September 26, 2023


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The SPX 500 Index, The place We Go From Right here?

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Since marking an intra-day restoration excessive per week in the past final Friday the SPX Index has pulled again -2.7%. The massive cap index had grow to be stretched and was due for a value retracement. Contemplating that the SPX rallied 16.8% in a constructive uptrend from the mid March lows that pullback is barely a “flesh wound” and up to now has not been a brief time period development breaker (extra on that later within the Weblog).

Within the Multi-time Body Technical Examine that follows I’ll dig into the load of the technical proof to find out if the value retracement will unfold right into a correction of a lesser of bigger diploma beginning with a have a look at the month-to-month timeframe.

S&P 500 Index / Month-to-month

After rising from Cloud assist in March of 2020 the SPX Index rallied to an intra-month excessive (and all time excessive) at 4,808.93 in December 2021. When value started to fall at first of 2022 I utilized a Normal Pitchfork (purple P1 by means of P3). I selected that Pitchfork variation as a result of it mirrored the vector or angle of the Cloud mannequin. Over the 9-months that adopted the Index fell 19.44% however costs managed to carry above Cloud assist however assist on the Kijun Plot (strong inexperienced line) was violated. The SPX turned increased in October and that Value pivot at gold P3 was the genesis of a second Normal Pitchfork (gold P1 by means of P3). That flip was in live performance with an essential non-confirmation. Though my MC Oscillator registered a brand new low the Customized Index didn’t (inexperienced dashed strains). Because the increased low on the P3 value pivot low month-to-month candles have held assist on the rising Decrease Parallel (strong gold line) and the Lagging Line has held above the the Higher Parallel of the Normal Pitchfork and over the previous month Additionally the SPX has retaken the bottom above the Kijun Plot and MACD is beginning to hook increased avoiding an entry into unfavorable territory. Except there’s a break of assist of the Decrease Parallel (strong gold line) adopted by a break of Median Line Assist (purple dashed line) the very long run technical situation stays constructive.

S&P 500 Index / Weekly

The value pivot low within the SPX Index in Mid-March that held assist on the Weekly Kijun Plot (inexperienced line) and the rally again into the Cloud that adopted, together with MACD kissing its sign line and holding in constructive territory gave us the boldness that the uptrend had reignited. These technical modifications gave beginning to the Schiff Pitchfork (purple P1 by means of P3). Costs retook the bottom above the Cloud on the finish of Could however the rally stalled on the Higher Parallel of the Schiff Pitchfork two weeks in the past. The one purple flag that stands out to me technically, is the Fisher Remodel (decrease panel). The Oscillator is rolling over in elevated territory and will watched carefully as a result of as a rule it serves because the proverbial canary within the coal mine and produces early technical alerts of value reversal.

S&P 500 Index / Day by day #1

The constructive rally from the March thirteenth value pivot reversal low that adopted although to early April, gave beginning to the Normal Pitchfork (gold P1 by means of P3) that discovered its origin on the October thirteenth 2022 low (not proven right here) however the rally turned overbought and located itself capped on the Median Line (gold dotted line) and the SPX churned sideways to increased throughout the weeks that adopted till early June when the SPX pushed increased. Per week in the past final Friday the Median Line got here into play once more and the SPX turned decrease. That was hardly a shock as my Day by day Momentum / Breadth Oscillator had grow to be stretched (because it had in late March) and entered over purchased territory leaving the momentum tank empty suggesting a measure of “backing and filling” was so as. The six session pullback has pushed the Oscillator again to impartial. Assist supplied by the Kijun Plot (inexperienced line) ought to come into play (at the moment 4,280) however extra technically essential is assist on the Decrease Parallel (strong gold line) of the Pitchfork which has contained pullbacks for 3 1/2 months. A violation of that assist would counsel {that a} correction of a bigger diploma was unfolding doubtlessly leaving the highest of the Cloud and a Fibonacci 50% retracement of the rally from the March lows at 4,125 within the Bears crosshairs.

S&P 500 Index / Day by day #2

The second Day by day Chart of the SPX Index “zooms in” on the latest value motion. I’ve added a shorter-term Pitchfork. This can be a Schiff Modified variation (purple P1 by means of P3). Except for two minor violations of each the Higher and Decrease Parallels (strong purple strains) costs have been contained within the confines of the Pitchfork for the reason that March value lows. Though MACD confirmed the upper excessive in value per week in the past final Thursday, the momentum oscillator has rolled over by means of its sign line though it stays elevated in constructive territory. Key to a bullish a technical thesis that the present value pullback is just a minor value retracement would be the giant cap index’s skill to carry the cluster of assist afforded by the Decrease Parallel of the Pitchfork and the Kijun Plot (inexperienced line) at 4,280. A break of that degree will doubtless rapidly result in a take a look at of second short-term assist at 4,160 as a correction of a bigger diploma unfolds.

I count on measure of window dressing going into the tip of the month and extra importantly the tip of the primary half of the yr. When that mud settles the directional bias within the SPX will grow to be clearer over the upcoming buying and selling periods because the second half of the yr begins.

Charts are courtesy of Optuma and information is courtesy of Bloomberg.

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