On Friday, bulls had been in cost as soon as once more as inventory costs set new report highs following prime tech earnings releases and financial information. The reached a brand new all-time excessive on the stage of 4,975.29, nearing the psychologically essential 5,000 mark. My short-term outlook was nonetheless impartial as a result of the market appeared overbought and prepared for a downward correction. When doubtful, it’s higher to remain out of a place than to attempt to catch a prime and open a brief place too early.
The inventory market ought to open barely decrease at present, with the contract buying and selling 0.3% under its Friday’s closing worth. Though some downward correction is broadly anticipated, the market image stays bullish, and the index might get one other probability to succeed in the 5,000 stage.
Final week, upward momentum was fueled by earnings releases and expectations of a extra accommodative financial coverage from the Federal Reserve. Nonetheless, on Wednesday, the Fed’s pivot in financial coverage turned much less apparent, resulting in a sell-off in shares. Inventory costs reacted negatively to the discharge of the Fed’s financial coverage and Jerome Powell’s press convention. The S&P 500 index offered off to an area low of round 4,845. Nonetheless, on Thursday and Friday, sturdy earnings releases and constructive month-to-month jobs information drove costs again as much as new information.
Investor sentiment considerably improved final week; Wednesday’s AAII Investor Sentiment Survey confirmed that 49.1% of particular person traders are bullish. The AAII sentiment is a opposite indicator within the sense that extremely bullish readings might counsel extreme complacency and an absence of concern available in the market. Conversely, bearish readings are favorable for market upturns.
On Tuesday, I wrote that “Regardless of new highs, plainly a correction situation is probably going within the close to time period. (…) warning could also be suggested, as a correction or consolidation might happen in some unspecified time in the future.” The prediction proved appropriate till Thursday when the market started rallying once more. Nonetheless, at present, the identical assertion stays very true, because the market nonetheless seems overbought within the quick time period.
The S&P 500 is anticipated to barely retrace a few of its Friday rally this morning. On Friday, the market pulled again within the remaining hour of buying and selling, and at present, it might prolong a short-term downward correction. The market is at its highest level in historical past, as we will see on the day by day chart.
Nasdaq Reached New Report, however…
On Friday, the technology-focused reached a brand new all-time excessive on the stage of 17,682.29, solely barely surpassing its January 24 excessive of round 17,665. It stays comparatively weaker than the broad inventory market, regardless of a 20% record-breaking day by day rally in Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:) inventory. There may be some weak spot beneath, and never all tech shares are breaking information. General, within the case of Nasdaq, it seems extra like consolidation than an uptrend.
VIX Is Secure, Stays Under 15
The , also called the concern gauge, is derived from choice costs. Whereas it continues to commerce sideways, there have been makes an attempt at a breakout above the 15 stage. Final Wednesday’s inventory market rout pushed the VIX above the 14 stage, and on Friday, it was nearer to 13.
Traditionally, a dropping VIX signifies much less concern available in the market, and rising VIX accompanies inventory market downturns. Nonetheless, the decrease the VIX, the upper the likelihood of the market’s downward reversal.
Futures Contract Retreats from 5,000
Let’s check out the hourly chart of the S&P 500 futures contract. On Friday, it was very near the 5,000 stage, and this morning, it’s buying and selling under 4,970. The closest essential assist stage is at 4,940-4,950, and the essential one is at 4,880-4,900, marked by the latest lows.
Friday’s record-breaking rally as soon as once more proved that the development remains to be bullish. Nonetheless, within the quick time period, a downward correction or consolidation can’t be dominated out. Only one take a look at the chart, and one can see that the S&P 500 index has turn out to be extra unstable as of late. This morning, it’s anticipated to open 0.3% decrease, following Friday acquire of 1.07%. Revenue-taking motion is probably going; nonetheless, for now, it seems like one other consolidation inside an uptrend.
On December 21, I discussed that “in a short-term the market might even see some extra uncertainty and volatility”, and certainly, there was quite a lot of uncertainty following the early-December rally and the breakout of the S&P 500 above the 4,700 stage. Nonetheless, the earlier week’s worth motion left no illusions of a possible medium-term development reversal. On Tuesday, I famous that “The market is overbought within the quick time period, however predicting a correction is presently very difficult.”, and it’s nonetheless proving appropriate; the Wednesday’s rout was very short-lived and on Thursday and Friday, bulls got here again with a vengeance.
For now, my short-term outlook stays impartial.
Right here’s the breakdown:
The S&P 500 is about to retrace extra of its Friday’s record-breaking rally this morning.
For now, it appears to be a short-term consolidation inside an uptrend.
For my part, the short-term outlook is impartial.