Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The weak US dollar that has carried the DJIA to the 10,000 level is now turning up and it could take the DJIA back down to the 9000 level. The key support level to watch for the DJIA is 9250 (see the charts below).

Key support level for the SP500 is 1020 after it breaks the support near 1040.

Nasdaq is getting hit hard in the last couple trading sessions and the key support level for the Nasdaq 100 is around the 1650 area.

If these market indices break the key support level highlighted in this post, this pull back could turn into a reversal. I will not be a buyer on any bounce here.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Catalyst

Back in April when I first posted the possibility for oil to go to $75 a barrel , I stated I have no idea what will trigger it to that level. In April, I was purely interpreting the cup & handle chart formation and projected the measured move to the $75 level. But now, we all know the catalyst for the oil to move above and beyond this measured move of $75 a barrel. No, it’s not due to increase in demand for oil and it’s not the ‘green shoot’ crap those talking heads were preaching how the economy is recovering. It’s the printing of the US dollar that caused the price for commodities such as oil (and gold) to rise. As the dollar weakens, oil prices and other commodities prices started to rise. Now that oil has reached above $80 a barrel while the US economy is still in a recession, the manipulators will come out and push the price back to the $60 level where OPEC can live with and won’t cause dramatic price pressure for the US consumers. The present state of the US economy cannot withstand $80 or even $70 a barrel of oil for a sustained period without killing off the already weak US consumer spending.

Here is an intraday hourly chart of the ETF for the US dollar, UUP.

Prices have been creeping up and broke above the downward trendline. A divergence on the MACD is signaling a possible trend change. I believe the Fed will start hinting a possible rate hike in the near future to talk up the US dollar. The fear of this potential rate hike that could delay the US economy from recovering will put a temporary halt to the stock market rally, and the commodities trades based on weak US dollar will start to unwind and that will take the oil back below $60 and gold under $1000 an ounce. Take a look at the following charts for some of the key levels in the near term for oil, gold ETF:

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Something In The Air

Now that the Dow Jones Industrial has hit the 10,000 target, and the SP500 reached 1100, there seems to be something in the air that a change is coming for the market. What that change might be is the question to be answered. The DJIA is hitting major resistance in the 10,100 level, and the SP500 can’t seem to be able to move above 1100. From the daily price chart, the uptrend started in March appears to be intact. But looking at the intraday hourly price chart, the uptrend in the short term appears to be losing strength and starting to rollover toward lower support levels. The DJIA formed a triple top in the intraday chart and tested the 9940 for support numerous times since it failed to break above 10,120. One would make a case that the DJIA could be setting up to be range bounded between 9940-10,120 if it wasn’t for the divergence of the MACD, the rolling over of the 5 day moving average and the price is below the 5 day moving average. Instead, with these negative technical, the odds are in favor of a pullback to the 9780 level in the short term.

A similar trading pattern also appears in the SP500 intraday chart. The SP500 failed to break above the 1100 level and formed a double top. Since its attempts at breaking the 1100, it has retreated to test the 1075 for support and filled the October 14 opening gap. The price is currently below its 5 day moving average, and its 5 day moving average is trending down. The divergence from MACD along with the price level and the direction of the 5 day moving average put the odds in favor of lower prices in the short term. The nearest support level for the SP500 is the October 8 opening gap near 1058.

The Dow Jones Transportation index has been hitting the 4050 resistance for over a week and finally rolled over and broke below the 3850 support level. The next nearest support level is 3750. If the DJT is any indication of what’s to come for the DJIA and the SP500, then we should expect the DJIA and SP500 to break their support at 9940 and 1075 respectively.

While the Nasdaq 100 still appears to be trending higher, some of the closely watched tech stocks’ recent price behaviors put this uptrend in question. Its MACD is showing divergence, indicating a possible change in price trend. From the intraday hourly chart, the support level to watch is 1742. If it breaks below this level, next probable support is 1710.

From the intraday charts, they show the market could be pulling back in the near term. Whether this pull back turns into a reversal is anyone’s guess at this time. I mentioned in my last post that there seems to lack the enthusiasm when the DJIA hit the 10,000 target last week, and this lack of enthusiasm indicates very little sideline money was lured into the market. The market will not terminate this uptrend until most of these sideline money are in the market because the market will not give anyone the satisfaction that they have out maneuvered it.

There are only two possible ways to lure some of these sideline money into the market. One way is for the market to climb higher to force the skeptics to jump in fearing they might miss the rally once again. The second way is for the market to pull back to a lower level to give the skeptics the feeling they are getting in at a bargain price.

Whatever is in the air, I believe the latter is the most likely scenario to lure those sideline money into the market. How low the market will go to lure the sideline money in is one big question mark. The possibility of a reversal instead of a pull back is always in the card. So I will continue to be cautious, and if an extensive pull back materialize, I will start taking some short positions on this leg down.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Where's The Enthusiasm?

Today, October 14, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crosses 10,000 once again. For me, I just didn’t sense any excitement or enthusiasm from the market this time around. In previous times, there were enthusiasm and positive feelings from the market when it moves above this psychological level. This time, it just seems like “Ok, it moved above it, now what?” I sensed there are still a lot of hesitations for the sideline money to commit and move “all in.” This indicates the market will move higher until it reaches the level that will generate the enthusiasm to move these sideline money into the market. Where this level will be is not important. What is important is where the market might reach when this level has been crossed. The bull flag pattern formed by the DJIA and the SP500 back in July indicates the DJIA could potentially move up to the 10,500 and 1150 for the SP500. For the Nasdaq 100, the next major resistance seems to be in the 1970 range. The market has not shown any signs it is ready to reverse. Until the market indicate it is ready to head down, the measured move from the bull flag will be the key level to watch.

Below are the updated charts for the DJIA, SP500, and Nasdaq 100:

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guards Up

The DJIA, SP500 and Nasdaq 100 all bounced off the 50 SMA supports last week and approaching the September high. Next week third quarter earnings report will start and it is also option expiration week. Many stocks on my watch list are either near resistance level or hit resistance. Having the DJIA and SP500 getting near the 10,000 and 1,100 level respectively, I will be putting my guards up for the fakeouts that could take place for many stocks and indices. Once again, I am being very cautious on the long side, but not ready to take the short positions.

Here are the updated charts for the DJIA, SP500, and Nasdaq 100:

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Into The Zone

Today the three major market indices, DJIA, SP500, Nasdaq 100 have entered the region I have identified in my last post as the potential ‘bear trap’ zone. The reason I suspect this region could be a potential bear trap is the two possible support levels are part of this region, the 50 SMA and the trend line formed with the March and July 2009 lows. What makes this zone to be a likely bear trap is the Dow 10,000 target. The market has a tendency to be attracted to those targets that have been tossed into the ring. If you listen carefully, you can hear the market whispering that it wants to hit the 10,000 mark before it reverses. Just look back on how the market hit the $100 a barrel of oil, and the $1000 an ounce of gold target. Similar behavior will occur for the Dow on its way to hit 10,000. The bears will claim victory when the first attempt to reach the target by the early bulls fails. Then as the bears beat down the market as the first wave of bulls are exhausted, the sidelined bulls that missed the first upward move seize the opportunity to get in at a lower price, and this sideline money will move in swiftly into the market that will trap the bears and forced them to run for cover. The combined entry of the sideline money and the short coverings will propel the market to hit the target like a rocket taking off, straight up. Will this scenario come true? Nothing in the market is certain, but as a trader, one must have a theme or a scenario to trade with, and this is one of the scenarios I will be on the lookout for. When it occurs, I will be prepared to take advantage of the move. And if the scenario does not materialize, then I will be ready to take the other side of the trade.

Here is the SP500 chart from my last post:

Here is the latest SP500 chart along with the chart for the DJIA & Nasdaq 100:

Until the market breaks below the bear trap region and bounce off at some lower support level to find this bear trap region as resistance, I will continue to watch for the Dow to hit the 10,000 target and 1100 on the SP500.

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