Saturday, 25 March 2017

Weekend update - US weekly indexes

It was a bearish week for US equities, with net weekly declines ranging from -2.6% (R2K), -1.5% (Dow, NYSE comp'), to -1.2% (Nasdaq comp'). Near term outlook offers renewed upside into April earnings, at least to the sp'2425/50 zone. The French election will be a clear threat to the US and other world markets, but should be brief like the BREXIT event.

Lets take our regular look at six of the main US indexes


The sp' saw a net weekly decline of -34pts (1.4%) to 2343 (intra week low 2335). Its notable we still saw a weekly close above the key 10MA, which has broadly held since early Nov'. Underlying MACD (blue bar histogram) ticked lower for a third consecutive week. There is a threat of a bearish cross into month end.

Best guess: the 50dma - in the low 2330s, should hold across next week. Renewed upside into end month and across at least the first half of April. By mid April, the market should be pushing for new historic highs >2400, with 2425/50 by late April/early May.

Equity bears have nothing to tout unless we break mid term rising trend, which at end April, will be around 2260.

Nasdaq comp;

The tech - which has been leading the way higher, was the most resilient index this week, settling -1.2% at 5828. However, it was VERY notable that the equity bulls managed a new historic high on Tuesday of 5928. The bulls can tolerate another 3-4% lower before any problems.


The mighty Dow declined -317pts (1.5%) to 20596. Indeed, most should recognise how the giant psy' level of 20k is now first soft support. That looks set to hold in the near term, before another wave higher to the 21300/500 zone.

NYSE comp'

The master index settled -1.5% at 11418, the first close under the weekly 10MA since late Oct'. However, things only turn bearish if rising trend from the Feb'2016 low is broken. By late April, that will be around 11200. First big target is the 12k threshold which seems viable as early as June.


The second market leader saw the biggest decline this week, -36pts (2.6%) to 1354. There are multiple aspects of support within the 1320/00 zone. It seems extremely unlikely that the R2K will see any price action <1300 in the near term. Instead, renewed upside to new historic highs within the 1425/50 zone. The 1500s look a stretch though, before a broader market retrace.


The 'old leader' - Trans, declined for a third consecutive week, settling -2.4% at 8928, back to levels from mid November. Indeed, the tranny is struggling, at levels equivalent to sp'2100. Lower bollinger will be offering strong support in the 8800s next week, and that should hold. Its notable that underlying MACD cycle has now been outright bearish for a third week. Cyclically, we're on the low end. Trans to 10k seems a valid target this summer.


The most bearish week for most US equities since late Oct'2016

All indexes remain relatively close to recent historic highs. It is notable that the Nasdaq comp' broke a new historic high on Tuesday.

There remains around 5% of downside buffer before the mid term trends - from the early 2016 lows, are at risk of being broken. 

Looking ahead

It will be the run into end month, and for the chartists out there, the monthly closes are especially important.

M -
T - intl' trade, Case-Shiller HPI, consumer con', Richmond fed
W - pending home sales, EIA Pet' report
T - weekly jobs, Q1 GDP (3rd estimate), corp' profits, EIA Nat' gas
F - pers' income/outlays, Chicago PMI, consumer sent'

*there are a truckload of fed officials on the loose, notably Bullard on Friday.

**UK/EU clocks jump ahead 1hr in the early hours of Sunday, bringing back the standard 5hr difference to EST. Yours truly will be especially pleased about that.

Special note - the French election

With the healthcare bill out of the way (at least for a while!) the next big event is the French presidential election. Round one is due Sunday April 23rd. If no clear winner, then it will drag out to round two - Sunday May 7th.

For the curious:,_2017

Its fascinating that the French equity market is now at key multi-decade declining trend/resistance.

CAC, monthly, 20yr

A major failure or breakout is due. Those hyper-bulls seeking broad upside across 2017, are going to need to see the French market break up and away. 

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Have a good weekend
*the next post on this page will likely appear Monday at 7pm EST

Friday, 24 March 2017

Bearish end to the week

US equity indexes closed moderately mixed, sp -2pts at 2343. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled -0.1% and +0.1% respectively. VIX settled -1.2% at 12.96. Near term outlook still offers threat of a test of the rising 50dma in the low sp'2330s.




It was a day of swings, with morning strength to 2356, but then latter day weakness to 2335 - fractionally breaking the Wed' low.

With equities turning moderately lower in the afternoon, the VIX briefly saw the 14s, before cooling due to a closing hour equity ramp.

As for Trump pulling the healthcare bill, it was never going to be easy, but its clearly a sign of weakness as even some republicans won't support their President. It doesn't bode well for subsequent tax or infrastructure bills, which the market has used as a (valid) excuse for powerful gains since last November.

I would hope we could all agree though, some drama to end the week, is usually a good thing, right?

Goodnight from London
*the weekend post will appear Sat' 12pm, and will detail the US weekly indexes

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Twitchy market

US equities closed moderately mixed, sp -2pts at 2345. The two leaders - Trans/R2K, settled -0.6% and +0.6% respectively. VIX settled +2.4% at 13.12. Near term outlook offers high threat of a test of the 50dma, which will be around 2330 early Friday morning. Broadly though, another push into the 2400s looks a given into April earnings.




It was a pretty choppy day in equity land, as the market was naturally twitchy due to the looming healthcare bill. There was some distinct weakness into the close, with the spiky daily candle suggestive of further weakness on Friday. On balance, no sustained price action under the 50dma.

VIX saw an intra high 13.17, as today was the first time we've seen the 13s in 'normal trading' since Jan'19th. Clearly, if the main market opens sharply lower tomorrow morning, 14s will be due... 15s on a stretch.

As for the healthcare bill

I'm pretty much a cheerleader for Trump... and was one of those few people who foresaw his presidency a long... long time ago. Yet even Trump is entirely failing to address the core problem within American healthcare.

Denniger of 'Market Ticker' has droned on about this issue for many years, and I shall merely refer you to any of his recent articles on the matter.   See

Spring sunset.. 2.20pm EST
I'm refraining from making any comments on yesterday's madness in the city. Suffice to add... this afternoon's sunshine was something of a relief.

Goodnight from London