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Dow Smashes Records, But Where's the Nasdaq 100?

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This week has been volatile for the market and the country. After Dow Futures were down well over 5% and even 8% at one point Tuesday night, the Dow surprised everyone with a solid rally on Wednesday. Today that rally was followed by a breakout to new all-time highs. The thrust of this rally pushed the Dow to a new Intermediate-Term Trend Model (ITTM) BUY signal. However, the NDX was down over 1.6% today, clearly not participating in the rally. It isn't just a matter of underperforming the Dow, the indicators are heading south and a new Intermediate-Term Trend Model Neutral signal materialized on the NDX DP Scoreboard shown below.



The daily chart for the Dow is impressive. After price breached support at the 200-EMA, it took off. Rather than a BREXIT shake-up decline, the opposite occurred with a strong rally to new all-time highs. The Price Momentum Oscillator (PMO) made an about face and is shooting skyward after a crossover BUY signal. The IT Trend Model triggers its signals based on the 20/50-EMAs in relation to the 200-EMA. For the Dow, it is a simple 20/50-EMA positive crossover that generated the BUY signal. 

For the NDX, the 20-EMA crossed below the 50-EMA. The crossover occurred above the 200-EMA so the signal is a Neutral, not a SELL. In DecisionPoint terms, if the 50-EMA is above the 200-EMA that index, ETF, etc. is in a bull market. Therefore, we wouldn't want to move to an aggressive SELL signal, the model triggers a Neutral signal instead, "Neutral" meaning moving to cash or fully hedged. The PMO topped below its signal line and below the zero line; both are very bearish for the shorter term. Today's close was right on support at previous all-time highs. The NDX needs a rally of more than 3% to catch up to its all-time highs, certainly not unsurmountable, but negative momentum will likely cause drag.

Conclusion: It seems that only certain sectors, especially industrials, banks, materials, are fueling the rally in the broad market. Unfortunately, that doesn't translate to the NDX which is comprised of mostly tech and consumer services stocks. If a new bull market is to occur, the NDX and other sectors will need to get on board the Dow rally train. At this point, given the deteriorating indicators and complete lack of participation in the rally, the NDX will need a serious shot in the arm. 


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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the DecisionPoint.com website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at StockCharts.com. Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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