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Stock Trading Alert: Investors' Sentiment Worsens, New Downtrend or More Fluctuations?

Stock Trading Alert originally published on December 10, 2015, 6:28 AM:


 

Briefly: In our opinion, speculative short positions are favored (with stop-loss at 2,140 and profit target at 1,990, 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): bearish
Long-term outlook (next year): bullish

The U.S. stock market indexes gained 0.3-0.4% on Wednesday, as investors reacted to some economic data releases. Our yesterday's bearish intraday outlook has proved accurate. The S&P 500 index extends its consolidation following October rally, as it continues to trade below resistance level of 2,100. The next important level of resistance is at around 2,130, marked by late May all-time high. On the other hand, support level is at 2,020-2,050:

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 0.3-0.4%. The main European stock market indexes have been mixed so far. Investors will now wait for the Initial Claims number release at 8:30 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract (CFD) trades within an intraday uptrend, as it retraces some of yesterday's move down. The nearest important level of resistance is at 2,060-2,070, and support level is at around 2,030-2,040, as the 15-minute chart shows:

S&P500 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract (CFD) follows a similar path, as it bounces off support level of 4,600. On the other hand, level of resistance is at 4,650, among others, 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 move down yesterday, as investors reacted to economic data releases. We continue to maintain our speculative short position (2,088.35, S&P 500 index). Stop-loss is at 2,140 and potential profit target is at 1,990 (S&P 500 index). 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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