The Nasdaq indexes are very overbought and could pause soon. With earnings winding down, Yellen on tap for the next two days and everything appearing to go well at the White House, what could go wrong? The answer is of course anything.
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QQQ - Nasdaq 100 ETF - ETF Profile
PowerShares QQQ, formerly known as "QQQ" or the "NASDAQ- 100 Index Tracking Stock", is an exchange-traded fund based on the Nasdaq-100 Index. The Fund will, under most circumstances, consist of all of stocks in the Index. The Index includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced quarterly and reconstituted annually.
The Nasdaq 100 big cap index has been leading the market higher since early December. The QQQ ETF is up 11% since the close on December 2nd. While the Dow and S&P were moving sideways over January the Nasdaq 100 was piling on the gains. Those gains have gone vertical since the beginning of February.
The Nasdaq 100 is in very overbought territory with the RSI at a whopping 78.47 at today's close. A reading of 70 is considered to be overbought. The last two times the NDX had a RSI reading over 70 there was a decline in the index.
Nobody can predict when an index will decline but we can read the indicators and they are telling us to be careful with new longs at this point.
Janet Yellen will be testifying before the House and Senate over the next two days. All she has to do is phrase one sentence the wrong way and we could see a serious decline.
This is going to be a short-term position because the dip buyers are still alive and well. If we did get a 3% decline, it would be bought. We have not had one since before the election.
I am going to jump right in rather than use an entry trigger. The options are cheap and the most we can lose is $1.29.
Buy March $127 put, currently $1.29, no initial stop loss.