Weekend Stock Market Outlook

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Stock Market Outlook For The Week of
March 18th = Uptrend


20/50 Day Moving Averages: Uptrend
Price & Volume Action: Uptrend
Objective Elliott Wave Analysis: Uptrend


The stock market outlook remains in uptrend territory to kick off the first week of spring. All eyes will be on the U.S. Federal Reserve this week; another quarter-point rate hike is expected by the end of their 2-day meeting.

Most of the indexes remain above their 20 and 50 day moving averages. The DJIA lags other averages, sitting below both those technical indicators.

Price charts for $SPX,$COMPQ,$INDU,$NYA,$RUT,$VIX,$TNX,$USD,$CRB,$GOLD

2018-03-18-US Stock Market Averages

Price and volume action also stays in uptrend territory. The distribution day count remains manageable. Note: Trading volume spiked last Friday on option / futures contract expirations.

OEW remains in an uptrend. In a nod to the bulls, Tony no longer sees a massive sell-off anytime soon, stating:

    After a January all-time high of SPX 2873, ending a strong 10-month uptrend. A drop of nearly 12% in two weeks followed. The perma-bears were back out in force. The crash they keep calling for has already occurred: 2007-2009. Those types of events only occur once in a lifetime. There will be bear markets in the future. But nothing like that for a very long time.

I'm looking for a potential replacement for the 20/50 day moving average; an indicator that works well when markets are volatile and/or extended from trending indicators such as moving averages. The Average Directional Index (ADX) caught my eye because it flashed a sell signal for the $SPX just ahead of the February sell off. At the moment, it's showing a bearish environment (DI- is higher than DI+) that's weakening (ADX is declining).

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For the detailed Elliott Wave Analysis, go to the ELLIOTT WAVE lives on by Tony Caldaro.  Charts provided courtesy of stockcharts.com.