SHORT TERM: flat open then typical FOMC selloff, DOW -352
The first three days of the week had Asian markets -0.4%, and European markets -1.3%. US markets gapped down on Monday, and made a new downtrend low at SPX 2531. Gapped up on Tuesday, but still made a new downtrend low at SPX 2529. Opened flat on Wednesday, rallied into the 25 bps rate increase at 2pm, then made another new downtrend low at SPX 2489. Guess the market didn’t hear what it wanted to hear during the press conference. The FED did lower the number of rate increases for 2019 from 3 to 2. But did not mention anything about reducing the Quantitative Tightening, which has been draining liquidity at a rate of $50B per month. Since the next likely rate increase is not until June or even September, then it must be all about liquidity and QT now.
We can still be certain, at this juncture, the stock market is still in its first downtrend of this bear market. The OEW 2525 pivot, which was only added last week, was tested two times this week then broke today. The next OEW pivot is at 2479. Around that level Minor C equals Minor A. Strong support? Positive divergences continue to appear on the hourly and weekly charts, with oversold daily and monthly RSIs. With options expiration up next, the volatility is certainly to continue. Still a day traders markets!
MEDIUM TERM: downtrend
LONG TERM: downtrend most probable