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Today's Trackdown: Wednesday - Feb. 12, 2020

  • SPY Charts and some Technical Analysis

* - Note to readers: We switched to a slightly different format. The Brief Recap/Update on the Markets and the Charts/Technical Analysis are now separate. - *

Recap of the previous market day.... (click here).... Dow -0.48 at 29276.25, Nasdaq +10.55 at 9638.96, S&P +5.66 at 3357.75

News to keep in mind Wednesday morning:

  • Futures trade vs fair value were trading slightly higher late last night.
  • Dow +40, S&P +5, Nasdaq +25, Russell +3.
  • The biggest factors in the market right now are; Coronavirus headlines, the Fed, the Global Economy and Global Geopolitical conflicts.
  • Keeping an eye on the VIX - The CBOE Volatility Index has returned to normal levels. In the mid-teens, which is 'Risk-On'.

Today's Economic Calendar:

7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

10:00 AM, Testimony, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate


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

* The charts mean a bit less currently as the coronavirus news is in the headlines and can spark fears. *

The markets ended slightly higher/mixed on Tuesday as traders started the day off with good gains, but faded the rest of the day. We are at a short-term overbought on the Stochastics.


We have made new all-time highs again!


  • We are above the 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages.
  • All 3 MAs are also in the proper alignment and headed in an upward direction. This is bullish.
  • The MACD is positive.
  • The Money Flow is slightly positive.


  • The Stochastics are high/overbought.
  • We may have risen to far/to quickly.


  • Longer-term bullish. Shorter-term bullish, but using some caution. We are susceptible to some pullbacks or dips. 
  • We will keep using some caution as the coronavirus is not cured and we may have risen to new highs to fast. We would still buy the dips if any occur.
  • The  U.S. economy is doing well.

Using some caution:  * Meaning - we would not use excessive margin at this time. *

VIX:   Spiked a bit on virus fears initially, but is back down in the mid-teens. This is a 'Risk-On' level.

INDICATORS:   The MACD is positive. The Stochastics are high/overbought. The Money Flow is a slight positive now.

MA +/-:   The 50-day MA (322.94)(+0.42) and the 200-day MA (300.12)(+0.23)

On the 9-month chart below, we are in a megaphone like uptrend channel. Caution though as we are currently at the upper trend line, which is a high or overbought look. In many cases we stay in the channel either by pullbacks or by going sideways until the upper trend line catches up or a new pattern emerges. 320 is marked as a support level.


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