Thursday, January 19, 2012

NASDAQ 100 closes at an 11 year high; GOOG closes down big in after-hours trading

Positive news for the job market as jobless claims fell hard, but it was the NASDAQ 100 closing at an 11 year high that stole the show. Yes, it is positive claims almost broke through the -300,000 level and the market certainly liked the figure. Even a slightly negative Philly Fed survey couldn’t hold back buyers from scooping up shares throughout much of the day. Volume on the NASDAQ rose again, but once again over on the S&P 500 volume fell. The S&P 500 continued its “wedge” higher as the NASDAQ remains the leading index.

The number of bulls pulled back from last week’s high, but bulls registered at 47%. Bears were able to climb back above 20%, but they didn’t make a big stand. The II survey continues to be bullish, but well off the extremes we witnessed early this year. I wouldn’t consider this market at an extreme level as far as sentiment is concerned. And with the amount of stocks we continue to find popping up this rally should have legs to run for quite some time. Again, we may see a shakeout here and there it won’t derail the rally currently underway.

Every rally will trick traders/investors to chase stocks at highs only to see the stock reverse and shaking them out. It is best to have a sound approach to buying and chasing stocks SHOULD NOT be a part of the approach. Just as important is money management, knowing how much to buy, cut losses, and exit a position is paramount. Without these tools you will be left behind.

It is clear the NASDAQ is the leading index with S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial lagging behind. This is precisely what we like to see. If it were the other way around, we’d have issues. Enjoy the weekend!

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