Amazon-Whole Foods Merger Fails To Inspire Buyers
Some disappointing economic news pushed equities downward at the open on Friday. Even a mega acquisition by Amazon of Whole Foods couldn’t help the major averages push higher. Once again Techs were being hit the hardest, although retail names plunged on the Amazon news.
By late morning, the indices reversed and moved higher through the remainder of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and S&P 500 (SPX) managed to get into positive territory by the close, while the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) continued its losing ways. At the close, the DJIA was up 24.3 points, the SPX inched up 0.69 of a point, and the NDX fell 0.34%.
Technicals Are Still Bullish
Breadth was positive, 1.4 to 1, on heavy volume, which was a result of options expiration. RSI’s were little changed, with the DJIA continuing to lead at 68.5. The SPX is at 60.9 and the NDX at 44.4.
For the week, the DJIA gained 0.5%, the SPX adding just 2 points, and the NDX declined 1%. The VIX fell 4.7% on Friday to 10.38. It was up 2.5 % for the week. This week will be fairly light in economic reports, however, we do receive more Housing Data.
Long term, the upside bias continues, with the DJIA and SPX making new highs last week. The NDX has been pulling back recently. The DJT (Dow Transports) has yet to give a Dow Theory confirmation of Industrials.
All three major indices remain above long term 200 day moving average: DJIA- 19821, SPX- 2280, NDX-5169.
Short term, the bias remains to the upside. The averages are comfortably above 50% retracement levels. Near term, the NDX continued its slide with weakening near term technicals. We also saw the SPX MACD cross below signal, which sends up the caution flag.
All three major averages continue to hold critical near term support levels of: DJIA- 20553, SPX-2352, NDX-5568.
Europe is higher in early trade Monday, and U.S. Futures are moderately higher in the premarket. With no major economic reports on tap today, the markets will likely focus on the implications of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal and how it may change the technology and retail landscape.
The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE:DIA) rose $0.69 (+0.32%) in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, DIA has gained 8.13%, versus a 8.55% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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