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Today's Trackdown: Thursday - April 23, 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 +456.94 at 23475.82, Nasdaq +232.15 at 8495.39, S&P +62.75 at 2799.31

News to keep in mind Thursday morning:

  • Virus headlines and the reaction to them will continue to run the markets.
  • Futures trade vs fair value were trading slightly lower late last night.
  • Still unpredictable! But we have successfully held above the SPY 270 support level.
  • Dow -20, S&P -5, Nasdaq -28, Russell -1.
  • 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.

Today's Economic Calendar:

8:30 AM ET, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for a 4.150 million initial claims, down from 5.245 million the previous week.

10:00 AM, New Home Sales for March from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for 645 thousand SAAR, down from 765 thousand in February.

11:00 AM, the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for April.


(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 nice rally higher on Wednesday. We dd not have any changes to our charts. Our support level at 270 is still strong and we give it good chance of holding up. Yesterday we said: "there is a good chance the dip will be bought". Well it got bought today very nicely. So are we getting back to dip buying again? To soon to tell.

Keep watching the 50-day moving average. The 50-day MA is just above us now, buy that line is moving in a downward direction. You can find the daily change of the 50-day MA just above the chart. It may be just a matter of time before we break back above it again. Why is the 50-day MA so important? Keeping an eye on the 50-day MA is important as many market technicians use this as their main go to benchmark as well as computer trading algorithms.

* 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. *


  • No big changes - 270 support looking strong though.


  • We are still way under the old highs.
  • We are over the 20-day moving average.
  • We have held support (270).
  • The Money Flow is slightly 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 Vix is still high.


  • It appears the dips should be bought. (As hard as that is for some to believe).
  • 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). Some states are starting to open things back up, keep an eye on how this goes.
  • 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 will try to update this soon.

  • Current favorites: $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 yesterday!!), $KPTI - Karyopharm, $TGTX - TG Therapeutics.
  • If your thinking longer-term/income: $T - AT&T is worth a look - high dividend yield.
  • New ideas: $BFYT - Benefytt Tech, $CRWD - CrowdStrike.

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

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


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

MA +/-: The 50-day MA (281.53)(-1.07) and the 200-day MA (297.76)(-0.06)

On the 9-month chart below, we are looking at a severe and quick drop of the market and then a rebound.

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

280 - Was the next obvious spot for resistance as well as the 50-day moving average (281.53). These are the two levels to either break back above or get turned back down by.

* Continue to use caution - Still many unknowns. *

Disclosure: I may trade in the ticker symbols mentioned, both long or short. My articles represent my personal opinion and analysis and should not be taken as investment advice. Readers should do their own research before making decisions to buy or sell securities. Trading and investing include risks, including loss of principal.

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