A week with a slew of economic reports, mostly good, did little to move equities last week. A big rally after Wednesday’s Fed rate hike could not be emulated in succeeding sessions.
On Friday, which was an options expiration day, volume spiked, but prices were barely changed. Equities traded in a narrow range and an end of day sell-off left the major indices in the red at the final bell. The losses were minor, but left the averages near their lows of the day. At the close, the DJIA fell 19.9 points, the SPX slipped 3.1 points, and the NDX was little changed, down 3.3 points.
Breadth was positive on Friday, 1.5 to 1, on above average volume. ROC(10’s) declined in the session, with the NDX the only index in positive territory. RSI’s continue between the low 60’s and low 70’s. The ARMS Index ended at 1.77, a fairly bearish level. For the week, the DJIA added 12 points, the SPX was up 6 points, and the NDX gaining 0.4%. The VIX slipped 0.62% on Friday to 11.28.
Long term, the upside bias continues, with the NDX making new closing and intra-day highs of 5416 and 5426, respectively. While the DJIA and SPX did not make new highs last week, they are still within 1% of their highs. All three major indices continue comfortably above their 20Week Moving Averages: DJIA-19880, NDX-5048, SPX-2272.
Short term, the bias remains to the upside as well, with the SPX and NDX above their 50% retracement levels of 2240 and 5025, respectively. Near term, there has been some consolidation, but averages continue to find support just at or near their 20D-SMA’s, which are DJIA-20878, SPX-2371, NDX-5367. We continue to watch MACD’s, as they are below signal.
Europe is lower in early trade, and U.S. Futures are pointing a bit lower as well. It will be a light week for economic reports, but we will get some Housing numbers later in the week.
The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE:DIA) was unchanged in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, DIA has gained 5.75%, versus a 6.04% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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