Thursday update

SHORT TERM: market declines after higher open, DOW -72

Overnight the Asian markets gained 0.3%. Europe opened higher, but lost 0.3%. US index futures were lower overnight. At 8:30 weekly jobless claims were reported lower: 234K v 247K, housing starts were reported higher: 1226K v 1090K, building permits was reported higher: 1210K v 1201K, and the Philly FED was reported higher: 23.6 v 21.5. The market opened 2 points above yesterday’s SPX 2272 close and immediately began to pullback. By 11am the SPX hit 2265, bounced to 2270 by 11:30, then dropped even lower. Around 2:30 the SPX hit 2258, then bounced to close at 2264.

For the day the SPX/DOW lost 0.35%, and the NDX/NAZ lost 0.20%. Bonds dropped 21 ticks, Crude rose 25 cents, Gold slipped $1, and the USD was higher. Medium term support drops back to the 2212 and 2177 pivots, with resistance again at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Today the Q4 GDP estimate was reported unchanged at 2.8%. Tonight there is a speech from FED chair Yellen at 8pm, and tomorrow is options expiration. Also on Friday, Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the new POTUS.

The market opened slightly higher today and then declined to within 4 points of last week’s SPX 2254 low. While the SPX/NDX/NAZ have remained in a tight range, or made new uptrend highs, today the DOW traded at its lowest level since the first week of December. The uptrend leader in November/December continues to lag. The SPX, after making a new all-time high at 2282 in the first week of January has displayed nothing but choppy sideways activity since. The recent SPX action looks similar to the choppy action before the declines in September/October. Short term support is at SPX 2254 and SPX 2245, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Short term momentum dropped from overbought early to quite oversold at the low. Trade what’s in front of you!

MEDIUM TERM: downtrend underway?

LONG TERM: uptrend

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Wednesday update

SHORT TERM: quiet sideways day, DOW -22

Overnight the Asian markets gained 0.6%. Europe opened higher and gained 0.3%. US index futures were flat overnight. At 8:30 the CPI was reported higher: 0.3% v 0.2%, and at 9:15 industrial production was reported higher: 0.8% v -0.4%. The market opened 1 point above yesterday’s SPX 2268 close, then immediately dropped to yesterday’s 2263 low in the opening minutes. After that it started to drift higher. At 10am the NAHB was reported lower: 67 v 70. At 10:30 the SPX hit 2270, and started to drift lower. At 2pm the FED’s: https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook/default.htm. At 3pm https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/yellen20170118a.htm. After hitting SPX 2266 by 1pm the market rallied to 2272 at the close.

For the day the SPX/DOW were mixed, and the NDX/NAZ gained 0.25%. Bonds lost 26 ticks, Crude dropped $1.15, Gold slid $10, and the USD was higher. Medium term support rises back to the 2270 and 2212 pivots, with resistance at the 2286 and 2231 pivots. Tomorrow: weekly jobless claims, housing starts, building permits, and the Philly FED all at 8:30. Then a speech from FED chair Yellen at 8pm.

The market opened flat today, dropped to yesterday’s SPX 2263 low, then closed at yesterday’s 2272 high. Same range, 2263-2272, two days in a row. During today’s decline, however, the DOW, which was the leader during the entire uptrend, made a lower low than yesterday, a lower low than last week, and came within 20 points of reaching the end of December low (SPX 2234 equivalent). Tech which was the laggard during the uptrend is again close to making new highs. The tug of war continues in the choppy environment. Short term support rises to the 2270 pivot and SPX 2254, with resistance at the 2286 and 2321 pivots. Short term momentum reached overbought at today’s close. Trade what’s in front of you!

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

LONG TERM: uptrend

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Tuesday update

SHORT TERM: lower open on pullback Tuesday, DOW -59

Overnight the Asian markets lost 0.4%. Europe opened lower and lost 0.7%. US index futures were lower yesterday, and overnight, and at 8:30 the NY FED was reported lower: 6.5 v 9.0. The market opened 7 points below Friday’s SPX 2275 close, ticked down to 2265 by 10am, then tried to rally. After hitting SPX 2272 by 10:30 the market went into a 4 point trading range, and hit 2272 again by 1:30. After that it headed even lower. Around 3pm the SPX hit 2263, then bounced to close at 2268.

For the day the SPX/DOW lost 0.30%, and the NDX/NAZ lost 0.45%. Bonds gained 16 ticks, Crude added 15 cents, Gold rallied $17, and the USD was lower. Medium term support drops again to the 2212 and 2177 pivots, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Tomorrow: the CPI at 8:30, industrial production (est. 0.7%) at 9:15, the NAHB at 10am, the FED’s beige book at 2pm, then a speech from FED chair Yellen at 3pm. Full day!

The market opened lower to start the holiday shortened options expiration week. After hitting SPX 2265, it bounced to 2272, then hit 2263 just before a 2269 close. Last week’s entire trading range, SPX 2254-2279, which occurred within 24 hours, has already been retraced 61.8% at today’s low. Market movement continues to look like choppy corrective activity. Short term support drops back to SPX 2254 and SPX 2245, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Short term momentum ended the day with a slight positive divergence. Trade what’s in front of you!

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

LONG TERM: uptrend

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weekend update

REVIEW

The market started the week at SPX 2177. After a quiet session Monday the market inched up to SPX 2279 by Tuesday. Then Wednesday and Thursday the SPX declined to 2254. After that low the market rallied back to SPX 2279 on Friday and ended the week at 2275. For the week the SPX/DOW lost 0.25%, and the NDX/NAZ gained 1.0%. Economic reports for the week were positive. On the downtick: import prices, consumer sentiment, Q4 GDP est., plus weekly jobless claims rose. On the uptick: consumer credit, business/wholesale inventories, export prices, the PPI, retail sales, and the WLEI. Next week’s economic highlights include: industrial production, the FED’s beige book, and the NY/Philly FED.

LONG TERM: uptrend

Not much has changed on the long term count, with only a 2 point decline in the SPX and a 25 point trading range for the entire week. Major wave 1, of a five Major wave Primary III bull market, continues to unfold. Thus far Intermediate waves i and ii have completed, with Intermediate wave iii underway. Int. iii is subdividing into five Minor waves, with Minor waves 1 and 2 completed and Minor 3 underway. The question remains if Minor 3 is also subdividing into five Minute waves, since the current uptrend is much shorter than expected for all of Minor 3.

spxweekly

Thus far this uptrend has advanced 198 SPX points over the past 2 months. Minor wave 1 was 202 SPX points, and Intermediate wave i was 301 SPX points. That makes this uptrend currently the shortest of the three and not likely all of Minor 3, unless the uptrend extends in time and price. Two possible scenarios are noted below. One suggesting that it will extend (daily section), and one suggesting that it will subdivide (hourly section). We’ll let the market decide which one unfolds, as it makes little difference in the long-term trend.

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

This uptrend, that began in early November at SPX 2084, has become quite choppy in recent weeks. Usually this is an indication of a completed uptrend, with a downtrend to follow. Sometimes it is only a period of consolidation after five waves up in an extended uptrend.

spxdaily

The sometimes scenario, that occurs when an uptrend is about to extend in time and price, is that the market is simply going through a consolidation period before it turns higher again. This would account for the choppiness with limited downside damage, and the repeated attempts to make new highs. We can count five waves up from SPX 2084 to SPX 2278, as noted in the above chart. After that we can count an ‘a’ wave down to SPX 2234, followed by a ‘b’ wave to SPX 2282. If completed, a ‘c’ wave down could find support at SPX 2234 again, for an irregular flat, or decline to the 2212 pivot range for an irregular zigzag. Under this scenario the market would have worked off its overbought condition, with limited damage in price, before it resumes to much higher prices and extends in time. Medium term support is at the 2270 and 2212 pivots, with resistance at the 2286 and 2321 pivots.

SHORT TERM

In the first week of January this uptrend reached the typical, for this bull market, two month duration. Since that SPX 2282 high the market has displayed a series of choppy waves, with a gradual drift to the downside until the low on Thursday at SPX 2254. After Thursday’s low the market rallied to SPX 2279 – within a few points of the all-time high again. It had hit that level on Tuesday as well.

spxhourly

With the negative divergence in the daily MACD we suspect, under the usual scenario, that the market is forming an uptrend top before a downtrend kicks in. The typical decline for downtrends in this bull market is about 5%. This would place support around the SPX 2177 pivot. Under either scenario it would appear the choppiness will continue until the SPX retraces back to SPX 2234, or declines further. Short term support is at the 2270 pivot and SPX 2254, with resistance at the 2286 and 2231 pivots. Short term momentum ended the week just below overbought.

FOREIGN MARKETS

Asian markets were mixed on the week but gained 0.4%.

European markets were mostly higher and gained 0.3%.

The DJ World index gained 0.7% on the week.

COMMODITIES

Bonds look like they may have started an uptrend and gained 0.3% on the week.

Crude continues to uptrend but lost 3.0%.

Gold is in an uptrend and gained 1.9%.

The USD may have started a downtrend and lost 1.0% on the week.

NEXT WEEK

Monday: holiday. Tuesday: NY FED. Wednesday: the CPI, industrial production, the NAHB, the FED’s beige book, and speech from FED chair Yellen. Thursday: weekly jobless claims, housing starts, building permits, the Philly FED, and another speech from FED chair Yellen. Friday: options expiration. Best to your 3-day weekend and week!

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Friday update

SHORT TERM: higher open rally stalls, DOW -5

Overnight the Asian markets gained 0.4%. Europe opened higher and gained 0.9%. US index futures were higher overnight. At 8:30 the PPI was reported higher: 0.3% v 0.4%, and retail sales were reported higher: 0.6% v 0.1%. The market opened 5 points above yesterday’s SPX 2270 close, then rose to 2279 in the opening minutes. At 10am business inventories were reported higher: 0.7% v -0.2%, and consumer sentiment was reported lower: 98.1 v 98.2. The market then started to pullback. Around 2:30 the SPX hit 2272, then bounced to close at 2275.

For the day the SPX/DOW were mixed, and the NDX/NAZ gained 0.40%. Bonds lost 7 ticks, Crude slid 50 cents, Gold rose $3, and the USD was lower. Medium term support is at the 2270 and 2212 pivots, with resistance at the 2286 and 2321 pivots. Today the WLEI was reported higher: 62.2 v 62.0, and the Q4 GDP estimate was lowered: 2.8% v 2.9%.

The market opened higher today, rallied to SPX 2279 in the opening minutes, then drifted lower for the rest of the day. Another Monday holiday ahead, third one in 4 weeks, probably the cause for the drifting. Today’s high, however, did reach Tuesday’s SPX 2279 high, suggesting yesterday’s SPX 2254 low could have ended a small wave decline from SPX 2282. Overall the market pattern still looks choppy, and the weekend update will cover two possible scenarios. Best to your three-day weekend!

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

LONG TERM: uptrend

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Thursday update

SHORT TERM: choppy activity continues, DOW -63

Overnight the Asian markets lost 0.5%. Europe opened lower and lost 0.5% as well. US index futures were lower overnight too. At 8:30 weekly jobless claims were reported higher: 247K v 235K, and export (0.4% v 0.2%)/import prices (-0.2% v -0.1%) were reported mixed. The market opened 7 points below yesterday’s SPX 2275 close and continued to decline. Around 11am the SPX hit its lowest level in more than a week at 2254. After that the market started to rally. The rally continued throughout the afternoon, and the SPX hit 2272 just before a 2270 close.

For the day the SPX/DOW lost 0.25%, and the NDX/NAZ lost 0.25%. Bonds gained 4 ticks, Crude rose 80 cents, Gold rallied $4, and the USD was lower. Medium term support drops back to the 2212 and 2177 pivots, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Tomorrow: the PPI and retail sales (est. +0.8% v 0.1%)  at 8:30, then business inventories and consumer sentiment at 10am.

The market opened to the downside and continued to decline until hitting SPX 2254. After finding support there it rallied all the way back into the SPX 2270’s. Day traders delight. As noted yesterday we continue to observe declining highs and lows since the SPX 2282 all-time high. Not exactly what one would expect to see in a rising fifth wave. Unless of course, that fifth wave has concluded and the market is now in pullback/correction mode. This market needs a breakout soon, or it is likely headed for another 5% correction. Short term support is now at SPX 2254 and SPX 2245, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Short term momentum rose from oversold early to just above neutral. Trade what’s in front of you!

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

LONG TERM: uptrend

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Wednesday update

SHORT TERM: choppy activity continues, DOW +99

Overnight the Asian markets gained 0.7%. Europe opened lower but gained 0.3%. US index futures were relatively flat overnight and the SPX opened 1 point below yesterday’s 2269 close. Right after the open the market rose to SPX 2275 just before 11am. Then the market started to selloff when Trump made some negative comments on drug prices during his press conference. By 11:30 the SPX hit 2261. Then after a rebound to SPX 2273 around noon, a retest of 2261 occurred at 1:30. Then the market rallied into a SPX 2275 close.

For the day the SPX/DOW gained 0.40%, and the NDX/NAZ gained 0.25%. Bonds added 2 ticks, Crude rose $1.45, Gold added $4, and the USD was lower. Medium term support rises to the 2270 and 2212 pivots, with resistance at the 2286 and 2321 pivots. Tomorrow: export/import prices and weekly jobless claims at 8:30, then the budget deficit at 2pm.

The market opened flat today, bounced, dropped to SPX 2261, bounced, and then retested 2261 before rising in the afternoon. As noted yesterday’s the price action in the market has remained choppy for some time now, as the DOW has struggled with 20K and the SPX with the 2270/2286 pivots. Yesterday looked like it could have been a pivotal day, with the sudden SPX reversal after hitting 2279. Today the choppiness started displaying a negative slant, as the highs/lows are becoming lower and lower. From last week’s SPX 2282 all-time high the waves have slanted downward: 2265-2279-2261-2273-2261-2275. Today we updated the hourly/daily charts to display a possible uptrend high at SPX 2282, and noted a negative divergence in the daily MACD which is similar to previous uptrend highs. Unless the market can manage to clear the 2286 pivot, a downtrend could be underway. Short term support is now at the 2270 pivot and SPX 2261, with resistance still at the 2286 and 2321 pivots. Short term momentum hit oversold at today’s low then bounced to nearly overbought. Trade what’s in front of you!

MEDIUM TERM: uptrend

LONG TERM: uptrend

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