Sunday, September 12, 2010

Volatility Down

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As I mentioned in my previous post ("Trading Strategy" post on September 5, 2010): "it is still difficult for me to believe in strong recovery (Yet, I could be wrong). Because of that I would not be playing long at this moment. At the same time there are no bearish signals and because of that I would not be playing short either" - the past week has gone mostly under side-way pattern with some positive bios.

By taking look at technical indicators, I may say that majority of them continue to be bullish and suggest possibility of further development of up-move. However on many technical indicators you may notice negative divergence - when price makes new high, yet an indicator does not makes new highs. Such divergence in technical analysis usually signals change in the sentiment with possible reversal in the near future.

Another point worth mentioning is that the volatility has dropped over the past week. While volatility still remains high on daily charts (1 bar = 1 day and higher time-frames), on lower time-frame charts (hourly charts and lower) we may see substantial drop in volatility. Overall this could be considered as a positive sign. At the same time sharp drop in volatility (also known as "the Squeeze") could be nicely seen on Bollinger bandwidth on hourly chart. Such Squeezes to the volatility lowest levels are usually noted before strong and sharp moves.

The third point I would like to drag your attention to is that the indexes (S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and DJI) came close to the resistance levels seen in the middle of January 2010, in the middle of June 2010 and at the beginning of August 2010. No doubt that this level is sensitive to mid- and long-term traders and mostly their sentiment would define the further trend.

Overall, I would say that we may see some strong moves in coming days. Because of the negative divergence and overbought indications on the shorter-term charts, I would expect to see some correctional move down. Since we do not see strongly overbought indications on the longer-term charts, it is difficult to say at this point of time whether this correction (if it occurs) could grow into stronger down-move.

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