The Wagner Daily - January 20, 2011
Concise technical analysis and picks of the leading global ETFs
Wednesday was a very difficult day for the market. With the exception of the Dow, the major indices took a pounding and closed near the lows of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to close near the middle of its trading range, as it shed a modest 0.1% yesterday. The other four indices finished down by one percent or more. The S&P 500 was the best of the rest, as it fell 1.0%. The Nasdaq, S&P MidCap 400 and the small-cap Russell 2000 plummeted 1.5%, 1.7% and 2.5% respectively. Over 400 stocks finished the session lower by 4% or more.
Market internals ended the day mixed, but the day's action was markedly negative. Turnover rose by 5% on the Nasdaq, while it fell by 6% on the NYSE. Declining volume overwhelmed advancing volume on both indices. The ratio of down to up volume was 9 to 1 on the NYSE and 6 to 1 on the Nasdaq. Despite the drop in volume on the NYSE, Wednesday would be properly categorized as a distribution day for the market.
The iShares MSCI South Africa Index ETF (NYSEARCA:EZA) sliced through support on Wednesday on a big spike in volume. A move below yesterday's low may provide a shorting opportunity in this ETF. Yesterday's low coincides closely with the 20-week MA. A volume fueled move below this key support level could result in a drop to the 200-day MA.
In Wednesday's action, The Guggenheim China Small Cap Index (NYSEARCA:HAO) tested support at the seven day low ($30.60), but managed to hold this key mark. Since November, this ETF has been setting a sequence of lower highs and lower lows. A move below yesterday's low of $30.53 could provide a short entry trigger for HAO. We will be monitoring HAO closely for a possible short entry.
Given the abrupt move in the market yesterday, we have tightened the stops on all of our positions. Most trade setups that we have been following were nullified by Wednesday's bearish reversal. Caution is warranted due to Wednesday's negative market action.
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: email@example.com.
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