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Stock Trading Alert: More Short-Term Uncertainty As Stocks Get Close To Record High

Stock Trading Alert originally published on April 27,  2017, 6:56 AM:


 

Briefly: In our opinion, speculative short positions are favored (with stop-loss at 2,410, and profit target at 2,200, S&P 500 index).

Our intraday outlook is bearish, and our short-term outlook is bearish. Our medium-term outlook remains 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 indexes lost 0.1% on Wednesday, slightly retracing their recent rally, as investors took some short-term profits off the table, following quarterly earnings releases, tax cuts plan announcement, among others. The S&P 500 index got close to its March 1 all-time high of 2,400.98, before bouncing off resistance level. It has closed around 0.5% below record high. Will it continue its eight-year-long bull market? The Dow Jones Industrial Average remained close to the level of 21,000, and relatively stronger technology Nasdaq Composite index remained above the level of 6,000, as it fluctuated along new record high. The nearest important level of support of the S&P 500 index is now at 2,375-2,380, marked by Tuesday's daily gap up of 2,376.98-2,381.15. The next support level is at 2,355-2,370, marked by Monday's daily gap up. The support level is also at around 2,350, marked by recent short-term consolidation. On the other hand, the nearest important level of resistance is at 2,400, marked by record high, among others. We can see some volatility following five-month-long rally off last year's November low at around 2,100. Is this a topping pattern before medium-term downward reversal? The uptrend accelerated on March 1 and it looked like a blow-off top pattern accompanied by some buying frenzy. The S&P 500 index is currently trading along its medium-term upward trend line, as we can see on the daily chart:

S&P500 Daily Chart
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Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are virtually flat, with index futures currently between 0.0% and +0.1%. The European stock markets have lost 0.2-0.6% so far. Investors will now wait for more quarterly corporate earnings releases and some economic data announcements: Initial Claims, Durable Orders at 8:30 a.m., Pending Home Sales at 10:00 a.m. The market expects that Durable Orders number grew 1.5% in March, and the Initial Claims were at 241,000 last week. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday consolidation following yesterday's decline. The nearest important level of support is at around 2,380, marked by local lows. The next support level is at 2,365-2,375, marked by Monday's intraday consolidation. On the other hand, the nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,390-2,400, marked by March topping consolidation, and an all-time high slightly above 2,400 mark. Will the market break above almost two-month long consolidation? Or is this just another upward correction? We can see some medium-term negative technical divergences, but will they lead to a downward correction?

S&P500 15-Minute Chart
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The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract remains relatively stronger than the broad stock market, as it currently trades slightly below its new record high of around 5,560. The nearest important support level is at around 5,500-5,520, marked previous level of resistance. The next level of support remains at 5,480, marked by short-term local lows. On the other hand, level of resistance is at around 5,550-5,560. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some short-term overbought conditions:

NASDAQ100 Futures 15-Minute Chart
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Concluding, the S&P 500 index got close to the level of 2,400 yesterday, before closing slightly lower vs. its Tuesday's closing price. Is this a new short-term downtrend or just quick profit-taking action before another leg up? Will the index continue towards new record highs? Or is this just an upward move within almost two-month-long consolidation? The index is currently trading slightly below five-month-long medium-term upward trend line. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we still can see medium-term negative technical divergences. Therefore, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (opened on February 15 at 2,335.58 - opening price of the S&P 500 index). Stop-loss level is at 2,410 and potential profit target is at 2,200 (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.

To summarize: short position in S&P 500 index is justified from the risk/reward perspective with the following entry prices, stop-loss orders and profit target price levels:

S&P 500 index - short position: profit target level: 2,200; stop-loss level: 2,410
S&P 500 futures contract (June) - short position: profit target level: 2,197; stop-loss level: 2,407
SPY ETF (SPDR S&P 500, not leveraged) - short position: profit target level: $220; stop-loss level: $241
SDS ETF (ProShares UltraShort S&P500, leveraged: -2x) - long position: profit target level: $15.47; stop-loss level: $12.98

Thank you.

 

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