S&P, Dow Confirm Head & Shoulders; Nasdaq Close To Confirming Double Top

It’s official.  I’ve been highlighting the possibility of a head and shoulders top confirmation on the Dow and S&P for several weeks and now we have confirmation of those formations as both broke through the neck lines this week.  While we’re oversold and could see a minor bounce, the momentum and trend is clearly down until proven otherwise. 

It’s interesting to see all the discussion about the head and shoulders formation on CNBC, who seem to be paying more attention to technical analysis.  Even Jim Cramer is turning to the dark side and displaying charts on his show.  It wasn’t long ago that charting was ridiculed and dismissed as voodoo by the mainstream media.

Let’s turn to the voodoo and take a look at the Nasdaq,

which appears to be on the verge of a technical break down as well.  A double top would be confirmed with a close below the 1750 level.  That would likely set it up for a move to the next level of support around 1665 which is the Jan 09 high and the breakout point of that big double bottom base.  Should we get a market bounce next week, look for a test of resistance around 1775 and if it can clear that, a test of 1800.


The S&P confirmed the head and shoulders top formation (outlined in black) this week but continues to hold support where the lows of the left shoulder and the 200 day moving average converge around 879.  Again, we are considerably oversold and could get a bit of a bounce soon, but trend is definitely down.  The confirmation of the head and shoulders top likely sets up the S&P for a move to the 800ish level before a new trend up can take place.


Same for the Dow – a confirmation of H&S top last week with clear resistance now between 8220 – 8250.  I’m looking for a test of the 7500ish area in the Dow before another major rally can begin.



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– Top 10 Performing Industries For the Week –

1. Internet Service Providers: 11.85%
2. Auto Parts Stores: 3.30%
3. Medical Practitioners: 2.90%
4. Hospitals: 2.05%
5. Grocery Stores:  2.00%
6. Banks – SE: 1.60%
7. Healthcare Plans: 1.60%
8. Tobacco Products: 1.30%
9. Rental & Leasing Services: 1.20%
10. REIT – Healthcare Facilities: 1.10%

– Top 10 Worst Performing Industries For the Week –

1. Nonmetallic Mineral Mining: -10.90%
2. General Contractors: -10.00%
3. Broadcasting – Radio: -9.75%
4. Silver: -9.70%
5. Heavy Construction: -9.10%
6. Farm & Construction Machinery: -7.70%
7. Cement: -7.70%
8. Recreational Goods: -7.40%
9. Steel & Iron: -7.40%
10. Gold: -7.10%

– Top 5 Best Performing ETFs For the Week –
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1. Claymore China Real Estate (TAO) 8.80%
2. India Fund (IFN) 5.20%
3. iShares Taiwan (EWT) 4.35%
4. iShares Hong Kong (EWH) 4.00%
5. SPDR Emerging Middle East & Africa (GAF) 3.85%

– Worst 5 Performing ETF’s –

1. SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration (XOP) -4.75%
2. Templeton Russia & E Europe (TRF) -4.60%
3. Claymore Global Solar (TAN) -4.60%
4. iShares Global Energy (IXC) -3.95%
5. iShares France (EWQ) -3.85%

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Tuesday: Goldman Sachs (GS), Intel (INTC), J&J (JNJ), Ocean Power Tech (OPTT)
Thursday: Google (GOOG), IBM (IBM) JP Morgan (JPM) 
Friday: Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), General Electric (GE)

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