By Paul Rejczak

The U.S. stock market indexes were virtually flat on Friday, extending their short-term uncertainty, as investors reacted to some worse-than-expected quarterly corporate earnings releases. The S&P 500 index remained slightly below the level of 2,100, after bouncing off support level at around 2,075-2,080, marked by previous local lows. The nearest important level of resistance is at 2,100-2,115, marked by last year’s medium-term local highs. The next important level of resistance is at 2,120-2,135, marked by last year’s May S&P 500’s all-time high of 2,134.72. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some technical overbought conditions. But will the market break above its last year’s all-time high? For now, it looks like a short-term consolidation within an uptrend:

Daily S&P 500 index chart - SPX, Large Cap Index

Expectations before the opening of today’s trading session are virtually flat, with index futures currently down 0.1%. The main European stock market indexes have lost 0.3-0.7% so far. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday consolidation, as it extends its last week’s fluctuations. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,090, marked by local highs. On the other hand, support level is at 2,075, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

S&P 500 futures contract - S&P 500 index chart - SPX

The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract trades within a similar intraday consolidation, following recent move down. Investors reacted negatively to quarterly corporate earnings releases, sending the contract price below 4,500 mark. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 4,480-4,500. On the other hand, support level remains at around 4,430-4,450, as the 15-minute chart shows:

Nasdaq100 futures contract - Nasdaq 100 index chart - NDX


The broad stock market continues to fluctuate following its over two-month long rally. The S&P 500 index remains relatively close to its last year’s medium-term local highs. We still can see technical overbought conditions that may lead to uptrend’s reversal or downward correction. However, there have been no confirmed short-term negative signals so far. Our speculative short position has been closed at the stop-loss level of 2,100 on Tuesday (S&P 500 index; the S&P 500 futures contract has reached its pre-session high at the level of 2,098 – 10 points above yesterday’s daily high). We lost 54.44 index points on that trade, betting against over two-month-long uptrend. 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. Currently, we prefer to be out of the market, avoiding low risk/reward ratio trades. We will let you know when we think it is safe to get back in the market.