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Today's Trackdown: Wednesday - July 31, 2019

  • Brief Recap and Updates on the Markets
  • SPY Charts and some Technical Analysis

In Tuesday's action:

The stock market closed slightly lower in front of Apple's earnings report after the close and the Fed's rate decision tomorrow afternoon. The S&P 500 dropped 7 points, but still remains above the 3,000 mark.

News to keep in mind Wednesday morning:

  • Futures trade vs fair value were a bit higher late last night... Dow +59, S&P +2, Nasdaq +24, Russell +1.
  • The biggest factors in the market right now are; Global Economy, China trade talks, Fed speak, and the US Treasury markets.
  • Keep an eye on the VIX - The CBOE Volatility Index is in the low-teens which is usually considered a 'risk on' area.
  • For those who watch the VIX for clues about the market, the VIX has remained relatively low even with the volatility in stocks seems higher in the last few days/week. This could mean the market will continue drifting higher.
  • CHINA TRADE WAR remains an ongoing concern along with middle east (Iran) tensions.
  • We are in EARNINGS season. Apple earnings came out and will move the tech market higher as they were viewed positively. $AAPL

Today's Economic Calendar:

8:15 am ADP employment July
8:30 am Employment cost index Q2
8:30 am Treasury refunding  
2 pm FOMC announcement
2:30 pm Jerome Powell press conference

Quick Notes:   (none)


(NOTE: Charts are a good guide but when a tweet or news item can jerk the markets around, they mean a bit less.)

The markets were a bit lower on Tuesday, as we still await the fed decision Wednesday afternoon. On the chart, not much changed and we are still using a bit of caution. The Stochastics are a bit high, as the other indicators are pointing to a continued drift higher. We reiterate the note above, as the charts mean a bit less this week with all of the events that are scheduled.

We are still expecting that 295/296 will continue to be support and that 290 will be strong support. SPY 300 should be watched to see if it can become a support level. Market events may cause a bit of volatility this week.

The MACD is positive. The Stochastics are neutral/high. The Money Flow is positive.

The 50-day MA (291.23)(+.33) and the 200-day MA (276.23)(+.13)

On the 9-month chart below, the previous patterns are behind us. Shown now is the support level at 290 and the new support level at 296. SPY 300 level has a chance of becoming a new support level depending on this week's events.

  • Nasdaq Composite +24.7% YTD
  • S&P 500 +20.2% YTD
  • Russell 2000 +17.6% YTD
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average +16.6% YTD


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