Nasdaq 100 PMO Decouples from Major Indexes


Today, the Nasdaq 100 rallied while the other indexes experienced declines. You'll note in the DecisionPoint Scoreboard Summary below that all of the major indexes are on short-term Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) SELL signals that arrived in December. Meanwhile, the NDX received a new PMO BUY signal.

Here is a performance chart I put together showing percentage gains over the past month. Today's move put the NDX on top while other indexes are fading. The Dow has clearly been leading the market, but the recent side steps can't compete with the NDX's steady rise.

The NDX is in a very manageable rising trend channel. It didn't test the bottom of the channel on the last low which could be considered somewhat bullish. I highlighted a negative divergence between the OBV and price tops. I believe that negative divergence was confirmed with last week's decline. Now we will watch for bullish confirmations. If price continues its rise to test the top of the channel, new all-time highs will be logged.

The Short-Term Volume Oscillator (STVO) and Volume Trend Oscillator (VTO) (intermediate-term indicator) are both bullish and rising. The VTO is in a vulnerable position as it is getting to the top of its zone which could mean a downturn later.

Conclusion: The NDX has caught up to the Dow and is now in the process of surpassing it. The NDX could be in for some upside given short-term indicators like the PMO and STVO are looking bullish; however, IT indicator, VTO, is getting overbought so any rally will likely be short-lived. If the major markets decline or correct, the NDX will likely not survive unscathed.

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Erin Swenlin
About the author: helped create and manage the website alongside her father, Carl Swenlin. Together, Erin and Carl launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009. She hosts the MarketWatchers LIVE web show at, and is also a Member of the CMT Association. Learn More
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