Some summer whipsaws are taking place in stock index futures. I was looking at the different indices including S&P500, NASDAQ, mini Russell and last but not least the Dow Jones.
It seems that the Russell is the most bearish one while NASDAQ is the strongest one, which is a topic for another article by itself (Inter market spreads).
I decided to look at the Dow Jones cash for clues of future direction for the equity complex and what I saw I am sharing with you below in the daily chart.
You can clearly see lower highs and lower lows which i circled. What this means is that when the market moves higher it fails to take the previous high and when it moves lower it is able to establish a lower low than the most recent one. In my book as well as many other traders this is a bearish sign.
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Based on the last few moves, it seems like we may have a bit more room to the upside before the market faces decision point but I wish trading was that easy or scientific – it is not.
Looking at the chart below, I think the door is open for a larger correction if we can take out 17399 which was the previous low.
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