Economic Reports Due out (Times are EST): MBA Purchase Applications (7am), EIA Petroleum Status Report (10:30am), FOMC Meeting ANnouncement (12:30pm), FOMC Forecasts (2pm), Chairman Press Conference (2:15pm)
Pre-market Update (Updated 8:30am eastern):
- US futures are flat ahead of the open.
- European markets are trading mixed/flat.
- Asian markets traded on average 1.1% higher.
Technical Outlook (SPX):
- The market gave us a solid 1% move yesterday.
- The move off of the June 4th lows is very similar to the bullishness that we saw in October of last year and September 2010.
- Next level of resistance lies in the 1365-68 range. It’s not major resistance, but worth noting nonetheless.
- Also important is the angle of the 10-day moving average, when it turns suddenly steeper in slope like it has over the past four trading sessions, it can be a good indication that the market is ready to rally for an extended period of time.
- By steep I mean by more than 45 degrees. Refer to price action from late December 2011 and January 2012.
- We are right back in overbought territory, but the thing is, if the market is indeed on a strong run, it can stay in this area, for quite a while.
- Yesterday we pushed a shade outside of the upper Bollinger-Band – something I’m not a big fan of. If this continues in a more aggressive manner, I will likely book gains faster than originally anticipated.
- Large moves outside of the Bollinger Bands usually leads to hard pullbacks.
- There is now an established uptrend in place on SPX off of the 6/4 lows with consecutive higher-highs and higher-lows now (two of each).
- FOMC statement comes out at 12:30pm est today – expect a lot of volatility to come with it in anticipation of further easing.
- Quite a ways from current price, but ultimately, if the price can clear 1401 we’ll have a market that is very bullish.
- Represents the slightly descending resistance level off of the 4/2/12 highs.
- SPX confirmed the inverse head and shoulders pattern on Friday.
- Of late, respectable support lies at the 10-day moving average.
- Has touched it multiple times in the past 2 weeks and held each time.
- IH&S pattern very obvious on the 30-minute chart.
- Confirmed on Friday.
- Volume was fairly light yesterday.
- A break below 1306 would represent a resumption of the downward trend.
- VIX is back below 20 and is a bullish development for the market.
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