The S&P 500 index continues to trade along the level of 2,100. The nearest important resistance level is at 2,110-2,120, marked by April’s local high. The next resistance level is at around 2,130, marked by last year’s all-time high of 2,134.72. On the other hand, support level is at 2,100, marked by previous level of resistance. The next important support level is at around 2,070-2,085. Last year’s highs along the level of 2,100 continue to act as medium-term resistance level. Will the market break above these medium-term highs and continue its seven-year long bull market?

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

Expectations before the opening of today’s trading session are negative, with index futures currently down 0.2-0.4%. The European stock market indexes have lost 0.9-1.3% so far. Investors will now wait for some economic data announcements: Initial Claims at 8:30 a.m., Wholesale Inventories number at 10:00 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday downtrend, as it retraces its yesterday’s move up. The nearest important level of resistance remains at around 2,115-2,120. On the other hand, support level is at 2,100-2,105, among others. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some short-term overbought conditions:

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

The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract follows a similar path, as it retraces its yesterday’s advance. The nearest important support level is at around 4,500, and resistance level remains at 4,530-4,550, marked by recent local highs. The market extends its short-term consolidation following May rally, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

Nasdaq100 futures contract - Nasdaq 100 index chart - NDX

Concluding, the broad stock market slightly extended its short-term uptrend on Wednesday, as the S&P 500 index got closer to its last year’s all-time high of 2,134.72. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see technical overbought conditions that may lead to uptrend’s reversal or downward correction. Therefore, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (opened at 2,093.94 – last Wednesday’s opening price of the S&P 500 index). Stop-loss level is at 2,140 and potential profit target is at 2,000 (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.

 

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