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Positive Expectations, But Will Uptrend Continue?

June 19, 2017, 7:19 AM Paul Rejczak

Our intraday outlook is bearish, and our short-term outlook is bearish. Our medium-term outlook remains neutral, following S&P 500 index breakout above last year's all-time high:

Intraday outlook (next 24 hours): bearish
Short-term outlook (next 1-2 weeks): bearish
Medium-term outlook (next 1-3 months): neutral
Long-term outlook (next year): neutral

The U.S. stock market indexes were mixed between -0.3% and +0.1% on Friday, as investors continued to hesitate following series of economic data announcements, including last Wednesday's Fed's Rate Decision. All the main stock market indexes have reached new all-time highs recently. The S&P 500 index trades just 0.5% below its new record high of 2,446.20. It has broken above week-long consolidation along 2,400 mark. Stocks have rebounded strongly after their mid-May quick two-session sell-off and continued over eight-year-long bull market off 2009 lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average remained close to Wednesday's new record high of 21,391.97. The technology Nasdaq Composite was still relatively weaker than the broad stock market, as it lost 0.2%. It continued to fluctuate following its recent move down. The nearest important resistance level of the S&P 500 index remains at around 2,440-2,450, marked by new record high, among others. On the other hand, support level is at around 2,415-2,420, marked by previous resistance level. The next support level is at 2,400-2,410, marked by the May 25 daily gap up of 2,405.58-2,408.01, among others. The support level is also at 2,390-2,395, marked by some short-term local lows. Will the uptrend continue towards 2,500 mark? There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some overbought conditions and negative technical divergences. The S&P 500 index is currently trading within a two-week-long consolidation, as we can see on the daily chart:

Daily S&P 500 index chart - SPX, Large Cap Index

Close To Record High

Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are positive following an overnight move up, with index futures currently up 0.3-0.6% vs. their Friday's closing prices. The European stock market indexes have gained 0.6-0.9% so far. There will be no new important economic data announcements today. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday uptrend, as it gets closer to its recent local highs, and the record high along the level of 2,445. The nearest important level of resistance is at 2,440-2,445. Potential resistance level is also at 2,450. On the other hand, level of support is at 2,430, marked by Friday's closing price. The next support level remains at 2,415-2,420, marked by recent local lows. The market trades within a short-term consolidation, as it is still above the early March local high. Is this a topping pattern before downward reversal? Or just relatively flat correction within an uptrend?

S&P 500 futures contract - S&P 500 index chart - SPX

Nasdaq Is Relatively Stronger

The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract follows a similar path. It is currently trading within an intraday uptrend. The market retraces its recent move down, as it gets back above the level of 5,700 again. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 5,750-5,800, marked by recent consolidation. On the other hand, support level is at around 5,680-5,700, marked by previous level of resistance. The next important level of support is at 5,640-5,650. For now, it looks like a consolidation following recent sell-off. Will the market continue its move down, or is this some bottoming pattern before upward reversal?

Nasdaq100 futures contract - Nasdaq 100 index chart - NDX

Concluding, the S&P 500 index extended its short-term consolidation on Friday, as it remained close to record high of 2,446.20. Will the eight-year-long bull market continue? Or is this a topping pattern before some more meaningful downward correction? There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we still can see negative technical divergences, along with medium-term overbought conditions.

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Paul Rejczak
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