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Stock Trading Alert: Stocks Remain Close To Record Highs, Which Direction Is Next?

Stock Trading Alert originally published on September 8,  2016, 6:48 AM:


 

Briefly: In our opinion, speculative short positions are favored (with stop-loss at 2,210, and profit target at 2,050, S&P 500 index).

Our intraday outlook is bearish, and our short-term outlook is bearish. Our medium-term outlook is now 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 were virtually flat on Wednesday, as investors hesitated following recent move up. The S&P 500 index continues to trade close to its all-time high of 2,193.81. For now, it looks like a short-term consolidation following June - July rally. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,190-2,200. On the other hand, support level is at 2,160-2,170, marked by short-term local lows. The next support level remains at 2,150. Will the market continue higher? Or is this some kind of a topping pattern before downward reversal? There have been no confirmed negative signals so far:

S&P500 Futures Daily Chart
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Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are virtually flat. The 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 trades within an intraday consolidation, as it remains close to all-time high. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,190-2,200. On the other hand, support level is at 2,175-2,180, among others, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

S&P500 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract follows a similar path, as it currently trades close to all-time high. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 4,840-4,850. On the other hand, support level remains at 4,800-4,820, marked by previous level of resistance, as the 15-minute chart shows:

NASDAQ100 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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Concluding, the broad stock market trades close to all-time high again, as the S&P 500 index retraces its late August move down. Will the S&P 500 index continue its long-term uptrend following over month-long fluctuations? Or is this a topping pattern? We still can see overbought conditions accompanied by negative technical divergences. Therefore, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (opened on July 18th at 2,162, S&P 500 index). Stop-loss level is at 2,210 and potential profit target is at 2,050 (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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