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Good Morning, this is Capital Essence’s Market Outlook (the technical analysis of financial markets) for Friday July 1, 2011.
We’ve noted in the previous Market Outlook that: “several key technical indicators suggest that the bulls are now holding the edge for a short-term correction rally bounce.” As anticipated, the better-than-expected Chicago PMI report, which reversed recent softening to hit 61.1, triggered another broad-based rally that sent the major indices up more than 1 percent in Thursday trading session. The Dow Jones industrial average added 153 points, or 1.25%, to close at 12,414. The S&P 500 gained 13 points, or 1.01%, to finish at 1,320. The NASDAQ added 33 points, or 1.21%, to finish at 2,772. The CBOE Volatility Index, a widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, fell 4.34% to close at 16.52.
Notably, shares of Cooper Companies Inc (COO) ascended to new multi-year high, up 3.22% on above the daily average volume to 79.24. This is bullish from a technical perspective. Below is an updated look at a trade in COO. The stock had been on tear in recent days and is in an interesting spot. Just so that you know, initially profiled in our May 26, 2011 “Swing Trader Bulletin” COO had gained about 8% and remained well position.
The graphics below are from our “U.S. Market ETF Trading Map”, which shows the near-term technical bias and trading ranges for COO and S&P 500 index. As shown, the underlying is in a short-term bullish trend when the price bars are painted in green. The underlying is in a short-term bearish trend when the price bars are painted in red. The yellow bars identify period of neutral or sideways trading pattern. Additionally, the light-blue shading represents the short-term trading range. A move above or below that range is considered overbought (as represents by the red shading) or oversold (as represents by the dark-green shading). Readings above or below the red and green shaded areas are considered extremely overbought or extremely oversold.
Chart 1.1 – Cooper Companies Inc (daily)
Looking at the one-year daily chart of COO we can see that, the stock has been running into an intact uptrend channel since reaching the interim low in May 2010. With an exception of a brief pullback in November 2010, Money Flow measure had held firmly above the zero line, indicating there was little selling interest.
Thursday upside breakout had helped clear resistance at the June high, signaled a resumption of the major upswing. Momentum indicator also shifted higher from near oversold territory, allowing additional upside probing. This is bullish an increased the probability for a rapid advance toward the upper edge of the one-year rising trend channel, near 84. That level roughly corresponds with the all-time high set in early 2005.
Support is at the trend channel moving average (as represents by the white line in the chart) currently at 74.79. A close below it will turn the short-term trend down and bring the bottom of its short-term trading range into view.
Chart 1.2 – S&P 500 index (daily).
Key technical development in Thursday trading session was a breakout above the May falling trend line resistance, suggesting the S&P 500 index may have switched to a rising trend. Money Flow measure had trended higher from above the zero line, indicating an increase in buying pressure. This is bullish and increased the probability for a run toward the range top resistance near 1370.
Buyers however, must be mindful that momentum indicator is now indicating an overbought situation. While overbought condition is normal during long-term uptrend, it normally marks a short-term top. So, it should not be surprising to see some short-term consolidations prior to the new upswing. Support is at recent breakout point near 1300. Pullback that respects this support is bullish and should consider as buying opportunity.
In summary, our near-term work on price pattern and momentum suggested that the S&P 500 index could be in an early stage of a new upswing that targeting the range top resistance near 1370. The index however, is now short-term overbought following recent advance. This may put a cap on present rally. So, we’d wait for at least a short-term consolidation before putting more money to work.
(By：Michelle Mai for Capital Essence)
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