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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2016 Aug 01, 2016 - 01:26 PM GMT

By: Paul_Rejczak

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Briefly: In our opinion, speculative short positions are favored (with stop-loss at 2,210, and profit target at 2,050, S&P 500 index).

Our intraday outlook is bearish, and our short-term outlook is bearish. Our medium-term outlook is now 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 -0.1% and +0.2% on Friday, extending their short-term fluctuations, as investors reacted to economic data announcements. The S&P 500 index has managed to reach yet another new all-time high at the level of 2,177.09. The nearest important level of resistance remains at 2,175-2,180, and the next potential resistance level is at 2,200. On the other hand, support level is at around 2,150-2,155, marked by short-term local lows. The next important support level is at 2,130-2,135, marked by previous level of resistance. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some short-term overbought conditions accompanied by negative technical divergences:

Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are virtually flat, following an overnight move higher. The main European stock market indexes have been mixed so far. Investors will now wait for some economic data announcements: Construction Spending, ISM Index at 10:00 a.m. The S&P 500 futures contract trades within an intraday consolidation, as it fluctuates along the level of 2,170. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,175-2,180. On the other hand, support level is at 2,150-2,160, among others, as we can see on the 15-minute chart:

The technology Nasdaq 100 futures contract follows a similar path, as it currently trades along its new all-time high. The nearest important level of resistance is at around 2,740, and support level is at 4,700, among others. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far. However, we can see some short-term technical overbought conditions:

Concluding, the broad stock market trades along its record highs, as the S&P 500 index gets closer to 2,200 mark.  We still can see short-term overbought conditions accompanied by bearish technical divergences. Therefore, we continue to maintain our speculative short position (opened on July 18th at 2,162, S&P 500 index). Stop-loss level is at 2,210 and potential profit target is at 2,050 (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.

Paul Rejczak
Stock Trading Strategist
Stock Trading Alerts
SunshineProfits.com

Stock market strategist, who has been known for quality of his technical and fundamental analysis since the late nineties. He is interested in forecasting market behavior based on both traditional and innovative methods of technical analysis. Paul has made his name by developing mechanical trading systems. Paul is the author of Sunshine Profits’ premium service for stock traders: Stock Trading Alerts.

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