SPY Trends and Influencers September 14, 2013
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on September 14th, 2013
A weekly excerpt from the Marco Review analysis sent to subscribers on 10 markets and two timeframes.
Last week’s review of the macro market indicators suggested, as we headed back to a full week after the holidays that Gold ($GLD) looked to continue lower in the short term uptrend while Crude Oil ($USO) marched higher. The US Dollar Index ($UUP) was biased higher in the long consolidation while US Treasuries ($TLT) were poised to continue lower. The Shanghai Composite ($SSEC) looked to continue higher while Emerging Markets ($EEM) joined it after a strong reversal. Volatility ($VIX) looked to remain subdued keeping the bias higher for the equity index ETF’s $SPY, $IWM and $QQQ. The charts themselves showed that the QQQ was very strong, looking for new highs while the IWM was next and the SPY the weakest of the bunch.
The week played out with Gold drifting and then flooding lower while Crude Oil consolidated in a higher range. The US Dollar reversed moving lower while Treasuries consolidated at the lows. The Shanghai Composite met some resistance and pulled back at the end of the week while Emerging Markets consolidated their recent gains. Volatility found a bottom and started a new bounce but remained subdued. The Equity Index ETF’s moved back higher with the SPY and IWM trailing the QQQ which made new 13 year highs. What does this mean for the coming week? Lets look at some charts.
The SPY continued the move from last week higher on Monday and then gapped up and consolidated the rest of the week. The move took it to the top of the Bollinger bands but not over and created some separation from the 20 day Simple Moving Average (SMA), but left it short of the all-time high at 170.97 from August 2nd. The Relative Strength index (RSI) is in bullish territory but flattening with a Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator (MACD) that is rising. These support more upward price action on the daily chart. On the weekly picture the move higher looks much stronger. A strong white candle out of support after a pullback, gunning for a new high. The Measured Move would take it to 178.27. The RSI is bullish and turned higher, which also confirmed a RSI Positive Reversal with the same target as the Measured Move. The MACD could run the table for an upward bias if the MACD line continues to turn up and cross to positive through the signal line. There is resistance at 170.97 and then free air higher. Support comes at 169 and 167.45 followed by 166.50. Mind the open gap, but don’t fear it as it could end up being an Island Reversal higher. Short Term Consolidation with an Upward Bias.
Heading into September Options Expiration the market is looking stronger again. Look for Gold to continue lower, possibly resuming the downtrend while Crude Oil consolidated in the uptrend. The US Dollar Index looks to continue to the lower end of the broad range while US Treasuries are biased lower but may consolidate. The Shanghai Composite and Emerging Markets both may continue to consolidate in their uptrends with an upward bias. Volatility looks to remain low keeping the bias higher for the equity index ETF’s SPY, IWM and QQQ. Their charts look as if they may consolidate first with the QQQ looking the strongest of the three. Use this information as you prepare for the coming week and trad’em well.
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded since 1986 and held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)
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