Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

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Since the last update, indices got their bounce but the last couple of days have seen these gains gradually erased. Over the course of the week, the entire bounce has the look of ‘bear flags’ as part of a larger measured move lower. Should this emerge, the indices will be close to offering the long-term ‘buy’ signals I track in the tables below.

For the S&P 500, the measured move target is 2,585. This comes on a day of higher volume distribution with an acceleration of On-Balance-Volume lower and other technicals net bearish. However, relative performance is accelerating higher (vs Small Caps) and the index is clinging on to its 200-day MA

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

S&P 500

The Dow Jones Index ‘bear flag’ has emerged off a bounce in the 200-day MA. Bulls have the best chance to defend the moving average and relative performance is good too.

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

Dow Jones Index

Tech indices also managed to regain their 200-day MAs and enjoy relative performance advantages in small caps.

For the Nasdaq 100, the measured move target is 6,400-6,500, which is close to the May swing low.

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

Nasdaq 100

It was a slightly different story for the Nasdaq, which is one of the indices struggling to keep its 200-day MA. The ‘bear flag’ target is 6,840, which is good for a 10% loss against the 200-day MA and just shy of an investor ‘buy’ signal.

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

Nasdaq 100

The Semiconductor Index is most damaged with all lead moving averages rolling over and the bounce off May lows (remember, the current projected target for the Nasdaq 100) is struggling. The measured move target is 1,125, which doesn’t really have a natural support level to lean on (early price congestion in 2017 at best) but 750s is the main congestion zone – a long (long) way away.

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

Semiconductor Index

The ‘bear flag’ in the Russell 2000 has the most bearish momentum leading into it. Shorts will pounce if the ‘bear flag’ breaks, setting up a measured move to 1,390. Technicals are all horrible, even ROC has dropped below 0 after months of comfortable existence.

Bear Flags Take Shape In Indices

Russell 2000

For Friday, shorts will focus on Russell 2000, Nasdaq and maybe the Semiconductor Index but no index will be safe from their actions.

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