Sunday, September 19, 2010

Index Trading

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side-way trading on the S&P 500 and DJI indexes and eight straight in a row positive trading sessions on the Nasdaq 100 index - this is what we have by the end of the week. There is quite different picture on other indexes. As an example, the Dow Jones Utilities (^DJU) index is already in the correction down since September 9, 2010.

Overall, we have not seen negative moves on main market indexes over the past week. However, the same as I mentioned in my few previous posts, I would say that intensity is growing.

Some points to consider, which I think are important.

  • The advance/decline issues and volume ratios are moving down on all three indexes (Nasdaq 100, DJI and S&P 500). On the DJI and S&P 500 indexes the advance/decline ratio is already negative. This indicator tells that the majority of stocks are already in decline. The indexes are not down because of the strong earnings reports and strong moves on some big companies (one company make 5% up and five companies make 1% down each - you have index flat).
  •  We had big bullish volume surges on many indexes over the past couple of trading sessions. The strongest bullish volume surges were noted in the insurance and internet market sectors. Such surges indicate that big institutional traders make a decision to fix profit at the top and sell big number of shares to greedy retail investors. Personally, I would stay away from the investing into insurance companies, especially by knowing that the Government is putting hand on the health insurance which will take away some profit from the insurance companies.
  •  Taking into account big bullish volume accumulation on many indexes over the past two weeks, the stock market could be considered overbought. The indexes (Nasdaq 100, S&P 500 and DJI) did not have any noticeable correction over the past two week.
  •  We have negative divergence on many technical indicators - when the price moves up and make new highs yet an indicator does not make new highs. As a rule this suggests changes in the stock market sentiment.
  •  All over the media you may hear positive news, like there are no negative news at all - this is a negative sign for me. I consider it like attempt to manipulate sentiment of small traders and make them buy while "big boys" (who invest big and who express opinion on news) are dumping.

Some positive signals

  • Longer-term volatility is down - this is a positive sign.

In summary, I would say that that technical analysis suggests that the market is predisposed to move down. Some indexes and market sectors are already in decline, yet, main market indexes are still at the top. My opinion is that we may face bearish trend, yet I could be wrong. If the market is predisposed to move down it does not necessary mean it will go down - we still may see side-way trading. A conservative trading strategy could be waiting for confirmation signals before investing.

P.S. Some interesting quote from the news - something negative that is not strongly highlighted in the media: "Regulators on Friday shut down three Georgia banks and one each in New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin, boosting to 125 the number of U.S. bank failures this year … The number of bank failures is expected to peak this year and be slightly higher than the 140 that fell in 2009. That was the highest annual tally since 1992, at the height of the savings and loan crisis. The 2009 failures cost the insurance fund more than $30 billion. Twenty-five banks failed in 2008, the year the financial crisis struck with force; only three succumbed in 2007."

1 comment:

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