Wednesday, 5th October, 2022
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1/ From Failed Moves Come Fast Moves
The past few months have been characterized by failed moves and messy price action for stocks. This is standard behavior in a sideways, or trendless market like the one equities have experienced in recent months.
This chart stands out for a handful of reasons. First, the support level that IBUY is hooking higher from represents a clear and well-tested level of interest. Prices found a floor here on five separate occasions during the spring and summer months, before undercutting these pivot lows late last month.
As for momentum, markets barely became oversold on the failed move and are now seeing a multi-month bullish divergence confirm itself as IBUY reclaims its support. If these moves hold up over the coming days, the squeeze could be on for IBUY and related indexes. As the saying goes, “from failed moves come fast moves in the opposite direction.”
2/ A Big Thrust for Small Caps
With the exception of the pandemic lows of early 2020, we’d have to go all the way back to 2011 to find a two-day stretch as favorable as Monday and Tuesday.
Short-term breadth thrusts like these mean little without confirmation. Not only do we need price to confirm the action, we need additional longer-term breadth thrusts to follow and validate the current one.
Back in June and July, markets experienced some tactical thrusts, but no decisive follow-through. Now that stocks have fallen back down to their June lows, it looks as if bulls are giving it another go. This week’s price action is a good start.
3/ Capital Markets Catch Support
From a structural standpoint, few things are more important than the prior-cycle highs.
KCE bounced off a shelf of former resistance at the current level earlier this summer. With prices now back at this critical polarity zone, buyers are digging in and defending the 2007 highs once again.
Bulls would like to see this group catch higher, as it contains some of the strongest stocks in the financial sector. If KCE fails to hold this level and violates its pre-financial crisis highs, the structural trend will be broken. Under this scenario, we could expect other economically-sensitive groups to lose key support levels as well.
4/ Momentum Remains Bullish for DXY
One of our favorites is the Relative Strength Index (RSI), developed by J. Welles Wilder Jr. In our models, we use the original 14-period calculation method. RSI is best applied through the study of bullish and bearish momentum regimes, or ranges.
The chart of the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) below confirms a strong uptrend for the dollar, with no signs of abating.
The strong uptrend in the dollar this year has been accompanied by a bullish momentum regime, indicated by momentum readings above 70, as seen in the lower pane.
If and when the U.S. dollar rally begins to lose steam and roll over, the first clear indication could be a 14-day RSI print below 40. Any throwback action in the dollar without a breakdown in momentum could be viewed as corrective action within an ongoing uptrend.
Originally posted 5th October, 2022
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