Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nasdaq 100

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Last week in my "Advance/Decline" post on January 24, 2010 I have expressed my thoughts that taking into account volume and advance/decline indications on main indexes (S&P 500, DJI, Nasdaq 100) we could be closed to the bottom of the current correction. However, the past week was negative.

The Nasdaq 100 index was the main player who pushed the market down. The Financial Sector (see S&P Financials), Housing Sector (see PHLX Housing Index) and some other market sectors were flat. The S&P 500, DOW indexes (DJU, DJI, DJT) where flat the first half of the week yet slides by the end of the week under the pressure of the hi-tech companies from the Nasdaq 100 index.

You can hear in the media that the market is upset by the political balance, that Wall Street was worried about Bernanke re-election, that banks were upset by the proposal of the additional taxes, etc. I just do not buy it - those news are not the news that moves market.

Take a look at the Nasdaq 100, DJI and S&P 500 5-year chart. The Nasdaq 100 index during the 2008 stock market crash had smallest loss, there were no big volume surges during the stock market crash and the Nasdaq 100 had strongest recovery after the crash. What does it tell? It simply tells that the main panic was in the financial and transportation sectors. That is why S&P 500 and DJI crashed stronger. The big investors were desperately pulling money out from these two sectors - that is why we may see huge volume during the crash on the S&P 500 and DJI indexes. Big investors were not pulling funds out of the Nasdaq 100 companies - there were no huge volume surge in this sector during the stock market crash. In opposite the big investors were relocating funds from the transportation and financial sectors into hi-tech companies. That is why the Nasdaq 100, Nasdaq Biotechnology, Nasdaq Computer and Nasdaq Internet indexes completely recovered by the end of December 2009 from the 2008 stock market crash.

Now when the Hi-tech sector was at the top, the some of big investors started to take profit out. Does it mean we will see another strong down-trend? Not necessary, for this we need to have strong panic news like bubble in housing sector (2008), internet bubble (2000), etc. Yet, I think the period of the recovery rally on the Wall Street from the stock-market crash could be over and now we could see something like we saw in 2004-2006 - quiet up and down trading with positive or negative bios until somebody make a new bubble.

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