I have been looking at the major stock market indices closely lately for signs of a real rally. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap companies ticker IWM has shown rising support levels in an uptrend. There isn't confirmation of a new trend up yet but the setup is there. So many stocks are oversold near-term I see a bounce in the market as a likely scenario. If we don't bounce here there will just be a much bigger short-term rally in weeks to come. Here is the support area on the bottom yellow line for IWM. It's a pretty solid level that keeps getting support. There is also a downtrend breakout seen over the top diagonal yellow line. We are testing this level currently. It's roughly the same with SPY QQQ's.
You would think tech would need to be strong to see a market rally and it is making progress here. I put a bollinger band up on here and you can see when it breaks through either top or bottom the momentum continues awhile. I'd like to see it break over the red line also. That's been a key level. Let's see what it does next week.
The small-cap put to call ratio is showing historic signs of a bottom forming.
I noticed the energy sector is making multi-month highs. XLE has been very strong. My understanding is that crude oil is in a sweet spot for their margins. Still I wouldn't expect such a big move and if the market is going to rally a bit something has to lead right?
October 23, 2022
October 17, 2022
I posted on my trading blog DynamiteStocks.com about a potential major low taking place right now on the major indices. Here is a chart of SPY the S&P 500 ETF. The breakdown failure was of epic proportions and a top 10 percentage reversal from 52 week lows in history. The red day yesterday is now wiped out too as the market ripped all after hours session. I am not looking to get into any multi-day short positions at this time as I think this rally could get legs. In 2008 at market lows there was a fairly similar bear trap. It is too early to tell if this is a long term bottom but it has the makings of what could be. I remain neutral day to day to see how it plays out but this has my attention. Failed signals can be powerful chart signals.