Some positive developments

The major
indexes suffered another week of sharp losses as, once again, worries over the
Fed and inflation stepped up. With the exception of a modest bounce on Friday,
with the S&P 500 bouncing off of its 200-day

moving average, the equities markets traded
with an overall negative bias the entire week. In terms of sector performance,
Commodity and classic Cyclical/Industrial names experienced the worst of the
declines, which was likely the result of worries over a hawkish Fed crimping
economic activity. It was difficult to find sectors that outperformed, as the
overall decline was pretty broad-based in nature. In addition, volume remained
heavy, which helped to confirm the decline.

While there
was little doubt that market action was quite bearish in recent days, some
positive developments did take place. Yields on the long end of the curve
declined, while commodity prices fell dramatically. Furthermore, housing data
continued to pile up, which suggested that the slowdown was gaining steam.
Given these factors, it may take a little pressure off the Fed as far as raising
interest rates. It’s even quite possible that slowing housing demand could mean
that inflation has already peaked for the cycle.

positive news was seen on the sentiment front, where the P/C ratio reached
extreme levels. From a contrarian standpoint, this is bullish, as the public
has been betting heavily on further declines. Also, several market oscillators
have reached deeply oversold territory, which also often indicates that a
short-term bottom could be in place.

Daily Pivot Points for 5-22-06

Symbol Pivot R1 R2 R3 S1 S2 S3
INDU 11133.19 11191.16 11238.26 11296.23 11086.09 11028.12 10981.02
SPX 1265.15 1274.03 1281.02 1289.90 1258.16 1249.28 1242.29
ES M6 1268.17 1278.08 1285.42 1295.33 1260.83 1250.92 1243.58
SP M6 1268.27 1278.03 1285.27 1295.03 1261.03 1251.27 1244.03
YM M6 11161.33 11226.67 11273.33 11338.67 11114.67 11049.33 11002.67
BKX 108.80 109.31 109.85 110.36 108.26 107.75 107.21
SOX 484.93 495.65 501.01 511.73 479.57 468.85 463.49

Please feel free to email me with any questions
you might have, and have a great trading week!

Chris Curran started his trading career at the
age of 22 with a national brokerage firm. He combines fundamental and technical
analysis to get the big picture on the market. Chris has been trading for 15
years, starting full time in 1997, and has never had a losing year as a
full-time trader.