When NASDAQ Leads Bulls Worry

December 16, 2020

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider

Written by Mish and Forrest

FOMC report came out today keeping rates unchanged as the Fed continues to buy into bonds thus, supporting the market going forward.

Both the S&P 500 (SPY) and the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) closed green on the day with the QQQs breaking new all time highs from it’s recent tumble on Wednesday the 9th.

In addition, The Russell 2000 (IWM) along with the Dow Jones (DIA) pulled back from the day's lows.

Although no surprises out of the FOMC, that the FED remains steadfast on the notion that inflation is under control.  Have you seen corn, sugar, soybean and industrial prices lately?

Gold finally perked up. It’s possible that the gold miners have a double bottom in the making.

Plus, oil is holding as well.

As far as the FED, oftentimes, the next day we see a reversal from the initial price reaction. Plus Friday is triple witching day.

Keeping this in mind,  a good rule of thumb to get a better picture of the Fed's involvement is to look at High Yield Bonds - higher risk (JNK) and Investment Grade Bonds - lower Risk (LQD), as the relationship between the two can help us better see the markets appetite for risk.

Plus, keep your eyes on the 20+ year long bond TLTs as they closed basically unchanged with a move over 159 interesting.

For more on the outliers, watch Mish’s YouTube video on this and more here.


JNK has been in a bullish phase ever since it crossed the 50 day moving average DMA back in early November.

So far it’s been steadily closing over the 10-DMA which proves its still holding strong in the market’s uptrend.


LQD, though not as perfect as JNK, is still over the 50-DMA and has resistance at 138 to clear.

It also has a fair amount of support underneath it from around $135-137.

Watching these hold their bullish phases as the market moves forward into 2021 gives security that money is still flowing into high grade corporations as well as businesses with higher risk.

Perhaps it is just buyer’s fatigue getting to us. But we are hearing constant fear out there that one day the party will crash and burn.

Maybe. But for now, and keep in mind stimulus is still a dangling ball, we have our bonds, gold, dollar and yes, even volatility to give us a head’s up when the breadth begins to deteriorate.

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S&P 500 (SPY) Broke resistance but needs a close over 371.05 With 366.74 Support.

Russell 2000 (IWM) Digesting recent highs.

Dow (DIA) 298.68 support. 303.80 to clear.

Nasdaq (QQQ) New all time highs.

KRE (Regional Banks) Resistance 200 week moving average 52.70 to clear. Support 48.48

SMH (Semiconductors) 221.79 high to clear. Support 210.41 If cant hold 10-DMA at 216.57

IYT (Transportation) 10-DMA 223.20 to clear. 217.63 is key level to hold.

IBB (Biotechnology) 152.13 pivotal level to hold.

XRT (Retail)  59.24 support. 62.75 high to clear.

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