Sunday, May 9, 2010


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When the market goes down it triggers stop-losses set by traders. The job of a broker is to close a position when stop-loss order is triggered. A broker does not have to close a trader's position at stop-loss price - a position should be closed at any available price. Still, under usual circumstances if a stop is hit a position is closed at stop-price. However, if a big number of stop-loss orders are hit in a short time span and brokers have to close position of many traders and sell billions of shares and there are no enough buyers for these shares than those shares crash down until they are price low enough to attract buyers to buy them. That is how market may suddenly crash and that what most likely happened on Thursday May 6, 2010.

Now from technical analysis prospective we have strongly oversold volume and advance/decline signals. You may see very strong bearish volume surges in all market sectors: in NYSE, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, DJI, etc. Actually, NYSE Composite trading volume on May 6, 2010 is the highest daily volume since October 10, 2008. At the same time you may see strongly oversold advance/decline readings on the NYSE Composite and S&P 500 indexes on May 6-7, 2010.

There is no doubt that the market has become strongly oversold during the recent crash down. There is enough oversold power to push indexes strongly higher and I would expect to see this move. However, majority technical indicators remain bearish indicating bearish mood among traders. In this case it could be good idea to wait at least for a few signals that would confirm a reversal. Personally I would be looking for decrease in volatility and change in the direction of the money flow.

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