Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Short Analysis

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I have missed my Sunday post, therefore I'm writing during the week. Coming back to my previous "S&P 500 Technical Analysis" post on September 20, 2009 I may say that since then we have had the market (Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and DJI indexes) moved as was predicted: sideway trading first (from September 21 until noon on September 23) and then a correction down.

Looking at the price movement it looks like the correction down is coming to the end – the indexes are moving up from their September 25 lows. However, taking a look at technical indicators I do not think that many traders see positive and promising signals. Right now my technical analysis on hourly charts shows following:

1. SBV (Selling Buying Volume) – bullish on the Nasdaq 100 and DJI and neutral on the S&P 500;
2. MVO (MarketVolume Oscillator) – the same as SBV bullish on the Nasdaq 100 and DJI and neutral on the S&P 500;
3. Advance/Decline Oscillator could be considered Bearish, yet close to the oversold levels on all main indexes (Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and DJI);
4. MACD is neutral by moving basically sideway;
5. RSI and Stochastics reading are mixed, yet, I would say that they are more Bearish than Bullish;
6. McClellan Oscillator started to decline, yet, it is still positive.

As you may see the technical analysis is mixed at this moment and may suggest recovery from the correction as well as further developing of a deeper correction. The main point that makes me worry, despite positive volume signals, is that volatility is increasing. You may see that ATR (Average True Range) and VIX index are climbing up and this is a bearish sign.

As a rule in case like we have now (mixed technical analysis results) a good decision could be waiting for more clear signals. Right now the indexes clearly defined the resistance line: for S&P 500 and DJI indexes high levels on September 17, 18, 22 and 23 and for Nasdaq 100 high on September 23. At the same time we may draw some support line that would go through September 25’s low. Furthermore, conservative way could be waiting for indexes breaking one of these lines and checking the technical analysis at that point.

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