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Today's Trackdown: Friday - March 15, 2019

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

In Thursday's action:

The S&P 500 lost 2 points on Thursday in a little changed trading session. The session featured several economic releases and a good bit of company-specific news, but the market barely moved.

News to keep in mind Friday morning:

  • Futures trade vs fair value were higher late last night. Dow +94, S&P +6, Nasdaq +25, Russell +1.
  • The China trade war news and Fed watching are still the 2 biggest issues to keep an eye on.
  • Keep an eye on the VIX - The Vix is still in the teens, which is "risk on" for the markets. 
  • We are staying above the 200-day moving average on the S&P 500 - This level is now support.
  • Can we close the week above S&P 2,800? It would be a good sign going forward if we do.

Today's Economic Calendar:

Quick Notes:   (none)


The markets were little changed on Thursday and the charts have changed very little from yesterday. 

As I have been writing here for a while: "Do keep in mind 280 is major resistance line." This level will be a tough fight. Now the question - can we stay above this level now?

We are still above the 50-day moving average AND the 200-day moving average now. Both MAs are also rising. This is a good sign for the market technically when the moving averages are all headed in an upward sloping direction. In addition, we are heading towards a "golden cross" as the 50-day is poised to cross back above the 200-day.

The MACD is positive. The Stochastics are neutral/high. The Money Flow is a slight positive.

We were in a trading range with 280 as the resistance and the 200-day MA near 273 as the support. Stay tuned to see if the 280 level now becomes support!

The 50-day MA (269.55)(+.62) and the 200-day MA (273.23)(+.06) are both support levels.

On the 9-month chart below, the previous patterns are behind us. Shown now IS/WAS the resistance level at 280. Support is found at 273. We were in a 270-280 trading range. We will have to wait and see what the market does from here.

  • Russell 2000 +14.9% YTD
  • Nasdaq Composite +15.0% YTD
  • S&P 500 +12.0% YTD
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average +10.2% YTD


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