Please Note: Blog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors.

Stocks Labor to Find Support: (EWY) - September 6, 2011

|Includes:iShares MSCI Mexico Capped ETF (EWW), EWY
MTG logo

The Wagner Daily - September 6, 2011
Concise technical analysis and picks of the leading global ETFs


Stocks took a beating on Friday but on lighter pre-holiday trade. All five indices closed in the red as stocks struggled from the opening bell. Both the small-cap Russell 2000 and the S&P MidCap 400 plunged a whopping 3.6%. The Nasdaq slid 2.6% while the S&P 500 fared fractionally better as it posted a 2.5% loss. The Dow Jones Industrial average fell by 2.2%.

In a follow up to Thursday's action, market internals ended mixed. Volume dropped by 9.7% on the Nasdaq and 6.3% on the NYSE. However the ratio of declining volume to advancing volume provided a bearish signal as it ended the day at 21.8 to 1 on the Big Board and 13.1 to 1 on the Nasdaq. Although the market was spared a distribution day as a result of the mixed internals, the bearish price action has placed an already weak market under even more pressure.

In Friday's newsletter we discussed the iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Market Index ETF (NYSEARCA:EWW) and stated that it was a possible short setup below the September 1st low. On Friday EWW gapped below this low and found support at the 20-day EMA. A volume assisted move below the 20-day EMA could provide a shorting opportunity in this ETF.

On Friday the iShares MSCI South Korea Index ETF (NYSEARCA:EWY) lost support of its 20-day EMA but found support at the gap formed on August 29th. A move below Friday's low of $54.47 should result in further downside for this ETF.

As of this writing stocks in Europe have gotten blasted as markets in Asia are also getting hit hard. For the moment it appears as if the US markets will open considerably lower. Consequently most if not all potential setups will be nullified. If the market does gap down at the open we will likely be looking to cover our open positions into this move.

Friday's market action gave all the signs of a distribution day despite the lighter volume. However, the lower trade could be expected coming into summer's last hoorah. It was most certainly a follow through day for the broad market. Nonetheless, lighter volume across the board for two consecutive days suggests that buyers could step in at any time. For the current selloff to gain more credibility, we would want to see a follow through day on increasing volume. Be prepared for major volatility this week.

The commentary above is an abbreviated version of our daily ETF trading newsletter, The Wagner Daily. Subscribers to the full version receive specific ETF trade setups with detailed trigger, stop, and target prices, as well as daily updates on all open positions. Intraday Trade Alerts are also sent via e-mail and/or text message, on as-needed basis. For your free 1-month trial to the full version of The Wagner Daily, or to learn about our other services, please visit

Deron Wagner is the Founder and Head Portfolio Manager of Morpheus Trading Group, a capital management and trader education firm launched in 2001. Wagner is the author of the best-selling book, Trading ETFs: Gaining An Edge With Technical Analysis (Bloomberg Press, August 2008), and also appears in the popular DVD video, Sector Trading Strategies (Marketplace Books, June 2002). He is also co-author of both The Long-Term Day Trader (Career Press, April 2000) and The After-Hours Trader (McGraw Hill, August 2000). Past television appearances include CNBC, ABC, and Yahoo! FinanceVision. Wagner is a frequent guest speaker at various trading and financial conferences around the world, and can be reached by sending e-mail to:

DISCLAIMER: There is a risk for substantial losses trading securities and commodities. This material is for information purposes only and should not be construed as an offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities. Morpheus Trading, LLC (hereinafter "The Company") is not a licensed broker, broker-dealer, market maker, investment banker, investment advisor, analyst or underwriter. This discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A stock's actual results could differ materially from descriptions given. The companies discussed in this report have not approved any statements made by The Company. Please consult a broker or financial planner before purchasing or selling any securities discussed in The Wagner Daily (hereinafter "The Newsletter"). The Company has not been compensated by any of the companies listed herein, or by their affiliates, agents, officers or employees for the preparation and distribution of any materials in The Newsletter. The Company and/or its affiliates, officers, directors and employees may or may not buy, sell or have positions in the securities discussed in The Newsletter and may profit in the event the shares of the companies discussed in The Newsletter rise or fall in value. Past performance never guarantees future results.

Charts created by TradeStation (

© 2002-2010 Morpheus Trading, LLC
Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.
Stocks: EWW, EWY