Technical Analysis Nasdaq 100 – Nasdaq index stock valuations are very high

August 4, 2016

US Nasdaq 100 recorded historical high, and it slightly declined on the next day. Will the US stock market correction happen?

This article is originally referred from IFC Markets Technical Analysis

On Monday the US high-tech stock index Nasdaq 100 updated its historical high in spite of the weak US GDP data for the second quarter. On Tuesday, the weak data on consumer spending came out and the index slightly declined. Will the US stock market correction happen?

The valuations of stocks of the US high-tech companies are much higher than the ones of the traditional economy corporations. The Р/Е ratio (current share price/earnings per share) for Nasdaq 100 index is 23. For the S&P 500 it is lower: 19,8. As a result, for instance, the online store Amazon equalled the oil giant Exxon Mobil in capitalization. The P/E ratio of Amazon reached 195, while for Exxon Mobil it is significantly lower: 29. It is difficult to say how justified are the high valuations of high-tech companies. Currently 353 corporations from S&P 500 components have reported earnings for the second quarter.

On the basis of these data investors forecast a reduction of the total earnings of S&P 500 components by 2,6%. Market participants are now waiting for the release of labor market data for July on Friday. We do not exclude they may be negative despite the small increase in employment in the US based on the report of the independent agency ADP, published on Wednesday.

Nasdaq index stock valuations are very high

On the daily chart Nasdaq 100: D1 is inching lower from the upper bound of the uptrend. The MACD and Parabolic indicators have formed the signal to sell. The Bollinger bands have widened a lot which means higher volatility. The RSI indicator is in the overbought zone. No divergence. The bearish momentum may develop in case Nasdaq 100 index falls below Tuesday low: 4680. This level may serve as a point of entry.

The initial stop-loss may be placed above the historical high, the last fractal high, as well as the Parabolic signal: 4770. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal high following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the probable profit/loss ratio to the breakeven point. The most risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop-loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop-loss level at 4770, without reaching the order at 4680, we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes which were not taken into account.

Position Sell
Sell stop below 4680
Stop loss above 4770

Original Source: IFC Markets Technical Analysis