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A 'Comfort Blanket' of Buying; Large Caps Attract More Interest

By Declan FallonStock MarketsNov 23, 2022 03:37AM ET
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A 'Comfort Blanket' of Buying; Large Caps Attract More Interest
By Declan Fallon   |  Nov 23, 2022 03:37AM ET
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Yesterday was the kind of day which doesn't show up in many scans, but it was one where bulls hold the advantage. Bullish accumulation further confirmed the positive nature of yesterday's action. Any gain today would be enough to clear what for many indices, is a 'bull flag'. 

The Nasdaq finished with a bullish engulfing pattern on higher volume accumulation which also saw a 'buy' trigger in On-Balance-Volume. Technicals are net bullish with the index sitting just above its 50-day MA. 

COMPQ Daily Chart
COMPQ Daily Chart

The S&P staged a breakout as it cleared its 'bull flag' - it remains on course to test its 200-day MA before the week is out. Technicals are net positive and the only disappointment was the light volume to accompany the flag breakout.

SPX Daily Chart
SPX Daily Chart

And for the Dow Jones, a similar move almost delivered a new 52-week high.

INDU Daily Chart
INDU Daily Chart

Only the Russell 2000 was a little disappointing as it navigates the squeeze between its 20-day and 200-day MAs; it did manage to close above its 200-day MA but it needs something more to break the sequence of mixed signal candlesticks. 

IWM Daily Chart
IWM Daily Chart

We do need to see some form of buying if yesterday's action is to deliver on its premise. Ideally, yesterday closed with solid, white candlesticks - enough to break the pattern of easing we have seen over the last couple of days. What we don't want is an undercut of yesterday's lows as this would likely cause greater panic (effectively, a confirmation failure of a bullish setup). Fingers crossed...

A 'Comfort Blanket' of Buying; Large Caps Attract More Interest
 

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A 'Comfort Blanket' of Buying; Large Caps Attract More Interest

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