Seasonal light trading clouded what was a tumultuous week for the indices. What few traders were playing the market this week did so on a background of fear. Had selling volume been higher it would have been a troublesome end-of-week, but this may still be nothing more than a pullback.
Breadth wasn’t extensively damaged by the selling. The Percentage of Nasdaq Stocks above the 50-day MA remained net bullish, at 53% stocks holding above this key moving average – down from 65%.
The Nasdaq Bullish Percents actually scraped another 1% gain. It too finished the week with 54% of stocks on point-n-figure ‘buy’ signal.
The Nasdaq Summation Index turned net bullish technically, despite closing the week lower.
So market breadth isn’t so bearish as last week’s losses suggest. The Nasdaq is in range bound territory, and could take a 100 point hit and not lose its longer based bull trend.
The Russell 2000 probably has another week of losses to digest before buyers step in. A backtest of declining resistance, turned support, will offer a point for a low risk entry opportunity. The end-of-week close also saw a MACD trigger ‘buy’.
The S&P finished at the first line of defense for bulls on the weekly timeframe. Next week will give a better idea as to how it – and therefore comparable support for the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 – will play out for the start of 2013.
Friday’s selling does suggest it could be another rough day Monday, but by the time 2013 rolls in, there may be opportunity for a new long side trade.
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