Mish's Market Minute

Stock Price Divergence and Potential Signs of Risk!

Mish Schneider

Mish Schneider

Director of Trading Education, MarketGauge.com

We cannot begin the Daily without a mention of the glitch in the NYSE right out of the gate Tuesday morning. A wild stock-price swing occurred at the open and 84 stocks suddenly plunged or spiked, causing volatility triggers and trading halts. The event is now under investigation.

The chart of Wells Fargo (WFC) is a prime example of how this glitch wreaked havoc, with a low price of $38.10 before rallying back up to $45.00. Perhaps we can notch this up to "Another Brick in the Wall" of chaos leading to inflation.

Regardless, with earnings season in gear, the market will focus on the guidance and future outlook of many of the large corporations, so today's glitch could be an aberration -- or the universe's harbinger of things to come.

On Monday, we focused on the trading range, calendar ranges, momentum, junk bonds' performance, and the very high probability of a rally into resistance. Today, let's narrow it down to another of our key indicators in our Big View market timing service, Long Bonds versus High Yield Bonds.

Tuesday's action settled into more of a digestion day in the 4 indices.

The small caps, or Russell 2000 (IWM), had an inside day, meaning it traded within the trading range of Monday. The 6-month calendar range high sits just above current levels in the small caps. Hence, we need clues from the internals on next big move up or down.

The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF HYG looks okay as far as price. Our Big View defines the relationship or ratio between HYG and TLT as a measure of the relationship between risky high yield corporate debt (HYG) versus the safety of U.S. Bonds (TLT).

"When the ratio is trending up and the distance between the ratio and the moving average widens, it identifies an increased appetite for risk in fixed income markets."

However, as shown by our Triple Play Market Indicator, high yield continues to underperform the long bonds or TLTs. Although the price is trending up on junk bonds, this underperformance versus the long bonds may be a warning sign of possible failing breakouts.

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Mish in the Media

Mish gives her thoughts on the big NYSE glitch on Tuesday, January 24 on this appearance for BNN Bloomberg!

Mish discusses the continued bull case for commodities and why the SPY will remain in a trading range in this appearance on Business First AM.

Mish maps out why gold is still the shiniest in this appearance on Making Money with Charles Payne!

In Singapore, Mish discusses China and whether the markets are bottoming or going lower from here on CNBC Asia.

In StockCharts TV's Charting Forward 2023, Mish sits down with a round table panel of experts for an open discussion about the things they are seeing in, and hearing about, the markets.

Mish presents her 2023 Outlook and gives you 6 trading ideas from Macro to Micro on the Thursday, January 12 edition of StockCharts TV's Your Daily Five.

Mish and John discuss how equities and commodities can rally together, up to a point, in this appearance on Bloomberg BNN.

Mish and the team discuss her outlook and why inflation will persist, with a focus on gold, in this appearance on Benzinga.

While the weekly charts still say bear market rally, Mish and and host Dave Keller discuss the promise of the daily charts on the Tuesday, January 10 edition of The Final Bar (full video here).

In this appearance on Business First AM, Mish discusses the worldwide inflation worries.

ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): SPY has crossed the 200-DMA and is now slightly above it, but is still a very narrow price range below to 50-DMA. Held pivotal support and now what was resistance is support at the 200-DMA and resistance is 405 overhead.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Filled the gap and continued to hold the 200-DMA and overhead resistance at 189.
  • Dow (DIA): Back under the 50-DMA STILL as industrials lose ground to tech, but holding support at 335 and crossed the 50-DMA barely.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Crossed the 50-DMA on Friday to close above. First level of resistance is at the 200-DMA and closing slightly below it.
  • Regional banks (KRE): Close to crossing 60.72 (50-DMA). First level of support is 58 and resistance is 50-DMA.
  • Semiconductors (SMH): Still holding key support easily at the 50-WMA and 200-WMA. 230 support and 238 resistance.
  • Transportation (IYT): Still holding 225 key support here and now holding first level of support holding 227. Overhead resistance is 232.
  • Biotechnology (IBB): Still best sector with 132 key support still holding and holding first level of support at 134 now with 137 resistance.
  • Retail (XRT): Holding pivotal support at 63. Resistance at 68.

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision. Learn More