Uncertainty At Record Highs, Will Stocks Continue Upwards?
August 3, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) 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 were mixed between 0.0% and +0.3% on Wednesday, extending their short-term fluctuations following recent move up, as investors' sentiment remained bullish. The S&P 500 index has reached new all-time high at the level of 2,484.04 on Thursday, before reversing slightly lower. It continued to fluctuate on Wednesday, as it remained just 0.3% below new record high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached new record high at the level of 22,036.1 yesterday, as it was relatively stronger than the broad stock market, following better-than-expected quarterly earnings release from Apple. The technology Nasdaq Composite was unchanged, as investors reacted to quarterly corporate earnings releases. The nearest important support level of the S&P 500 index is at around 2,460-2,465, marked by July 19 daily gap up of 2,460.92-2,463.85. The next level of support is at 2,450-2,455, marked by June 19 local high. The support level is also at 2,430-2,435, marked by July 12 daily gap up of 2,429.30-2,435.75. On the other hand, level of resistance is at 2,480-2,485, marked by new all-time high. The next resistance level is at 2,500 mark. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see overbought conditions and negative technical divergences. The S&P 500 index broke above its over month-long consolidation, as we can see on the daily chart:
Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are virtually flat, with index futures currently between 0.0% and +0.1% vs. their yesterday's closing prices. The European stock market indexes have been mixed so far. Investors will now wait for some economic data announcements: Initial Claims at 8:30 a.m., Factory Orders, ISM Services number at 10:00 a.m. The market expects that ISM Services number was at 56.9 in July. Investors will also wait for more quarterly corporate earnings releases. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday consolidation, as it extends its short-term fluctuations. The market trades within an over-week-long consolidation along new record high, close to the level of 2,480. The nearest important resistance level is at around 2,480-2,500. On the other hand, support level is at 2,450-2,460, marked by some short-term local lows. The next support level remains at 2,440, among others. Will the market extend its uptrend? Or is this a topping pattern before downward reversal?
The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract trades within a similar intraday consolidation, as it extends its week-long fluctuations along new record high. The market retraced some of its recent rally on Thursday, as it bounced off 6,000 mark. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 5,950-6,000. On the other hand, support level is at 5,850-5,870, marked by short-term local lows, as the 15-minute chart shows:
Concluding, the S&P 500 index remained unchanged on Wednesday, as investors continued to take profits following recent move up. Will bull market extend? Or is this some topping pattern before downward reversal? There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we still can see negative technical divergences, along with medium-term overbought conditions.
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