SPY Trends and Influencers December 1, 2012
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on December 1st, 2012
Last week’s review of the macro market indicators suggested, coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday the markets looked set up for a run higher into the end of the year. Gold ($GLD) looked higher in its neutral trend while Crude Oil ($USO) was set to head higher. The US Dollar Index ($UUP) appeared biased lower while US Treasuries ($TLT) also looked better lower. The Shanghai Composite ($SSEC) was biased lower but mindful of a possible double bottom, while Emerging Markets ($EEM) resumed their consolidation under long term resistance. Volatility ($VIX) looked to remain subdued keeping the bias higher for the equity index ETF’s $SPY, $IWM and $QQQ, and their charts seemed to agree, with the lone caution being the recent move higher was on decreasing holiday week volume. Let price guide not volume.
The week played out with Gold getting hit instead while Crude Oil stayed in its narrow range. The US Dollar did move lower finding a floor near 80 while Treasuries consolidated at a slightly higher level. The Shanghai Composite took the next step lower while Emerging Markets moved toward the top of their range and the Volatility Index tested the floor again. The Equity Index ETF’s all moved higher before leveling and giving back a little on Friday. What does this mean for the coming week? Lets look at some charts.
The SPY moved higher finishing the week at the 50 day SMA printing an Evening Star followed by a tighter Doji. Signs of a reversal IF confirmed lower. The RSI though is moving higher and on the verge of turning into bullish territory with a MACD that is positive and growing. Perhaps a consolidation instead of a reversal. The weekly view shows a move back over the rising trend resistance with a rising RSI and a MACD that is improving towards a bullish cross. The RSI triple bottom looking more solid. Resistance higher comes at 143.20 and 147.25. Over that the uptrend strengthens with a target of 156.21 on a Measured Move higher. Support lower is found at 139.80 followed by 137.75 and 135.60. Under that and the downtrend continues. Up Trend with a Chance of Consolidation.
Heading into December the markets are biased higher but cautiously so. Gold looks headed lower in its long term channel while Crude Oil heads higher. The US Dollar Index seems content to move lower while US Treasuries are biased lower but may continue to consolidate. The Shanghai Composite is marching lower while Emerging Markets stagnate in their consolidation zone. Volatility looks to remain low keeping the bias higher for the equity index ETF’s SPY, IWM and QQQ. Their charts are starting to show signs of being tired though, so caution is warranted on the long side in the near term. Use this information as you prepare for the coming week and trade’m 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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