Is Nasdaq Underperformance Bearish for the Whole Stock Market?

Friday was a bad day for stocks, particularly the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq’s underperformance reflects a shift of investor sentiment, but not all is bad. In fact, there’s one short-term silver lining for the Nasdaq.

Today the Nasdaq Composite (Nasdaq: ^IXIC) lost 2.6% and closed below the 100-day moving average for the first time since December 31, 2012.

Is that bearish for the overall market?

The Nasdaq Indexes (Composite and Nasdaq-100) have been lagging the S&P quite significantly for a few weeks.

Purely statistical, the recent spread between the S&P and Nasdaq is quite rare and does not consistently foreshadow trouble ahead.

However, it does reveak that investors are developing a degree of risk aversion not seen in all of 2013.

The April 2 Profit Radar Report featured this chart of the Nasdaq-100 and cautioned that a move above resistance was needed, otherwise this week’s S&P 500 break out would turn into a fake out.

By today’s close the Nasdaq arrived at the bottom of the short-term trend channel and at the top of a long-term trend channel (I’ll write about this long-term channel in detail next week).

If the Nasdaq is going to bounce (at least short-term), it should do so around the current convergence of trend channels. Further weakness will caution of more down side.

Simon Maierhofer is the publisher of the Profit Radar ReportThe Profit Radar Report presents complex market analysis (S&P 500, Dow Jones, gold, silver, euro and bonds) in an easy format. Technical analysis, sentiment indicators, seasonal patterns and common sense are all wrapped up into two or more easy-to-read weekly updates. All Profit Radar Report recommendations resulted in a 59.51% net gain in 2013.

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