Friday, May 25, 2007

Equity Index Update

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Brad Sullivan
Thursday May 24, 2007

The SPX index failed to close above the All-Time High close yesterday, and for the third consecutive session this index could not generate any “follow” buying. Accordingly, late selling has hit the market each session, pushing the index below its ATH close from March of 2000. The question on everybody’s mind is pretty simple…are we beginning to move into a resistance area that will hold prices down for the next few weeks?

On any technical measurement, the indices are clearly overbought – IN THE SHORT TERM. Consider the performance of the major indices from their respective March trading lows (seems so long ago doesn’t it?) to their recent highs. The DJIA is up about +12.8%, the Midcap 400 is up 11.5%, the SPX is up 11.2%, the NDX is up 9.9% and the Russell 2000 is higher by +8.8%. All of this taking place in about 9 trading weeks. That is a tremendous rally in both net change and velocity (measured in time). The odds are favoring a pause/contraction/slowing of this move. However, let’s keep in mind that ODDS only tell part of the story and if this is a stealth/blow off move to the upside there is plenty of room left in higher price zones.

As for today’s trade, the housing reading at 9:00cst should add some intraday volatility and the Durable Goods reading was able to push the SPM from -2.50 at 1523 to the current +0.50 at 1526. In addition, all eyes remain squarely focused on the holiday coming up this weekend as well as any happenings in China, where it appears that Mr.Greenspan does not have the same pull as he did several years ago. His overtly bearish comments on the Chinese market produced a settlement of -0.5% in their session…not exactly the earth shaking response one would anticipate.

Here are my levels for the SPM today…We are called to open within my key support zone from 1524 to 1526, I anticipate this zone to be the transitional area for a red light/green light type of session. Above it, is green light (buying) and below it is red light (selling). Above this zone we should hit resistance between the 1528.50 and 1530 area, followed by 1532.50 to 1534. The levels above 1528.50 have been probed for 3 consecutive sessions with yesterday’s action creating a new contract high…however, the failure to close any of these 3 sessions in positive territory has to be considered a NEGATIVE. Whether or not strong selling appears at LOWER pricing zones remains to be found, however, what should be important from a trading perspective is the ability to sell this market in the lower 1530’s for a move lower by the close of trading. In other words, we are not finding a boat of sellers at 1520 (assuming we get there) but we are finding them at 1533. It is the opposite of momentum, one in which a trader can sell higher highs and profit. Keep this thought in mind the next two sessions.

On the downside…below the opening support zone, 1522 to 1520 is CRITICAL support. If we move below this zone on a 30 minute closing basis it should create a trade towards the bottom end of the old resistance zone 1518.50-1515. That zone is now neutral/transition…below this is key support between 1512.50 and 1510. Barring an outlier news event, I see no reason to chase ‘em down below this level.

I have included a chart on the DJIA and its 200 day MA “extension.” We are holding at the highest levels since the start of 2006, but more importantly, the highest levels since the 1980’s. Is this a sell signal? Possibly, but remember this…in 1999 the NDX went to +51% above its 200 day MA.




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