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S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 27

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook for July 27, 2016 – The broader stock market indices led by the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) are looking forward to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting release today at 2pm. More specifically, active investors are awaiting news from the FOMC on interest rates. It seemed a forgone…

Japan’s Economy Doesn’t Need Helicopter Money: It Needs Less Debt

Pondering the state of the global economy can elicit manic-depressive-obsessive-compulsive emotions. The volatility of global markets – equities, bonds, commodities, currencies, etc. – are challenging enough without consideration of Brexit, the U.S. Presidential election, radical Islamic terrorism and so on. Yet no discussion of economic and market environments is complete…

Can The S&P 500 Record Its 5th Straight Week Of Gains?

U.S. stock market indices rose yet again last week with the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) setting a new all-time record high on Friday. The S&P 500 is attempting to record its 5th straight week of gains this week. Stocks have been supported by better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and an improved outlook for U.S….

Apple Stock Update: Bearish Price Action Into Earnings

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) drop to new weekly lows confirms last Friday’s break of the current one-month bounce in Apple’s stock price. This may be important as it most likely puts further near-term pressure on the stock. That said, Apple AAPL earnings will be the wild card. While Apple earnings are notoriously tricky,…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 26

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook for July 26, 2016 – Broad stock market formations appear to be in a wait and see state of some kind with consolidation being the order of the day. We are entering our 7th day testing the 2159 area. There will be a break of some magnitude once…

Financial Sector ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF): Ready To Breakout?

Chart patterns are no more than probability… sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.  As a chart pattern recognition guy, I use them to identify potential turning points (or trend changes).  Today we’ll revisit the SPDR Financial Sector ETF (NYSEARCA:XLF). Back in June of 2015, we spotted an $XLF “SELL” Pattern….

July 22 COT Report Data: Equities & Commodities Futures

The following is a recap of the July 22 COT Report (Commitment Of Traders) released by the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) looking at COT data and futures positions of non-commercial holdings as of July 19. Note that the change in COT report data is week-over-week. Excerpts of this blog post…

Are Natural Gas Prices Ready To Rally Again?

Natural Gas had its typical seasonal springtime rally, as well as a typical summertime pullback. The seasonality trade has worked like a charm thus far, and history suggests a general bearish trend until Labor Day. The chart, on the other hand, is showing some bullish signs after a Natural Gas…

S&P Mid-Cap Index: Tightest Range In 20 Years

The S&P Mid-Cap Index (INDEXNYSEGIS:MID) is trading in the tightest 8-day range in over 20 years; is a big move imminent? Last week, we wrote about the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s rare streak of 7 consecutive all-time highs since its long-awaited breakout. However, scanning the broad equity landscape, it appears that…

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook For July 25

S&P 500 Futures Trading Outlook for July 25, 2016 – Monday is beginning quietly in a light news day amidst earnings releases. Stock market futures are neutral at the time of this writing indicating flat opening for the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX). Bullish formations continue as traders produced a bounce off the…