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Today's Trackdown: Friday - May 22, 2020

SPY Charts and some Technical Analysis

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

News to keep in mind Friday morning:

  • Futures trade vs fair value were trading lower late last night.  China causes the Hong Kong market to decline as they tighten security.
  • We have stayed above SPY 280 and that is a big technical win for the markets.
  • Dow -215, S&P -26, Nasdaq -89, Russell -17.
  • The next level up is the more difficult level to cross we think - the 200-day moving average. We are stuck just below this.
  • The biggest factors in the market right now are; Coronavirus headlines, how/when the economy will re-open, the Fed, the Global Economy and Global Geopolitical conflicts.
  • Keep an eye on the VIX - (CBOE Volatility Index) - (29.53). It is still elevated, but well off the higher panic like levels.

Today's Economic Calendar:

10:00 AM: State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for April 2020


(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 had a slightly lower day on Thursday with light volume. We are still staying just under the 200-day moving average. This is turning out to be a tough line to cross! On our charts we had some changes. The Stochastics are now high/overbought and the Money Flow has dropped back down to near neutral.

We are remaining just below the 200-day moving average. The 200-day moving average (297.22) is the next level of resistance. This level could be strong resistance as it is a heavily watched and significant level. It is no coincidence that the market rallies get turned back just below this level.

* We could be in a large trading range for a while with 200-day MA as the top line and the 50-day MA or SPY 280 as the bottom line.

* Don't risk to much, there is still a lack of CERTAINTY in the markets. *

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  • The Stochastics are now high/overbought.
  • The Money Flow dropped to neutral.


  • We are over the 20-day moving average.
  • We are over the 50-day moving average.
  • The 50-day moving average is rising.
  • We have held above support at 280.


  • We are under the 200-day moving average.
  • The Vix is still high / above 20.


  • Currently we are above the 50-day MA and SPY 280. (Bullish).
  • 280 is currently support. (Bullish).
  • Next resistance level is the 200-day MA. Just under it now!
  • On a technical basis we are in good shape, but the 200-day MA maybe hard to get over.

  • Be aware that we are susceptible to large drops or dips with the current level of uncertainty.
  • Look for trading opportunities that could result due to higher volatility!
  • Have your trading lists ready.

* Using caution = Do not use MARGIN at this time unless absolutely certain of your trade! *


The MACD is neutral. The Stochastics are neutral. The Money Flow is slightly positive.

MA +/- (slope): The 50-day MA (271.38)(+0.44) and the 200-day MA (297.22)(+0.06)

On the 9-month chart below, we are looking at a severe and quick drop of the market and then a rebound. About half the losses were recovered and then a sideways period brings us to where we are today.

The 280 line is now considered as support. It is a good technical sign for the markets that we have stayed above 280.

A large triangle is drawn on the chart. We appear to be staying above this triangle. (Bullish).

* Continue to use caution - Still many unknowns. *

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