NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) suffered today, kicking off the holiday-shortened week on a negative note

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) suffered today, kicking off the holiday-shortened week on a negative note

NASDAQ Composite (.IXIC) suffered today, kicking off the holiday-shortened week on a negative note

U.S. markets suffered today, kicking off the holiday-shortened week on a negative note. The Dow and S&P 500 closed lower on the back of disappointing big bank earnings from the likes of Goldman Sachs ( GS ) and Citigroup ( C ), while the Nasdaq joined its peers in the red. Looking ahead, investors are eyeing another round of notable earnings releases tomorrow, and a potential update on U.S.-China trade talks following Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s comment that the two are “getting very close” to a deal.

Overall, the bias in prices is: Upwards.

Note: this chart shows extraordinary price action to the upside.

The projected upper bound is: 8,158.74.

The projected lower bound is: 7,821.77.

The projected closing price is: 7,990.25.

Candlesticks

A black body occurred (because prices closed lower than they opened).
During the past 10 bars, there have been 6 white candles and 4 black candles for a net of 2 white candles. During the past 50 bars, there have been 29 white candles and 21 black candles for a net of 8 white candles.

An engulfing bearish line occurred (where a black candle’s real body completely contains the previous white candle’s real body). The engulfing bearish pattern is bearish during an uptrend (which appears to be the case with NASDAQ COMPOSITE). It then signifies that the momentum may be shifting from the bulls to the bears.

If the engulfing bearish pattern occurs during a downtrend, it may be a last engulfing bottom which indicates a bullish reversal. The test to see if this is the case is if the next candle closes above the bottom the current (black) candle’s real body.

A long lower shadow occurred. This is typically a bullish signal (particularly when it occurs near a low price level, at a support level, or when the security is oversold).

Momentum Indicators

Momentum is a general term used to describe the speed at which prices move over a given time period. Generally, changes in momentum tend to lead to changes in prices. This expert shows the current values of four popular momentum indicators.

Stochastic Oscillator

One method of interpreting the Stochastic Oscillator is looking for overbought areas (above 80) and oversold areas (below 20). The Stochastic Oscillator is 80.9964. This is an overbought reading. However, a signal is not generated until the Oscillator crosses below 80 The last signal was a sell 2 period(s) ago.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The RSI shows overbought (above 70) and oversold (below 30) areas. The current value of the RSI is 68.17. This is not a topping or bottoming area. A buy or sell signal is generated when the RSI moves out of an overbought/oversold area. The last signal was a sell 4 period(s) ago.

Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

The CCI shows overbought (above 100) and oversold (below -100) areas. The current value of the CCI is 76. This is not a topping or bottoming area. The last signal was a sell 4 period(s) ago.

MACD

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence indicator (MACD) gives signals when it crosses its 9 period signal line. The last signal was a buy 9 period(s) ago.

Rex Takasugi – TD Profile

NASDAQ COMPOSITE closed down -8.152 at 7,976.012. Volume was 27% below average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 24% narrower than normal.

Open High Low Close Volume___
7,987.1597,993.3287,933.5657,976.012 439,602,464

Technical Outlook
Short Term: Overbought
Intermediate Term: Bullish
Long Term: Bullish

Moving Averages: 10-period 50-period 200-period
Close: 7,930.97 7,625.26 7,503.82
Volatility: 7 14 25
Volume: 504,898,432 572,418,624 572,190,848

Short-term traders should pay closer attention to buy/sell arrows while intermediate/long-term traders should place greater emphasis on the Bullish or Bearish trend reflected in the lower ribbon.

Summary

NASDAQ COMPOSITE is currently 6.3% above its 200-period moving average and is in an upward trend. Volatility is low as compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. Our volume indicators reflect moderate flows of volume into .IXIC (mildly bullish). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bullish on .IXIC and have had this outlook for the last 66 periods.

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