Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Looks like the financials led the market. Down. As much as traders want to be all gung-ho long and everything, it's important to keep an eye on the weakest sector. Take a look at C, JPM, WFC, BAC, and many smaller names. They all broke their uptrends. C, especially, formed a breakaway gap down on large volume. These types of gaps make it extremely difficult for a stock to recover in the short and intermediate-term.

So, what's been doing fairly well long-term? The utilities, because they haven't been going anywhere. Other sectors such as the materials, industrials, consumer disc. & staples, among others, are threatening to break down. Yesterday, I mentioned that the market cannot rally without the financials. This remains true. The overall health of the market depends on this sector. In addition, we started making more new lows than highs. The $NYHL and $NAHL are negative once again.

As for index breakdowns, the DJIA is leading the decline, followed by the SPY, R2K, and the COMP. The important matter is how the market is churning at the 50-day MA. This has been going on for over a month now without much progress at this key intermediate support level. Usually, you want to see the market use the 50-day MA as a "springboard" to propel itself higher. It is presently not the case.

We still have one major support level at 855 to clear before we start a multi-day decline. The focus continues to be on the financials, especially C (and JPM on the 15th). The trend is intact until it isn't. The financials have broken their trend and it appears that the market will follow for now.

SPX Initial Support: 860
Resistance: 20-day @ 892
Resistance: 30-day @ 885
Resistance: 50-day @ 882

Also, take a look at the VIX. It broke out via breakaway gap up:

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