Monday, March 1, 2010

Money Flow

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I mentioned a week ago in the "Advance/Decline" post on February 22, 2010 "... when you take a look at lower time-frames, you may notice that many indicators are overbought in short-term, by signalizing a possibility of some retracement, at least in a short-term. The stock market (majority of indexes) right now is in the range of its side-way trading where it was in period from November 10, 2009 until December 18, 2009 This is another factor that may suggest a possibility of staking in this range for a while...". In the past week we have seen exactly this scenario when the indexes (S&P 500, DJI and Nasdaq 100) stuck in side-way trading. One day we saw indexes dropping down and the next day the strong recovery moved them back to the November-December 2009 highs. Then, we had another day of strong decline followed by another strong recovery. At the end of the week the indexes are almost back at the November-December 2009 highs

Now, after a week of volatile trading, I think a correct question for technical analysis would be to ask if the longer-term indicators (that were bullish last week) are still bullish enough to push the indexes higher toward the next possible "pit-stop". Another question regarding shorter-term technical indicators would be to check if those ones that were overbought in short-term last week are still overbought.

From technical analysis prospective, by taking a look at the longer-term index charts (1- and 2-year S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and DJI charts) I would say the same I said a week ago. The January's decline was pretty strong and during that decline we had very strong bearish volume surges and extremely negative advance/decline readings. If you check money flow (Chaikin Money Flow, Money Flow Index or SBV) during that decline you may see that the stock market was strongly oversold during that time and accumulated oversold power still has not been released completely. Because of that, I would continue assuming that the odds are still good for further recovery towards January, 2010 highs.

Taking a look at shorter time-frame charts, I would not say that the technical indicators are overbought as they were overbought a week ago. Majority of technical indicators on the 60-day chart are slightly bullish or neutral by suggesting possibility from flat to rising markets. However, you should remember that shorter-term outlook may change any time during a trading session on any day. Furthermore, I would recommend monitoring the shorter-term charts for changes in a sentiment during the trading hours.

Overall, I would say that results of my technical analysis are still Bullish and I see good odds of market moving higher. On the other hand, there is a possibility of volatile side-way trading in the same range the stock market is now. In November-December 2009 the indexes (NASDAQ 100, DJI and S&P 500) have been in side-way action for a month. Now, they have being moving side-way at the same levels for a week only. So, there are still some odds we may see further side-way move.

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