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Sector Watch, Sunday, 12/10/2000

Four alerts were triggered at resistance in the past session. Raising support (COMPX, NDX, MSH, BTK, XCI, NWX, DRG, XAL). Raising resistance (BTK, GSO.X, IUX, XAL). We have raised some levels of support on a few key sectors, as they may be key to a sustained NASDAQ rally. Traders should watch the support levels on the NDX, BTK, XCI, and NWX, if they hold the market could see more upside surprises.

Broad Market Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Dow Jones 30 DOW 10,712 10,250 11,000  
S&P 500 SPX 1,369 1,315 1,405  
NASD Comp COMPX 2,916 2,700 3,250  
S&P 100 OEX 727 680 775  
Russell 2000 RUT 479 435 510  
NASD 100 NDX 2,892 2,600 3,150  
High Tech MSH 810 750 820  
Technology Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Biotech BTK 685 600 690
Hardware XCI 1,084 1,010 1,220  
Software GSO 349 290 360
Semiconductor SOX 638 500 700  
Networking NWX 920 800 1,020  
Internet INX 266 230 295  
Finance Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Banking BIX 593 560 620  
Brokerage XBD 562 490 590  
Insurance IUX 863 760 870
Other Sym Last Support Posture Resistance Alert
Retail RLX 846 790 855  
Drug DRG 427 420 460  
Healthcare HCX 896 875 945  
Airline XAL 159 146 162
Oil & Gas OIX 294 284 320  

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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