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Today's Trackdown: Friday - May 24, 2019

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

In Thursday's action:

U.S. stocks sold off on Thursday, with the S&P 500 dropping 34 points, as trade tensions and growth concerns produced a risk-off mindset. Oil prices fell nearly 6%, and U.S. Treasury yields dropped as investors flocked to the safe-haven asset.

News to keep in mind Friday morning:

  • Futures trade vs fair value were slightly higher late last night. Dow +27, S&P +3, Nasdaq +14, Russell +3.
  • 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 spiked again last week, but did has stayed back in the mid-teens.
  • CHINA TRADE WAR is back on - Shaking up the markets.

Today's Economic Calendar:

8:30 am Durable goods orders April
8:30 am Core capital goods orders

Quick Notes:     (none)


The markets were lower again on Thursday. The technicals are still a bit weak right now. The MACD was appearing to halt it's decline, but has continued to weaken. The Stochastics are at neutral, BUT the Money Flow is barely holding positive. We are also below the 50-day moving average.

Good news is, our strong support level at 280 is still holding up. As long as we stay above 280 on a closing basis we should be okay going forward. If not the 200-day moving average is the next possible support.

Currently I see us bouncing around in a 280-290 trading range.

The MACD is trying to bottom out. The Stochastics are neutral. The Money Flow is barely positive and has weakened noticeably.

The 50-day MA (286.81)(+.04) and the 200-day MA (275.51)(+.00)

On the 9-month chart below, the previous patterns are behind us. Shown now are the support levels at 280 and the resistance at 290. We may stay in a 280-290 trading range for awhile.

  • Nasdaq Composite +15.0% YTD
  • S&P 500 +12.6% YTD
  • Russell 2000 +11.3% YTD
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average +9.3% YTD


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