NASDAQ index trades to new session highs. What to look for technically.

Technical Analysis

Author: Greg Michalowski | nasdaq-index

Up 1.80% on the day

The NASDAQ index is continuing its move to the upside. It is currently up 236 points or 1.8% at 13360.16. The new high just reached 13364.66.

Up 1.80% on the day
Looking at the hourly chart above, the 50 hour moving average is the next major target at 13428.70.  Last Friday, the price tested that moving average level, only to find sellers against the level.  That led to a sharp decline to the lows on Wednesday and Thursday near the 13000 level.  The move from the end of April high saw a correction of -8.5%.

On further upside momentum, there should be resistance against the 50 hour moving average level with stops on a break above. Until that moving average can be broken, and then the 38.2% retracement of the move down from the high at 13464.39, the move higher is more of a correction in the short term/medium term.    

What is the daily chart saying?

Looking at the daily chart below, the index broke below its 100 day moving average (blue line in the chart below) on Monday and has closed below the moving average since that time. The moving average currently comes in at 13437.77. That is only about nine points higher than the 50 hour moving average making the area between 13428.70 and 13437.77 a key upside target.  Getting above both is needed to tilt the bias back to the upside.   Failure to do that and the sellers are still in full control.

NASDAQ on the daily chart
For the S&P index, looking at the hourly chart, the price has moved above it's 200 hour moving average at 4154.2 and is testing the 50 hour moving average at 4163.7. The 100 hour moving averages the 4174.4.  The move into the moving average area has tilt the bias more toward a neutral level.   A move above the 100 hour moving average would be more bullish, while a break back below the 200 hour moving average would tilt the bias more to the downside.

S&P index

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