Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sideway Trading

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The indexes have been trading side-way since November 16, 2009. If you take a look at the Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial charts you will see that since November 16, 2009 the main swing happened at the market open and majority of the time the indexes were traded side-way and basically they are at the same level were they three weeks ago.

The sentiment on the stock market becomes more intense. Second time since November 16, 2009 we may see increase in volatility which is not a very positive sing. The last trading session on Friday December 4, 2009 was quite contradictive - very volatile and on high volume - on lower time-frame index charts we may see bullish signals and on higher time-frames charts we may see bearish signals.

I would not say that the technical analysis is bearish at this moment. Majority of technical indicator are bearish at and taking into account an increase in volatility the one could say that the odds of the developing a strong correction are quite high. On the other hand, over the last weeks we saw very sudden changes in the sentiment when at the market close the indicators were bullish and on the next trading day at the opening the market was deeply down or indicators were bearish at the market close and on the next trading day at the open the market was strongly up.

Overall, I would say (strictly my opinion) that the bullish indications on intraday index charts are not letting me to trade short. At the same time bearish signals on higher time-frames make me scary to be in a long trade. In general, I would expect to see strong correction down, yet, intraday Friday’s strong bullish signals are somehow unexpected and do not fit in the general picture of the sentiment. Furthermore, I would stay in cash for a while. I think the coming week could be very interesting and define the trend. I consider that it is better to make less profit than go into a gambling.

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