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Stock Trading Alert: Uncertainty Following Yesterday's Move Up - New Uptrend Or Just A Quick Bounce?

Stock Trading Alert originally published on Apr 10, 2014, 6:57 AM:


Briefly: In our opinion no speculative positions are justified.

Our intraday outlook remains neutral, as the market may retrace some of yesterday's move up, extending its month-long fluctuations, and our short-term outlook is neutral:

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

The U.S. stock market indexes gained between 1.1% and 1.8% on Wednesday, retracing some of their recent move down, as investors reacted to the FOMC Minutes release, hoping for prolonged easy monetary policy. The S&P 500 index trades higher within its March-April consolidation, after bouncing off the support at around 1,840-1,850. The bounce was not that much of a surprise, as we have stated in our yesterday's forecast: "(...) a downtrend reversal cannot be ruled out - the market is at the support of 1,840-1,850, marked by March consolidation, among others". The resistance remains at 1,880-1,900. There is no clear short-term trend, as we can see on the daily chart:

S&P500 Daily Chart
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Expectations before the opening of today's session are negative, with index futures currently down 0.2-0.3%. The European stock market indexes have been mixed so far. Investors will now wait for the Initial Claims data announcement at 8:30 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract (CFD) has bounced off the support at 1,830-1,840. There is some intraday resistance at around 1,865. For now, it only looks like a correction within downtrend. The resistance remains at 1,875-1,890, as the 15-minute chart shows:

S&P500 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract (CFD) has followed a similar path, bouncing off the support at 3,480-3,500. The nearest important resistance is at the psychological 3,600. The market remains in a month-long downtrend, as it keeps establishing lower lows and lower highs:

NASDAQ 100 Futures Chart
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Concluding, yesterday's move up looks corrective and there have been no confirmed signals of a new short-term uptrend so far.

Thank you.


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