This Week’s Melt-Up Triggered a Short Squeeze In The NASDAQ and a Utilities Breakout

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Rather quickly in trading late Sunday night, the NQ (NASDAQ E-Mini Futures) began to move higher quite consistently.  By the time the markets opened in London on Monday, the rally was ON.  We believe this is related to two underlying factors:

A.  Short positions were getting squeezed after the end of week rally in the markets last week.  The upside price pressure early in trading on Sunday/Monday likely forced many of these shorts out of the market – creating a Short Squeeze.

B.  Global traders may be interpreting a biased election victory by Donald Trump based on news events or other information.  This close to an election and with pending Q3 earnings just days away, a melt-up rally like this is fairly uncommon – unless you take into consideration that global investors may be pre positioning for an expected outcome.

30 Minute Chart of Nasdaq Showing This Weeks Rally & Squeeze

Still, one can’t discount the upside move in the NQ today, as seen on this 30 minute chart (below).  The rally started off moderately strong, then London opened Monday.  After London opened, the momentum grew and price began to rally even higher.  We believe this rally phase will abate after the momentum phase has pushed prices high enough to prompt some concerns.  You can’t fight the squeeze when it happens, but you can’t chase it very long either.

Dow Jones 30 Minute Rally, or Lack of Rally from Underperforming Sectors

The following YM (Dow Jones E-Mini Futures) chart, on the other hand, represented a very small rally phase compared to the NASDAQ.  This suggests more interest was centered in the Technology and Healthcare sectors recently as traders attempted to scoop up Call Options ahead of earnings.  The Dow Jones and the S&P 500 were still higher today, but these two major indexes were not included in the dynamic Short Squeeze like the NASDAQ was today.

Daily Chart of Utility Sector Shows Signs of Leadership

If you take a look at the following Utilities Sector ETF (XLU) it is clear that in the past few weeks they are outperforming almost all other sectors. New multi-month highs, strong momentum, and this is what happens when investors start to become nervous. They buy defensive companies that will always be needed during a recession.

Take a look at what utilities did in Jan/Feb when investors started to get nervous about the economy/COVID. I look at utilities as one of the last moves before a market correction.

Our research continues to suggest we are still in a Bullish price trend.  Our Super Cycles research and other predictive modeling system suggest volatility and risk factors are still very elevated.  In other words, we believe the US market trends are biased to the upside right now and may break higher after the elections.  We are also very cautious of election volatility and unknown factors such as earnings and other issues.

As of today, Tuesday, the NASDAQ is continuing higher as positive earnings start to hit the wires.  Learn how our predictive modeling and other advanced trading technology can assist you in finding the best trades.

As a technical analyst and trader since 1997, I have been through a few bull/bear market cycles in stocks and commodities. I believe I have a good pulse on the market and timing key turning points for investing and short-term swing traders. Don’t miss all the incredible trends and trade setups. 

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Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategies
Founder of Technical Traders Ltd.

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Chris Vermeulen has been involved in the markets since 1997 and is the founder of Technical Traders Ltd. He is an internationally recognized technical analyst, trader, and author of the book: 7 Steps to Win With Logic Through years of research, trading and helping individual traders around the world. He learned that many traders have great trading ideas, but they lack one thing, they struggle to execute trades in a systematic way for consistent results. Chris helps educate traders with a three-hour video course that can change your trading results for the better. His mission is to help his clients boost their trading performance while reducing market exposure and portfolio volatility. He has also been on the cover of AmalgaTrader Magazine, and featured in Futures Magazine, Gold-Eagle, Safe Haven,The Street, Kitco, Financial Sense, Dick Davis Investment Digest and dozens of other financial websites.
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