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S&P Could Continue to Drift Sideways

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Good Morning, this is Capital Essence’s Market Outlook (the technical analysis of financial markets) for Monday October 1, 2018.

Stocks closed little changed as traders wrapped up a strong quarter.  For the day, the S&P fell marginally to 2,913.98.  Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.1 percent to 26,458.31. The Nasdaq Composite outperformed, added 0.1 percent to 8,046.35.  The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, fell mora than 2 percent to close at 12.12.


The heavily-weighted financials sector was among the worst performer last week, losing 4.1% in total.  After closing higher for 6 consecutive year since 2012, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) fell near 2 percent YTD, while the S&P surged 9 percent over the same period.  Now the question is whether recent pullback is a pause that refreshes or it’s a beginning of something worse?  Below is an update look at a trade in KBE.

The graphics below are from our “U.S. Market Trading Map”, show the near-term technical bias and trading ranges.  As shown, the underlying is in a short-term bullish trend when the price bars are painted in green.  The underlying is in a short-term bearish trend when the price bars are painted in red.  The yellow bars identify period of neutral or sideways trading pattern.  Additionally, the light-blue shading represents the short-term trading range.  A move above or below that range is considered overbought (as represents by the red shading) or oversold (as represents by the dark-green shading).  Readings above or below the red and green shaded areas are considered extremely overbought or extremely oversold.

Chart 1.1 – SPDR S&P Bank ETF (weekly)

Our “U.S. Market Trading Map” painted KBE bars in red (sell) – see area ‘A’ in the chart.  The first dominant feature on the chart is the rising trend line starting in early 2016.  The second dominant feature of the chart is the massive triangle formation since early 2018, which represents the digestion period.  Last week’s massive selloff pushed KBE below the 1-year moving average, a key support level, and the lower boundary of the 2018 triangle.  This is a negative development, suggesting that the 2018 triangle has resolved itself into a new downswing with short-term downside target near 45.60.  A close below that level has measured move to 42, based on the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the 2016 upswing.

KBE has resistance near 48.50.  Short-term traders could use that level as the logical level to measure risk against

Chart 1.2   – S&P 500 index (daily)

Short-term technical outlook shifted to slightly bearish.  Last changed September 28, 2018 from bearish (see area ‘A’ in the chart).

[Note: for more details analysis, please take a look at our “US Market ETF Trading Map”]

The big picture remains the same.  S&P continues basing sideways using the lower boundary of the pink band as support.  As it was the case over the past months, pullback to this level marked short-term market bottoms. So traders should put it on the trading radar.

Money Flow measure whipsaws around the zero line, indicating a lack of commitment. Momentum indicator had been weakened but the indicator is much closer to overbought than oversold zone.  These elements will continue negatively affect trading sentiment over the coming days.  For now, 2900 is the line in the sand.  We’d turn particular bearish if the index closes twice below that level.

Short-term trading range: 2868 to 3000.  S&P has support near 2900.  A close below that level will trigger a short-term sell signal with downside target near 2868, based on the trend channel moving average.  The index has resistance near 2940, or the lower boundary of the red band.  A close above that level could trigger acceleration toward the upper boundary of the red band, near 3000.  A close above that level often marked short-term market top so traders should put it on the trading radar.

Long-term trading range: 2730 to 3050.  S&P has support near 2840.  A close below that level will trigger a major sell signal with a downside target near 2730.  The index has resistance near 3050.

In summary, while market could continue to drift sideways as global trade concerns continue negatively affect trading sentiment, the fact that the S&P pulled back to level that had been successful in repelling price action in the past increased the probability for a short-term bounce. 2900 is the line in the sand.  A close above it is required before there is any real prospect of a change in the medium-term upward pressure.

Thanks and happy trading.

(By:Michelle Mai for Capital Essence)

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