Yesterday Tech finally had some power as the market snapped back to some broken trend lines. What was perceived as a decent Spain debt auction and headlines of a positive U.S earnings helped propel the market higher. Add an impressive Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) bounce to the mix, and you had a recipe for strong gains.
At this point trading has been choppy with multiple divergences, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq are only about 2.5% off their highs. Only 4 of the IBD 50 are below their 50day moving average. So this corrective phase has been fairly muted as of yet.
Lots of market participants are asking, was that the correction? At this point some areas were hit harder than others, and timing entries and exits are still key. I’ve narrowed down my time frame and have been taking opportunities from the Long and Short side as I think this market still has a lot to prove. There’s no need to have “too much” exposure, but you can’t fight the tape either. This is not a time for opinions, just trade the action and read the tea leaves. It’s been working very well, using a tier system with high and low level stops have kept many safe and on the right side of the tape.
S&P futures are off a few handles this morning, but that makes sense after yesterday’s gains. How we digest those gains will give us insight to some future market direction. Do we hold top third of yesterday’s range, or the top half?
First support on the S&P stands at 1386-1388, which would be a high level to hold. This would keep some pent up bullish momentum in the tape (this would be impressive). The next level is 1378-1382, an area that needs to hold to keep a constructive stance (this area is more realistic). A close below this level and we will see more choppiness. More macro support are the two pivot lows at 1365 (from 04/16) and then 1357 from (4/10).
Resistance stands at yesterday’s high of 1392. The next area is 1397-1403, a very big area. A close above this would put some frustrated shorts on the run.
Seems like they bid up some of the stocks into earnings and then have been selling them on good/decent reports. Examples have been JP Morgan (NYSEArca:JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSEArca:GS), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), International Business Machines (NYSEArca:IBM) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).
Know your time frame and risk tolerance.
Here is my CNBC appearance from yesterday talking about AAPL.
Apple: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Tuesday, 17 April 2012 3:41 PM ET Discussing Apple’s comeback, with Robbert Van Batenburg, Louis Capital and Scott Redler, T3live.com, who both made gutsy calls on Apple just before the company’s breakdown Source: CNBC.com
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