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Stock Trading Alert: More Optimism Following Fed's Rate Decision Release - But Will It Last?

Stock Trading Alert originally published on July 30, 2015, 6:43 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 gained 0.5-0.7% on Wednesday, as investors reacted to the Fed's Rate Decision announcement. The S&P 500 index continues to trade along the level of 2,100. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,120, and the next resistance level is at 2,130-2,135, marked by late May all-time high of 2,134.72. On the other hand, level of support remains at 2,090-2,100. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far, however, we still can see negative technical divergences:

S&P500 Futures Daily Chart
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Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are positive, with index futures currently up 0.1-0.2%. The main European stock market indexes have gained 0.4-0.9% so far. Investors will now wait for some economic data announcements: Initial Claims, GDP - Advance number at 8:30 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract (CFD) trades within an intraday uptrend. The nearest important resistance level is at around 2,100-2,110, among others. On the other hand, support level is at 2,090, as the 15-minute chart shows:

S&P500 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract follows a similar path, as it retraces its yesterday's after-hours move down. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 4,580-4,600, and support level remains at 4,540-4,550, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

NASDAQ100 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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Concluding, the broad stock market extended its short-term uptrend yesterday. There have been no confirmed medium-term negative signals so far. However, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (2,098.27, S&P 500 index), as we expect a medium-term 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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