This morning, the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:SMH) is trading higher by 0.21 cents to $31.80 a share. The semiconductor sectors continue to struggle around the daily chart 200 moving average. This tells us that this important sector is showing weak relative strength when compared to the major stock market indexes.
The Semiconductor Sector Is Still The One To Follow
These days the technology sector is predominantly dominated by Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com Inc (NYSE:AMZN). When an investor wants to know if the tech stocks are trading higher they will usually just look at one of these market leaders; however, it is the semiconductor sector that is still the technology barometer.
Semiconductor Stocks Are Sending Out Warning Flags
The semiconductor sector is a very important group of stocks that traders should follow closely. Often the semiconductor stocks will lead most technology stocks higher and lower. Since December 19, 2011 the Semiconductor Holders ETF (NYSEARCA:SMH) has rallied higher by $2.47 a share. This morning, the SMH is trading higher by 0.72 cents to $31.15 a share.
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The Semiconductors Holders Trust (NYSEARCA:SMH) are trading lower by 0.25 cents to $29.51 a share. This ETF is viewed by many as a leading indicator for the tech heavy NASDAQ Composite. When the semiconductor sector shows strength most of the leading technology stocks will generally remain strong. The SMH is trading around a short term support level on the daily chart around the $29.00 area.
This morning, the Semiconductor Holders Trust (NYSE:SMH) is coming under some selling pressure as the SMH is trading lower by 0.54 cents to $31.39 a share. When the semiconductor stocks decline it is usually a sign that most technology stocks will be weak. Often the semiconductor sector will lead the NASDAQ Composite on the daily and intra-day charts.
The semiconductor sector has been very strong along with the major stock indexes since October 4, 2011. At that time, the major stock indexes staged a massive reversal day into the closing bell, kicking off this massive nine day rally. The Semiconductor Holders Trust (NYSE:SMH) has surged higher by more than $4.50 from its October low pivot of $25.92 a share.
Semi's Bouncing, However, They Are Signaling Further Declines
This afternoon, many of the semiconductor stocks are trading in positive territory. This is usually considered a positive for the NASDAQ Composite and the major stock indexes. Today, the Semiconductor Holders Trust (NYSE:SMH) is trading higher by 0.07 cents to $26.25 a share. The bounce in the SMH is somewhat feeble when you think about it.
Monday, September 26, 2011 Stock Market Performance
•Stocks bounced between gains and losses early in today's session but by the close the major indexes rose at least 1.4% each.
•SP 500 $SPX $SPY support/resistance moved up from 1,130 to 1,154 and 1,150 to 1,165.
•Support/resistance on the Nasdaq Composite $COMPX $QQQ rose to 2,483 from 2,470 and 2,536 from 2,483.
•Semiconductor Index $SOX $SMH lagged down 0.1%.