The Wagner Daily


For the first time in weeks, stocks demonstrated bullish intraday trading action by gapping lower on the open, but reversing to close in positive territory. Just as they led the market lower throughout the downtrend, small caps also led the market higher in sync with yesterday’s uptrend. The Russell 2000 Index advanced 1.1%, while both the Nasdaq Composite and S&P Midcap 400 indices gained 0.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 0.4%, but the S&P 500 showed relative weakness for a change and only gained 0.1%. A bit of weakness in the final thirty minutes of trading caused the major indices to finish off their highs, but still within the upper third of their respective intraday ranges.

Turnover rose in both exchanges for the second consecutive day, indicating a gradually increasing buying interest by institutional traders. Total volume in both the NYSE and Nasdaq came in 3% higher than the previous day’s levels. Volume in the NYSE came in just above its 50-day average level, but the Nasdaq turnover level was lighter than average, despite the “accumulation day.” Once again, advancing volume only marginally exceeded declining volume in both exchanges. Higher volume on an “up” day is a good start, but it would be nice to see volume levels exceed their 50-day moving averages.

Leading stocks acted better today, a positive sign for the overall market, but the biggest technical problem facing the market continues to be the S&P 500’s resistance at the 1,280 level. This area of resistance, which we annotated in yesterday’s Wagner Daily, stopped the rally dead in its tracks today. As the daily chart below illustrates, the S&P 500 briefly probed above the 1,280 level on an intraday basis, but failed to close above it. Again, this remains the pivotal area of resistance on the S&P as we enter the new month:

One of the biggest factors behind yesterday’s market strength was the 1.5% gain in the Semiconductor Index ($SOX). The $SOX had been lagging for many months, but yesterday’s strength pushed the sector above primary resistance of its downtrend line:

Obviously, it would be very bullish for the broad market if the $SOX holds above its 50-day MA. However, take it easy with new long positions until the S&P 500 also confirms the breakout above the 1,280 level. Just as many false breakdowns cause a lot of pain to the bears in a strong market, there are an equal number of false breakouts that occur in downtrending markets and often result in loss of capital for the bulls. We are presently focused on managing our existing positions for maximum profitability rather than entering new ones.

Today’s Watchlist:

There are no new setups for today, as we now have three open positions.

Daily Performance Report:

Below is an overview of all open positions, as well as a performance report on all positions that were closed only since the previous day’s newsletter. Net P/L figures are based on the $50,000 Wagner Daily model account size. Changes to open positions since the previous report are listed in red text below:

    Open positions (coming into today):

      SLV long (100 shares from August 1 entry) –
      bought 115.09, stop 111.20, target 133.50, unrealized points = + 5.71, unrealized P/L = + $571

      LQD long (400 shares from July 20 entry) –
      bought 104.08, stop 103.35, target 106.20, unrealized points = + 0.32, unrealized P/L = + $416

      IWM short (250 shares from August 1 entry) –
      sold short 68.65, stop 71.35, target 61.70, unrealized points = (1.69), unrealized P/L = ($423)

    Closed positions (since last report):


    Current equity exposure ($100,000 max. buying power):



      No changes to the open positions.

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    Edited by Deron Wagner,
    MTG Founder and
    Head Trader