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Stock Trading Alert: Mixed Expectations Following Last Week's Uncertainty - Which Direction Is Next?

Stock Trading Alert originally published on June 1, 2015, 6:24 AM:


 

Briefly: In our opinion, speculative short positions are favored (with stop-loss at 2,140, and profit target at 1,980, S&P 500 index)

Our intraday outlook is bearish, and our short-term outlook is bearish:

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): bullish

The U.S. stock market indexes lost 0.6% on Friday, as investors reacted to worse-than-expected quarterly GDP number release, among others. The S&P 500 index remains relatively close to its May 20 all-time high of 2,134.72, as it fluctuates along the level of 2,100. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,130-2,135, and support level is at 2,100. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far, however, we can see negative technical divergences:

S&P500 Daily Chart
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Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are virtually flat, with index futures currently up 0.1%. The main European stock market indexes have lost 0.1-0.5% so far. Investors will now wait for some economic data announcements: Personal Income, Personal Spending, PCE - Prices Core number at 8:30 a.m., ISM Index, Construction Spending at 10:00 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract (CFD) trades within an intraday consolidation, following Friday's move down. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,110-2,115, marked by local highs. On the other hand, support level is at 2,100, as the 15-minute chart shows:

S&P500 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract (CFD) fluctuates along the level of 4,500, following recent decline. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 4,530, and support level is at 4,495-4,500, marked by local lows, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

NASDAQ 100 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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Concluding, the broad stock market extended its short-term consolidation on Friday, as the S&P 500 index got closer to the level of 2,100 again. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (2,098.27, S&P 500 index), as we expect a downward correction or an uptrend reversal. Stop-loss is at 2,140, and potential profit target is at 1,980. You can trade S&P 500 index using futures contracts (S&P 500 futures contract - SP, E-mini S&P 500 futures contract - ES) or an ETF like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF - SPY. It is always important to set some exit price level in case some events cause the price to move in the unlikely direction. Having safety measures in place helps limit potential losses while letting the gains grow.

Thank you.

 

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