S&P 500 Weakness Isn’t Surprising – The Market Needs A Breather

Andrew Nyquist

The week of May 3rd was important – perhaps an important closing high for the S&P 500 (we shall see). During that week, we recovered losses to produce our highest weekly close on the S&P 500 Index.

This occurred under falling momentum and volume (divergences) so it shouldn’t be a surprise that last week (ending 5/10) saw investors hit the sell button.

The catalyst was US – China trade tensions. Investor uncertainty may also be clouded by an item that is currently out of the news headlines: European elections. So May should be a busy (and volatile) month.

Last week’s selling did see a moderate recovery rally… that sucked up energy and still failed to produce a hammer candlestick – we ended up with a fat doji (under divergence and falling volume). We also lost the rising support line in the wedge pattern I posted about on Twitter (you can see that in the chart below). So I am not surprised to see futures trading lower again. See the chart below – I’ll have a broader update (daily & weekly) later this week with thoughts on market weakness.

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S&P 500 Weekly Chart

s&p 500 weekly chart bearish divergence may 10 2019

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