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Sector Watch, Thursday, 01/04/2001

Twelve alerts were triggered in the past two sessions. Lowering support (NDX, BTK, INX, IUX, DRG, HCX). Lowering resistance (NDX, BTK, INX, IUX, DRG, HCX). Raising support (MSH, BIX, XBD, RLX). Raising resistance (DOW, MSH, BIX, XBD, RLX, XAL). The DOW triggered a resistance alert at 11,000, but pulled back to close at 10,912. Even with the rally yesterday the NDX, BTK, and INX triggered support alerts today, so bullish traders should be cautious here.

Broad Market Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Dow Jones 30 DOW 10,912 10,300 11,050
S&P 500 SPX 1,333 1,255 1,390  
NASD Comp COMPX 2,566 2,250 2,845  
S&P 100 OEX 700 650 740  
Russell 2000 RUT 477 440 505  
NASD 100 NDX 2,460 2,050 2,700
High Tech MSH 724 620 790
Technology Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Biotech BTK 583 540 690
Hardware XCI 995 840 1,130  
Software GSO 287 235 325  
Semiconductor SOX 653 530 690  
Networking NWX 779 645 860  
Internet INX 202 160 215
Finance Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Banking BIX 675 605 690
Brokerage XBD 620 530 640
Insurance IUX 758 740 850
Other Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Retail RLX 901 790 920
Drug DRG 405 380 450
Healthcare HCX 847 825 950
Airline XAL 180 146 182
Oil & Gas OIX 303 284 330  

Sector Watch Description

The Sector Watch is a tool that has been designed to give you a snapshot glance of where the major market sector and indices are headed. The goal is for a visual representation within a specific area to help in gauging future movement. The description of each column is as follows.

SYM - This is the symbol that many charting services use for the corresponding sector.

LAST - Last trade value for the corresponding sector at 4:00 EST on the day (upper right corner) of the report.

SUPPORT - A level over the past three weeks where demand has been greater than or equal to supply. If this level were broken it could signal a bearish tone toward the sector/group. When support areas are broken, we then look for what could be the next level of support for that particular sector.

POSTURE - A graphical representation of a particular range that a sector is trading in. Traders should monitor this area against previous reports. Those sectors showing increasing demand should be moving from support to resistance. Conversely, those sectors where supply is greater should be moving down from resistance to support.

RESISTANCE - A level where supply has been greater than or equal to demand. If this level were broken it could signal a bullish tone toward the sector/group. When resistance areas are broken, we then look for what could be the next level of resistance for that particular group.

ALERT - A notification to traders that a previous level of support or resistance was broken and that action may be warranted.

This tool can be useful for bullish and bearish traders. When you've identified a sector that is of interest to you, you can then concentrate on stocks within that sector, thus making for a more focused and alert trader.

We realize that there are different kinds of bullish traders. There are those that like to buy stocks on pullbacks and those that prefer to buy "momentum", stocks that are breaking out of consolidation or to new highs. Whichever strategy you are most comfortable with, the Sector Watch will help you quickly identify the level, within a trading range, where a particular sector is trading.

A bullish trader that prefers to buy "strong stocks" on pullbacks would be most likely to concentrate on a sector they have identified as having a bullish trend, that is currently trading in the lower half of the trading range and closer to a level of support. A bullish trader that prefers to buy "strong stocks" with momentum would focus on those sectors that have been in up-trends, and are trading near key resistance levels, where a significant breakout may occur.

Bearish traders can also benefit from this tool when determining levels at which to sell. There are two types of bearish traders. There are those that attempt to sell rallies and those that sell when a level of support has been broken.

Understanding risk is a concept that many traders and investors have trouble with. Not all sectors consistently move between support and resistance levels. At given times, sectors may tend to stay in the upper half of trading ranges, while others are stuck in a lower range. If you're bullish or bearish on a particular sector, you can use support/resistance levels to help assess and manage risk by implementing the use of stops below/above those levels.

 


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