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Today's Trackdown: Friday - April 17, 2020

SPY Charts and some Technical Analysis

News to keep in mind Today - Today's Economic Calendar - The Charts - Opinion & Stock Picks.

Previous market day....End of Day Brief....(click here)... Dow +33.33 at 23537.68, Nasdaq +139.19 at 8532.37, S&P +16.19 at 2799.55

News to keep in mind Friday morning:

  • Virus headlines and the reaction to them are running the markets.
  • Futures trade vs fair value were trading MUCH HIGHER late last night as traders got positive virus drug news from Gilead ($GILD) and news that Boeing ($BA) is resuming some production next week.
  • Still unpredictable! But we have successfully held above the SPY 260 support and broken over the resistance at 270.
  • If the huge advance in futures holds we will break over 280! Wow!
  • Dow +780, S&P +79, Nasdaq +155, Russell +62.
  • The biggest factors in the market right now are; Coronavirus headlines, when the economy will re-open, the Fed, the Global Economy and Global Geopolitical conflicts.
  • Keeping an eye on the VIX - the CBOE Volatility Index had spiked due to virus fears. When the Vix peaks, the market bottoms. (Looks like this has already happened).

Today's Economic Calendar:

10:00 AM: State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for March 2019


(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 ended up having a good day led by large cap tech stocks. Biggest news was after the close and has overnight futures soaring higher. We have some positive change to our charts. Our support level has been raised up to 260, with 270 quickly becoming a support level also. We mark 280 as 'wow' and will wait and see what happens.

Our next concern to watch out for is the 50-day moving average. The 50-day MA is just up above us and maybe a level of stronger resistance. Keeping an eye on the 50-day MA is important as many market technicians use this as their main go to benchmark. The futures overnight has us opening just above the 50-day, but will we stay above it or fade back under it during the trading on Friday?

* We may stay under the control of virus headlines, so keep an eye on them.
* Much will depend on how soon the economy is opened back up and how much damage was caused by the shutdowns.

* Don't risk to much for awhile, there is still a lack of SANITY in the markets. For the moment, the market will still be like a casino. Some trading is fairly close to outright gambling. Don't hold your breath waiting for normal market action to return, but be ready to make some trades when it does.

IF wanting to gamble: Options trades on these ETFs will give you a way to place your bets. $TQQQ - $SQQQ - $SPXL - $SPXS - $TNA

* Beware - levered ETFs are subject to decay and are not for long-term holding. *


  • We raised our support level to 260 and 270 is quickly becoming the next level of support.
  • The Money Flow has gained positive momentum.


  • We are still way under the old highs.
  • The MACD is rising.
  • We are over the 20-day moving average.
  • We have held support (260) and broken over resistance (270).
  • The Money Flow is currently positive.


  • We are under the 50-day moving average.
  • The 50-day moving average is declining.
  • We are under the 200-day moving average
  • The Stochastics are high/overbought.
  • The Vix still is high, even though it has come down some.


  • Beware we are short-term overbought according to the Stochastics. But, the MACD is currently strong and the Money Flow has gone more positive due to recent rallies.
  • Keep using caution, maybe defensive. We still have a bunch of uncertainties.
  • Look for trading opportunities with this high volatility!
  • Be aware that we are susceptible to large pullbacks or dips with the current high level of volatility.
  • The U.S. economy is uncertain. We must keep an eye on how much the virus slows it down and for how long. (Currently an unknown).
  • After any big sell-offs or dips - look for names that are oversold to buy. Have your trading lists ready.

STOCKS: (Our most recent FULL Trading List was posted here).

  • We like: $AMRN - Amarin, $AUPH - Aurinia Pharma, $COLL - Collegium, $EPZM - Epizyme, $EXEL - Exelixis, $HZNP - Horizon Pharma (if under 32), $IOVA - Iovance (constant buyout rumors), $IMMU - Immunomedics (FDA approval date coming soon), $KPTI - Karyopharm, $TGTX - TG Therapeutics.
  • If your thinking longer-term/income: $T - AT&T is worth a look - high dividend yield.
  • New ideas: $CVS, $BFYT, $CRWD.

* Feel free to share your list/picks in the comments below.

* Currently some of the market action is "unpredictable or irrational". Keep that in mind if trading. *

Using some caution: * Meaning - Do not use MARGIN at this time unless absolutely certain of your trade!. *


The MACD is rising. The Stochastics are high/overbought. The Money Flow is positive.

MA +/-: The 50-day MA (285.64)(-0.96) and the 200-day MA (298.02)(-0.06)

On the 9-month chart below, we are looking at a severe and quick drop of the market and the rebound. All previous patterns are broken and voided.

The 260 support line is now 'confirmed' and 270 is becoming support. It would be a good technical sign for the markets if we stay above 270.

280 is the next obvious spot for resistance as well as the 50-day moving average (285.64).

* Continue to use caution - Still many unknowns. *

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