notice on this 4hr chart there's a nice reversal bar formed at the end of the day. You can see that it made a new high above the previous bar, and then reversed to close beneath the previous bar's intraday low. That produces bearish implications for the financial sector in the coming days if that bar's high holds at 14.91. Also notice the MACD histogram is "squeezing" down, signaling a cross down in the moving averages is coming. And when you combine that with the other two things I just mentioned, it doesn't look good for the XLF in the coming days. And a falling financial sector probably means a falling stock market.
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RISK IS FINALLY PULLING BACK
So the setup is nice again for the bears to come in and takeover this market. If the market hasn't topped today, it should do so very soon. 1180 should provide strong resistance if the market finds a way to chug higher.
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