Equities ended the week quietly on Friday, despite the fact that options were expiring. Good earnings from the Retail Sales sector were a boost to equities early on. The major indices traded in a narrow range on Friday, with the S&P 500 (SPX) moving in only a 6 point range.
When the session ended on Friday, all three major averages closed with small losses. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell 0.43%, the SPX gave up 0.26%, and the Nasdaq 100 (NDX) was lower by 0.39%. Breadth was positive, 1.9 to1, on above average volume, as market volume spiked on the options expiration.
RSI’s fell, with the NDX at 63.2 and the only index in the 60’s. The DJIA and SPX are at 55. The ARMS Index ended at 1.06, a neutral reading at the close. The trade was choppy during the week, but in a very narrow range. For the week, the DJIA fell 0.2%, the SPX slipped just 4 points, and the NDX added 5 points.
The VIX ended last week at 11.43, rising just 0.14 of a point for the week. In the coming holiday shortened week, economic reports are light and most earnings from major companies have already been reported. In other words, expect things to be pretty quiet out there.
Long term, the upside bias for stocks continues. The major indices were flat last week and have been in a narrow range. On October 20th, the SPX closed at 2575, and on Friday it closed at 2578. We can make a case that a “Bull Handle” is developing and another spike to the upside is coming.
The Major indices continue well above their 150D-SMA’s: DJIA-21911, SPX-2469, NDX-5882.
Short term, the major averages continue strong as well. All three averages are comfortably above 6 month lows. Near term, the major indices are also above their 50D-SMA’s, which are providing critical near term support: DJIA-22922, SPX-2547, NDX-6104. We do have near term weakness with MACD’s below signal and momentum falling in the last 2 weeks, however, which is worth monitoring in coming sessions.
Europe is slightly higher in early trade Monday, while U.S. Futures are mixed in the premarket. The only major economic report on tap today is Leading Indicators at 10:00am.
The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) fell $0.03 (-0.01%) in premarket trading Monday. Year-to-date, DIA has gained 19.93%, versus a 16.42% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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