Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOXX)

SOXX Index Breaks Above Key Resistance Area; Aimed Higher

Posted in Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOXX) on December 21st, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Jim Donnelly, Olson Global Markets

Evidence of improved expectations for a more stable economic recovery may be seen by viewing a chart of the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOXX). Following a prolonged decline between the all-time high of 1999 through 2008, the SOXX Index has since turned higher from deeply oversold conditions on monthly charts. That however, is typical following such a massive selloff.

What is better news for the semiconductor area is the fact that it the SOXX Index broke above two (2) key resistance lines that both converged at the 310 level. Each of those former resistance levels had some importance. One was a trend line drawn off the all-time high set in March 2000 at 1,362 and the July 2007 intermediate high of 548. The other was a “cross” trend line drawn off a series of lows between 1995 and 2002 as well as the high print scored in July 2009.

Looking forward, the next key trend line resistance area to focus on now sits at 460. With many long-term (monthly) technical studies still locked onto “buy” signals, there appears to be a reasonable chance that a move up to the 460 level may occur over the intermediate-term. If it does, it would be one more sign that the equity marketplace and the economic are getting healthier.


The SOXX Index Getting Its Footing; Could Be In For A Run Higher

Posted in Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOXX) on July 19th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Jim Donnelly, Olson Global Markets

Following a robust rebound from the abyss experienced in March,
investors are in search of a leader or two in order to justify an
extension to the current equity recovery.

The financial sector has stabilized. Energy prices have too. Goldman
Sachs posted outsized earnings with the Bank of America and even
Citigroup coming in with better than expected numbers. This added to
the optimism despite warnings of an uncertain second half of 2009.
Still, it might well be the semiconductor sector that could offer
considerable interest to investors. After all, earnings announcements
from both Intel and IBM sparked hope that the economy may actually be
on the mend.

It is the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOXX), however, that has
caught our eye from a technical point-of-view. Since its low that was
actually set last November (2008), it appears to have found its
“footing”. Several attempts to either “retest” or break below the
November low have resulted in buyers stepping in and scooping up
bargains with deeply oversold conditions present on long-term
(monthly) charts.

In retrospect, the November low appears to have defined an important
“channel bottom” that had been in development since October 2002 …in
the wake of both the “tech crash” and 9/11. During the past few months
or so, the SOXX index has tip-toed higher, almost quietly. That said,
it is now in the process of testing key trend line resistance at the
$290.66 level drawn off the July 2007 high.

A break above that level, if it occurs, would likely lead to an
extension up to key “mid-channel” resistance which currently sits at
$322. Although that level could produce a healthy tug-of-war between
bulls and bears, long-term technical studies are bullishly positioned.

A solid break above $322, if it occurs, could conjure up thoughts of
much higher levels, including an eventual test of “channel top”
resistance at $550.

First things first, let’s see whether a set of bullish reverse Head &
Shoulders patterns on Applied Materials (AMAT), National Semiconductor
Corp. (NSM), Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), Altera Corp. (ALTR) and
Micron Technology, Inc (MU) can help the SOXX index lift above the
$290.66 level and extend up to $322.