A Jack of Small Trades

After selling off below 2016 on Friday and pulling back to 1986 at the close, S&P futures traded modestly lower at the open of Sunday’s Globex session, trading down to 1983.

Following the minor pullback to  1983, S&P futures traded up to 1996, before pulling back again to 1987. The re-test of the low at or near 1885 price level held support and S&P futures traded up to 1998 before pulling back to 1989.

As of this post:  developments during Sunday’s Globex session;the two approximate 10 points rotations above the January lows, indicate that support at the January lows continue to hold.

However, the minor retracement is not a guarantee that low will not be re-tested at Monday’s open.

The approximate 10 point rotation is more accurately be deemed a “pause” in the selling pressure that developed during Friday late in the day sell-off.

There is still the possibly of a re-test of the low and a lower low.  The 01-16-15 low at 1970 and the 12-16-14 low at 1960 are the next potential support levels.

Currently the 1998-2000 price level is the up-side break-out point. A break-out above 1998-2000 is likely to trigger yet another short covering rally.

Near term resistance is located at Thursday and Friday’s fractal highs at or near 2020.

The major U.S. benchmark indexes ended Friday’s session in negative territory. The Blue Chip Dow 39 closed down 251 points (1.45%), the Nasdaq Composite ended down 48 points (1.03%) and the broad benchmark S&P 500 ended down 26 points (1.30%).

Friday’s sell-off down to 1985 put the S&P at or near the January 16th low and down 77 points (3.7%) below the monthly high.  

S&P futures traded up to 2062 on 01-09-15, before selling down to 1970 on 01-16-15. The S&P recovered from the 1970 sell-off and traded back up to 2062 on 01-23-15.

However, there was no buying interest above the 01-09-15 high. Indeed the market development that followed would suggest that long positions in the January trading range have been liquidated.  

Friday’s late in the day sell-off increases the likelihood that the 01-16-15 low at 1970 will be re-tested, along with the possibility of a re-test of the 12-16-14 low at 1960 and the potential for a lower low.

The market developments in the last three days of the month are particularly concerning.

On Wednesday, following the FOMC announcement S&P futures sold off below the opening range low at 2016, below the prior day’s low at 2012 and traded down to 1988.

On Thursday, the market development

 

The late in the day rally up to 2038 continued higher in the overnight session. S&P futures rallied up to 2048, 24.50 points above the closing range pull-back to 2021.

The overnight rally encountered resistance at the lower edge of Monday’s trade cluster, and the S&P sold off 18 points, pulling back to 2028, before auctioning up 11.50 point to 2040 at the time of this post.

In the previous session, the broad benchmark S&P 500 sold off 41 points below the prior days high at 2062, pulling back to 2013, before auctioning up to 2036. The retracement was followed by a 15 point pull-back to 2021.

The month of January has witness increased volatility, with the S&P selling off below the 12-28-14 all-time record high at 2088, pulling back to 1884 on 01-06-15, auctioning up to 2062 on 01-08-14 only to sell back down to 1970 on 01-15-15, before re-test the 2062 high on 01-21-15.

While the global markets have been supported by accommodative monetary policy from the Central Bank, including a new QE program from the ECB, economic data continues to indicate slow growth.

Today the markets are likely to be extremely volatile as the Federal Reserve announces its latest policy guidelines.

The consensus is that the FOMC at its 2-day meeting that ends today will leave its interest rate and policy guidance unchanged.  There will be no updated

S&P futures sold off from Monday’s high at 2055 during the overnight session and pulled back to 2025: 29.75 points (1.4%) below the closing range high.

On Monday, S&P futures traded back up into Friday’s trading range, filling the “gap” at Friday’s close 2042 and auctioning up to Friday’s high at or near 2057.  

While the outcome of Monday’s session appeared to place the S&P on the price trajectory to re-test the 01-07-15 high at 2062, selling pressure emerged during the overnight session and S&P futures sold back down to re-test Sunday’s Globex low.

The reversal during the overnight session raised concerns about the market direction ahead of a two-day FOMC meeting that gets underway later today.

Earlier in the month the broad benchmark S&P sold down to the 12-16-14 low at or near 1970. Friday’s rally up to the 01-16-15 high at 2062: 92 points (4.6%) marked a recovery attempt.

Yesterday, the U.S. markets

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