July 17 Flat Market Update and Big Mover Stock Scan

Despite the strength of technology leaders Google and Facebook (among others), the S&P 500 is perfectly balanced and flat today despite the NASDAQ’s bullishness and new all-time high.

Let’s scratch the surface and look beyond the headlines to what’s trending today:

Traders in the NASDAQ and Tech Sector Stocks are probably having a lot more fun today than index futures traders!

Nevertheless, we always start with a top-level picture of what the index – especially the S&P 500 – is doing and then drill-down to specific sectors and stocks within sectors from there.

Right now, there’s nothing exciting going on in the S&P 500.  Price is consolidating after a stellar rally.

Negative divergences (into resistance) undercut the rally and make us more cautious.

However, the strength in Tech Sector names (we’ll see shortly) keep us from being bored during today’s range session.

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Let’s see what our Breadth Chart reveals about current market strength (or weakness):

Speaking of Technology, even with big headline gappers and strength in Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB), the Tech Sector “only” shows a positive breadth reading of 33% (of stocks positive right now).

This is a big divergence and non-confirmation, or signal that not all is bullishly enthusiastic with the broader market.

Financials, Energy, and Utilities (which were yesterday’s leaders) are the weakest sectors today.

Ok without further ado, let’s highlight our algorithmic stock scan’s top candidates (all Tech names).

Here are today’s strongest trending (intraday) names – candidates for pro-trend continuation:

Baidu.com (BIDU), Google (GOOGL), Yahoo! (YHOO), and Facebook (FB)

Bearish downtrending candidates include the following stocks from our “weakness” scan:

Solarwinds (SWI), Comerica (CMA), Agnico Eagle (AEM), and Range Resources (RRC)

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Corey Rosenbloom, CMT
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