While the “leaders” of this market have lately been low-priced regional banks rocketing off the bottom, the stocks more typically thought of as leaders don’t seem to have so much fuel. We seen that in the sheer numbers of stocks found by the MACD divergence detectors — negative divergences outnumbered positive divergences many times over.
This week the NASDAQ:QQQQ and the AMEX:SPY (once again) showed us negative MACD divergences on the daily chart. Here’s a screenshot of the SPY showing a gentle bearish divergence on the MACD lines and a more severe divergence on the MACD Histogram.
You can see another interesting development in the screenshot as well. The SPY is breaking its upwards trendline.
Since I’m not an expert in the art and science of the trendline, I went back for a quick refresh to a handy reference on trendlines: the Market Club email trading class lesson #2. Titled ‘Finding a Friend in the Trend’, it tells about drawing and reading a trendline.
An important point for us today is to wait for two closes below the trendline before considering it broken. Count #1 today!
Just a couple other comments on this lesson of the course…
1. Its got a nice chart of a double bottom with a sharp V between lows.
2. One section where I have to disagree: it says bottoms are drawn out while tops are quick. Maybe in futures but in my experience with stocks this decade, we’ve had relatively quick bottoms and drawn out tops.
That leaves us to consider whether today is just another minor move in a long top or is the trend turning. Watching that trendline just might help us understand.