If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. This could be trouble, because the Nasdaq looks like it’s at the beginning stages of a bearish head-and shoulders pattern.
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.
If it looks like a head-and shoulders pattern …
Unlike a duck, a head-and shoulders pattern is never fully confirmed until it’s completed. Nevertheless, the Nadsaq-100 and Nasdaq Composite (Nasdaq: ^IXIC) charts show a near perfect setup for a head-and shoulders top.
The April 20 Profit Radar Report, which featured a forecast for the week ahead, saw the potential for a head-and shoulders pattern when it wrote that: “Up side looks to be limited. The Nasdaq might be carving out a bearish head-and shoulders pattern.”
As the blue oval highlights, yesterday’s (Thursday) pop carried the Nasdaq right against double resistance, forming a potential right shoulder.
According to technical analysis rules it will take a drop below the neckline at 3,415 to trigger the actual pattern and down side target, but Thursday’s Profit Radar Report published the chart above and noted that: “This is a low-risk setup to go short the Nasdaq-100.”
Continued market forecasts are available via the Profit Radar Report.
Bearish seasonality compounds the potential danger for the Nasdaq and S&P 500. Here’s another revealing chart:
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