SHORT TERM: pullback continues, DOW -14
Overnight the Asian markets lost 0.1%. Europe opened lower and lost 0.1% as well. US index futures were slightly higher overnight. At 8:30 weekly jobless claims were reported lower: 265K v 275K, and the trade deficit was reported higher: -$65.3B v -$62.0B. The market opened 3 points above yesterday’s SPX 2250 close, ticked up to 2255, and then started to pullback. Just past noon the SPX hit 2245. Then after a bounce to SPX 2251 by 2:30, the market dipped to end the day at 2249.
For the day the SPX/DOW lost 0.05%, and the NDX/NAZ lost 0.15%. Bonds gained 9 ticks, Crude slipped 30 cents, Gold rallied $14, and the USD was lower. Medium term support remains at the 2212 and 2177 pivots, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Tomorrow: the Chicago PMI at 9:45.
The market opened a bit higher, hit SPX 2255, then declined to 2245 around noon. The SPX 2245 level suggests, if a rally gets underway, that the 10+ day choppy activity ended in a complex flat. There was a slight short term positive divergence at today’s low setting up that possibility. Should the market clear today’s SPX 2255 high, then the possibility improves. If not, then the three lower support levels noted yesterday SPX: 2243, 2233 and 2221, come into play. Short term support is at those levels, with resistance at the 2270 and 2286 pivots. Tomorrow is the last trading day of the month, quarter, and the year. Happy New Year!
MEDIUM TERM: uptrend
LONG TERM: uptrend