Markets: Time To Be Nimble (EEV, SRS, IWM, SPY, DIA, QQQ)

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October 10, 2011 9:34am NYSE:EEV NYSE:SRS

Stocks ended Friday’s whipsaw session lower on mixed trade. In a reversal of Thursday’s action, high beta stocks led the market lower as the S&P MidCap 400 and the small-cap Russell 2000 (NYSE:IWM) shed 1.6%

and 2.6.% respectively. The tech rich Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) fell 1.1% while the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) slid 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSE:DIA) showed relative strength on the day as it only fell 0.2%.

Market internals were mixed for a third consecutive day. Volume slid on the Nasdaq by 6.9% but climbed on the NYSE by 3.3%. However, declining volume topped advancing volume by 4.0 to 1 on the NYSE and 3.0 to 1 on the Nasdaq. Friday’s middling internals point to a lack of institutional participation on the session. Still, the NYSE did close near session lows on higher volume suggesting that bears are still in control of the Big Board.

Via an intraday alert we entered a long position in the UltraShort Real Estate ProShares ETF (NYSE:SRS) after it undercut and reclaimed support of its 20-day EMA. Trade details are available to our subscribers in the open position segment of the newsletter.

In Friday’s newsletter we discussed the ProShares UltraShort MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSE:EEV) and stated, “The formation of a reversal candle would provide an ideal setup for a possible long entry in this inverse ETF“. On Friday EEV formed a reversal candle as it gapped down, undercut its 20-day EMA and reversed on a spike in volume to close near session highs. We are placing EEV on the watchlist. Trade details are available to our subscribing members in the watchlist section of the newsletter.

Despite our bearish leanings, last Tuesday’s market reversal has us on guard for a potential bullish follow through day in the market. We are prepared to take profits quickly in any short positions should the market put in an accumulation day anytime this week.

The commentary above is an abbreviated version of our daily ETF trading newsletter, The Wagner Daily. Subscribers to the full version receive specific ETF trade setups with detailed trigger, stop, and target prices, as well as daily updates on all open positions. Intraday Trade Alerts are also sent via e-mail and/or text message, on as-needed basis. For your free 1-month trial to the full version of The Wagner Daily, or to learn about our other services, please visit

Deron Wagner is the Founder and Head Portfolio Manager of Morpheus Trading Group, a capital management and trader education firm launched in 2001. Wagner is the author of the best-selling book, Trading ETFs: Gaining An Edge With Technical Analysis (Bloomberg Press, August 2008), and also appears in the popular DVD video, Sector Trading Strategies (Marketplace Books, June 2002). He is also co-author of both The Long-Term Day Trader (Career Press, April 2000) and The After-Hours Trader (McGraw Hill, August 2000). Past television appearances include CNBC, ABC, and Yahoo! FinanceVision. Wagner is a frequent guest speaker at various trading and financial conferences around the world, and can be reached by sending e-mail to: [email protected]

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