After analysing multiple charts this past weekend, the picture is not pretty.
Major indices have traded into resistance and are ending their recent short term uptrends, accompanied by bearish candlestick patterns and negative divergences in some indicators.
On Friday, SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ) broke and closed below their 20-day simple moving averages accompanied by heavy volume.
Negative divergences present in many indicators include the RSI and MACD on weekly and daily time frames.
The break of these moving averages signal an end to the minor uptrend, yet does not necessarily indicate a downtrend as sideways is a possibility.
The Russell 2000 Index, however, is suggesting an extremely bearish outlook.
On January 26th, I commented on the potential broadening top formation in the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM). To reiterate, IWM recently broke it’s intermediate up trend line. Moreover, an extremely rare and bearish price pattern may be forming called a broadening top formation, or megaphone. In this pattern, the price continuously makes higher highs and lower lows between two diverging trend lines. Volume during a broadening formation usually runs high and the pattern resembles a market that is out of control and lacks leadership from smart money. When this type of pattern triggers (can be seen in SPY right before the “flash crash”), the resulting down move is fast and furious.
Chart 1: IWM: Highlights a bearish candlestick pattern within the larger broadening top formation, that can be used to minimize ones risk if initiating a short position. Trigger: aggressive: initiate at these levels, preferably on a bounce, conservative: confirmed break of the lower boundary line, which will possibly coincide with a break of the 50 day sma. Stop: can be triggered on a daily close above the highs of the candlestick pattern, at $79.67.
Photo: Zev Spiro
Chart 2: Highlights a bearish candlestick reversal pattern in SPY, that also occurred with a break and close below the 20 day SMA. With a bearish outlook for the markets led by the IWM, one could short SPY here with stops above the recent highs. Trigger: aggressive: initiate at these levels. conservative: initiate on a confirmed move below the rising intermediate trendline. Stop: Close above the recent highs, at $130.35.
Photo: Zev Spiro
Over the past two weeks, in my market letter, I outlined several short trade ideas in different names. Among some of them are Dril-Quip, Inc. (DRQ), Williams Sonoma Inc. (WSM), Interoil Corp (IOC) and Deckers Outdoor Corp. (DECK). Many of these names, after triggering, have bounced and are offering another entry opportunity close to resistance.
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