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Declan Fallon runs a market commentary blog at, and is a contributor to TalkMarkets and Seeking Alpha. He previously contributed to the Motley Fool. Declan Fallon is also a UI/UX Dashboard Designer for ... more


Nasdaq Moves To Challenge "Gravestone Doji" High
The Nasdaq has been leading indices throughout 2020, even the sell-off caused by Covid-19 was not as bad as was inflicted on the Russell 2000 or S&P.
Buyers Attempt To Defend Support
Sellers had managed to push indices back to support levels where buyers are looking to make a stand.
Markets Ease Back From Breakouts
Last week ended for markets with sellers in control. The damage was sufficient to put markets on warning for a bearish reversal - but the last such attempt in early June was quickly reversed by buyers; will this time be different?
Sellers Take Control
The Nasdaq had been the lead index as it posted new all-time (post-Covid19) highs, but today's selling followed yesterday's bearish gravestone doji; collectively, it looks like a bearish evening star.
Minimum Gains Give Bulls Reason For Optimism
Traders had a weekend to stew over Friday's losses and a weak open on global markets could have set a more negative tone. However, this proved not to be the case.
Bearish Finish To Week
Bulls weren't able to close out the week on a high as Friday's candlestick was a mix of a bearish engulfing pattern or black candlestick. In the case of the Nasdaq, the gap closed but the 'bull trap' remains unchallenged.


Latest Comments
Tech Indices Breakout
5 years ago

At some point, semiconductors will emerge from the doldrums. Sure, Semis could take a big haircut: the Philly index is up 350% from its 2009 low (ahead of the 285% gain for the S&P), yet still well off its highs. But to look for a 'lucky if prices only drop 50%,' misses what a canary-in-the-mine sector like Semis has done in a weak economic environment.

In this article: IWM, SOXX, SPY, QQQ
Higher Volume Selling, And Bearish Engulfing Pattern In Russell 2000 And Semiconductor Index
5 years ago
Thanks Moon Kil Woong, I like to pair semiconductor action with Nasdaq 100 as a tech-style Dow Theory.
In this article: COMP, SPX, SOX
Daily Market Commentary: Semiconductors Advance
5 years ago
If buyers keep a bid under Semiconductors then it's not slowing. Shorts may be happy to watch a break before getting aggressive: a 'bull trap' (i.e. a closing break above 652, followed by a close below 652 on higher volume) could prove opportune. However, as things stand now, bulls have the advantage.
In this article: COMP, NDX, SOX
S&P Disappoints, But Nasdaq And Russell 2000 Play To Form
5 years ago
Thanks Susan!
In this article: COMP, SPX, SOX
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UI/UX Developer
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March 2015 - Present (5 years 5 months)

Front-end designer for business intelligence platforms covering financial market surveillance. 

Editor and Contributor
2005 - Present (15 years 9 months)
Analyzing market trends. Specialist in U.S. Markets and #sectorbreadth analysis.
Senior Market Technician
October 2012 - March 2015 (2 years 6 months)

Product specialist and marketing researcher. Improving dealer-client relationships by maximizing returns in the market.

Community Director
October 2007 - March 2015 (7 years 7 months)

Financial market technician and strategist. Social media and community development.


Market Technician Association
Technical Analysis
2004 / 2007
Completed level I, II, and III examinations for Chartered Market Technician (CMT) qualification
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
1993 / 1998
Trinity College Dublin
1989 / 1993