Daily Market Update for 12/21

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Facts: +2.40%, Volume lower, Closing Range: 98%, Body: 60% Green
Good: Broad gain with high advance/decline ratio , high closing range
Bad: Lower volume
Highs/Lows: Higher high, Higher low
Candle: Large green body at top of candle, long lower wick
Advance/Decline: 2.9, almost three advancing stocks for every declining stock
Indexes:SPX (+1.78%), DJI (+1.60%), RUT (+2.95%), VIX (-8.13%)
Sector List: Energy ( XLE +2.85%) and Consumer Discretionary ( XLY +2.59%) at the top. Consumer Staples ( XLP -0.13%) and Utilities ( XLU -0.14%) at the bottom.
Expectation: Sideways or Higher

Market Overview

A rebound from the Omicron sell-off was helped along by great earnings reports from Nike and Micron Technology .

The Nasdaq climbed by +2.40%. Volume was lower than the previous day and below the 50-day average. The candle has a 60% green body above a long lower wick. The closing range of 98% shows a bullish day all the way into the close. There were nearly 3 advancing stocks for every declining stock.

Small-caps outperformed, sending the Russell 2000 (RUT) up by +2.95%. The S&P 500 (SPX) gained +1.78% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) climbed by +1.60%. The VIXVolatility index declined -8.13%.

Energy ( XLE +2.85%) and Consumer Discretionary ( XLY +2.59%) led the sector list. The only two sectors to decline were Consumer Staples ( XLP -0.13%) and Utilities ( XLU -0.14%).

The US Dollar index DXY ) declined -0.17%. US 30y, 10y, and 2y Treasury Yields all advanced for the day. High Yield ( HYG ) and Investment Grade ( LQD ) Corporate Bond Prices rose. Crude Oil Prices rebounded from yesterday’s dip. Timber, Copper , and Aluminum all advanced .

The put/call ratio ( PCCE ) dropped to 0.621. The CNN Fear & Greed Index moved back to the Fear range after dipping into Extreme Fear yesterday.

All four largest mega-caps gained for the day. Microsoft MSFT ) gained +2.31%. Amazon ( AMZN ) rose by +2.00%. Apple (APPL) climbed +1.91%. Alphabet GOOGL advanced +1.32%. Only Apple is trading above its 21d EMA and 50d MA.

Alibaba (BABA) topped the mega-cap list with a +6.94% gain. Nike NKE ) also climbed over 6% after exceeding expectations on earnings . Pfizer PFE ) declined -3.39% landing at the bottom of the list. Yesterday, Pfizer was the top mega-cap while Alibaba (BABA) was the bottom.

The Daily Update Growth List had only two declining stocks. The biggest gainer was Sea Limited (SE), which rose +10.82%. After topping the list yesterday, Chewy CHWY ) was at the bottom of the list today, declining -2.30%.

Looking ahead

Tomorrow will kick off with an update to GDP for Q3 before the market opens.

After the market opens, CB Consumer Confidence for December will be available. We’ll also get a look at Existing Home Sales for November and the weekly Crude Oil Inventories.

Trends, Support, and Resistance

The Nasdaq dipped after a gap-up at open, getting support at 15,000 before climbing the rest of the day to close near the intraday high.

If the one-day trend line continues into Wednesday, expect a +2.32% gain.

If the index returns to the high from the 11/22 high or the five-day trend line , that would mean a -1.76% decline.


Fears over Omicron seem to be as volatile as the market. The upside reversal today is a positive sign, but don’t get too comfortable too quick. We can still see a lot of up and downs, especially with the lower volume that will only get lower as we head into the final week of December.

Based on the chart, the expectation for tomorrow is Sideways or Higher.

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