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Today's Trackdown: Friday - May 25, 2018

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

Stocks were down Thursday in a more volatile session. Headline risks dealing with China trade and North Korea gave the markets some concerns.

News to keep in mind Friday morning:

  • Markets are slightly lower on all the averages in early pre-market trading.
  • At 8:50am ET - Dow futures vs fair value: -43.00. S&P futures vs fair value: -6.50. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +1.00.
  • 10-yr Treasury yields are back under 3.00% - Keep an eye on how this affects the market.
  • The VIX is up over 5% in pre-market trades

Today's Economic Calendar

8:30 Durable Goods
9:20 Fed's Powell: “Financial Stability and Central Bank Transparency”
10:00 Consumer Sentiment
11:45 Fed's Evans Speech
11:45 Fed's Bostic Speech
11:45 Fed's Kaplan Speech
1:00 PM Baker-Hughes Rig Count
SIFMA close 2:00 PM


On the SPY chart below it is important to note the SPY is still above its 50-day MA. The MACD lines are positive. The Stochastics are neutral. The Chaikin is showing a small amount of money flowing into the markets.

I am still using a trading range with support at 270 and resistance at 274. I have used the tops of the latest candles at 274, to mark the top of the short-term trading range. On Tuesday, the markets hit that 274 resistance level and reversed confirming it. The MACD is positive but could be rolling over leading to a possible downward cross. The Stochastics are neutral. Money flow is currently a slight positive for the markets. We are back to using caution buying dips and also selling the rips.

* - Tuesdays decline created a bearish engulfing candle. In pre-market trading the markets are lower with the VIX rising over 5% so far. Keep a close eye on the 270 level it needs to hold or we risk lower levels.

* - We are back on "death cross" watch. The 200-day MA is still climbing while the 50-day MA is sideways. The lines are getting closer and it is a good possibility that we do see the 50-day MA cross below the 200-day. 

In the longer term chart, we are still looking at a large declining triangle. Recently got above the declining tops line. I marked 270-275 as the latest range or congestion area to watch.

  • Nasdaq Composite +7.6% YTD
  • Russell 2000 +6.0% YTD
  • S&P 500 +2.0% YTD
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average +0.4% YTD

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