Sunday, October 10, 2010

S&P 500 Chart

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Another mixed week. The S&P 500 and DJI indexes moved higher while the Nasdaq 100 moved in side-way trend in which this index has been since September 24, 2010 (right now only a few points higher). The S&P 500 an DJI indexes were mostly traded side-way (since September 24 as well) with exception of the strong rally on October 5, 2010. Currently, the Nasdaq 100 index moves at its high levels seen in April 2010. The S&P 500 and DJI indexes are still 2-3% below their April's highs.

Below I have posted daily chart (1 bar = 1 hour) of the S&P 500 index with plotted Nasdaq 100 index (orange line).

Chart #1: The S&P 500 daily chart with elements of technical analysisS&P 500 chart - October 2010

The technical analysis on the chart above is applied to the S&P 500 index. The DJI daily chart would give quite similar picture. The Nasdaq 100 daily chart would be slightly different , with a little bit more bearish sentiment.

By summarizing the indicators above I may say that the longer-term positive divergence on the SBV and advance/decline oscillator is a good sign from the longer-term prospective. However, there are several negative signals at the current moment:

 - the SBV is still at high positive levels and is moving sideway. Even bullish volume accumulation could be considered quite strong and would indicate oversold index's condition, the Money Flow is still positive on the S&P 500 and DJI (not on the Nasdaq 100). Until we have positive money flow there are always will be good odds of up-move

 - Advance/decline volume and issues ratios and McClellan Oscillator are moving sideway after being at high levels. This suggests that if in September we had traders buying advancing stocks then, right now, there are not as many traders focused on the positive stocks as before. The number of traders focused on the declining stocks is about the same as the number of traders that are trading rising stocks. This shift from trading positive stocks suggest that many traders switch into bearish mood and if this tendency continue we may see more traders in bearish mood.

- We have a signal on the MVO. This suggests an increase in bullish volume (bullish volume surge). As a rule such increase in volume during price advance may lead to the shift in supply demand balance (when power of buyers become existed) with further reversal down. However, if you scroll the history you will see that usually reversal occurs when MVO returns to zero.

- The biggest concern on my view is an increase in volatility. The volatility is up since its low readings in the middle of September 2010. This is not normal. I have not see a lot of periods in the history when indexes moved up on rising volatility. The volatility is not too big to be considered strongly bearish, however the fact that is up from its low readings suggests nervous and uncertain trading, which is usually seen during down-moves.

Overall, I would say the the indexes could be considered predisposed to move down and we already may see some bearish signals. Which is logical when the indexes are at their Aprils highs. After a month of positive trading we may expect quite strong reversal. However, until wee see some negative money flow it could be too risky to play on it. If correction down meant to bee strong then there is no need to play at the top. More conservative approach would be wait for conformational signals and ply confirmed trend.

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