Thursday, March 17, 2011
Stock Rally Looks Corrective, Downtrend Still Intact; Euro Finishing Triangle
Looking at the internals of today’s action it helps me answer the question I had all day: was today’s rally a correction within a larger downtrend, or did a bottom just get put in and a rally to new highs on the year coming? Looking at the internals it’s clear that today’s action fits much more with a correction than a bottom and reversal. Today’s volume was 1.04 billion NYSE shares compared to yesterday’s down day volume of 1.13 billion shares, and Tuesday’s 1.28 billion shares suggesting much less enthusiasm to the upside than downside. Also, today only had 1,392 more advancers than decliners on the NYSE and 316 more on the S&P, which are much less numbers than we’ve seen on down days the past few weeks. So these are not stellar numbers for such a big rally after a downtrend that’s lasted several weeks. Also note that the Nasdaq Composite closed with only about half of the percentage gains as the S&P and Dow indices. I know Japan is playing a big role in tech’s lagging here, but just looking at this from a technical analysis standpoint, the technology sector’s lagging is often viewed as bearish since higher risk stocks often lead the overall market (note that the Nasdaq 100 which is all technology stocks fared a little better than the Composite at 1.01% gains today).
So looking at these internals now, today’s rally is probably just a correction, and that a resumption of the downtrend to new lows is imminent. Of course, that may change with robust internals tomorrow or later on, but as it stands right now the larger downtrend is still well intact. The bulls took down no key levels, nor did it break the downtrend in price action, and the internals today were far from stellar.
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The euro has continued its rally, as well as kicking me in the pants, as I was stopped out again last night on my short trade. I see no signs of a top right now so I’m neutral in the short term. It appears a triangle might be forming now as part of a 4th wave. So a sharp thrust higher to a new high and then reversal would then be in order in the Asian and European sessions tonight. Doing so might signal a longer term top and reversal, so I’ll be watching the action closely tomorrow morning to try and attempt another short position. Since I’m long term bearish the euro, I’m only looking for shorting opportunities right now.
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