Of the three main US stock indices, S&P 500 (SPX) , Nasdaq Composite (IXIC), and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) – the Nasdaq Composite has the deepest decline from its all – time high.
These are the comparative drops for each index : DJI -4.5%
IXIC – 12.5%
My 02/25/21 blog “Something Different is Happening” noted that IXIC had the strongest upside growth since the 10/30/20 bottom and had now become the leading index to the downside. IXIC continues to lead the journey down.
IXIC’s sub index, the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) has decline 12% and as noted in my 02/28/21 post “Nasdaq 100 Intraday Chart” has the clearest Elliott wave pattern.
The NDX 30-minute chart courtesy of Trading View updates its intraday pattern.
Note the drop from the supposed Minuette wave (ii) has been steady and smooth – the signature of a market moving in its primary direction. In the near term NDX is at an Elliott wave crossroads. Analysts need to be aware of alternate wave counts, in this situation NDX may have completed a Single Zigzag correction (A-B-C). If so, it implies more upside leading to a new all-time high. We may have evidence in the next few trading days that clarifies the wave count.
The 30- minute SPX chart illustrates a different pattern.
The SPX decline from its 02/16/21 all-time high has been choppy and erratic, the signature of a correction in a rising trend. The bearish aspect of the decline is that the prior two strong moves up have been completely retraced. Bear market rallies in the stock market are usually fast and sharp yet lack sustainability. The bulls sense value and buy with intensity but can’t maintain the move.
The 10- minute Micro S&P- E- Mini chart (MESH2021) courtesy of Ninja Trader illustrates potential resistance.
Market Profile methodology shows where trading volume is relative to price levels. Market are either moving towards volume clusters or moving away from volume clusters.
The greatest volume cluster is called Point of Control (POC) and usually acts as support/resistance. If there’s a breakthrough the move could be significant. Note that on 03/05/21 MESH2021 broke through the 3/04/21 POC at 3809.25. The subsequent rally went to just above the 03/03/21 POC and then declined. The powerful 03/05/21 rally may have terminated near the end of the session at POC resistance.
A move above secondary POC at 3855.50 on 03/08/21 implies most if not all of the action on 03/08/21 could be bullish.
A failure to break above 3855.50 implies downside action for at least the 03/08/21 session.
A break below the 03/04/21 bottom could trigger a powerful downside move.