Stock Market Outlook For The Week of
December 30th = Downtrend
20/50 Day Moving Averages: Downtrend
Price & Volume Action: Downtrend
Objective Elliott Wave Analysis: Downtrend
Better late than never? We had to wait until after Christmas, but Santa Claus delivered a rally. Not as much as we would have liked, I'm sure, but better than another sell-off. No change in outlook though. Equities have some work to do before giving the all clear to put your money at risk.
On the bright side, I don't think we're in danger of a 2008-2009 style sell off just yet (see last week's article "Great Recession Revisited"), so your portfolios should recover a bit.
All the indexes are well below their 20, 50, and 200 day moving averages.
2018-12-30 - US Stock Market Averages
The price/volume combo remains in a downtrend as well. There are only a handful of names on my growth stock list that have anything even close to resembling a solid price chart.
OEW still calls for a downtrend, and thinks we could take another run at the lows. But, per their analysis, that could be the end of the downtrend...even the bear market(!).
The S&P ($SPX) found support around 2,350, and looks to have broken the falling trendline in play for most of December. Prices still have to recover ~10% just to get back to the downward trendline and/or 200-day moving average! The ADX reflects the bearish we experienced last week.
2018-12-30 - SPX Technical Analysis - Daily
Switching to a weekly view, the 2395 support level held and prices are resting on the 2480 support/resistance level.
2018-12-30 - SPX Technical Analysis - Weekly
After the bounce back, bulls will say we're a week into a V-shaped recovery. The bears will say we need another test of the lows to truly bottom. Our job is to make money or not to lose a lot if we decide to initiate positions.
We've got another holiday shortened trading week coming up as we celebrate the new year.
Wishing you investing success in 2019!
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