Stock Market Outlook Brightens As Nasdaq Leads Higher

The broad stock market indices are showing resilience following the initial post-Federal Reserve meeting sell-off. The S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq Composite, and Russell 2000 Index are trading higher this week and well off last week’s lows.

The S&P 500 Index closed Tuesday higher by +0.51% and nearly triggered an overbought cluster. That said, it continues to have a weakly bearish intermediate posture.

The S&P 500 will likely see its posture move back to strongly bullish if it can break out to all-time highs in coming days (currently just 11 points away).

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was a laggard once again Tuesday, closing up just +0.20%. It continues to have a strongly bearish posture and is trading below a falling 30 day moving average. The Dow Industrials is typically down the week after the June expiration cycle (27 of last 31 years); after being up the first two days, it has a decent chance to buck that trend this year.

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The NASDAQ Composite is still the leader, finishing up by 0.79% on Tuesday. It broke out to all-time highs and now has a strongly bullish posture and an overbought cluster. The NASDAQ also has a “3 Green Arrows” signal.

The Russell 2000 finished higher by 0.43%, it’s back above its rising 30 day moving average but still has a weakly bearish posture.

One of the big stories of the day was the volatility around Bitcoin; it dipped below $30,000 for the first time in several months this morning, but rallied back to close positive.

The U.S. Dollar fell for the second straight day, but remains with a strongly bullish posture and is establishing new trading levels well above its 30 day moving average. Crude Oil rallied to new multi-month highs and has a strongly bullish posture. Gold is heading in the opposite direction and continues to have a strongly bearish posture.

The 10 year U.S. Treasury Yield closed at 1.47%; this falling interest rate environment has pushed preferred stocks and high yield bonds to multi-month closing highs.

On Tuesday, growth-oriented areas like Technology, Communications and Discretionary outperformed the cyclical and defensive sectors. The charts of Industrials, Materials, and Financials have broken down significantly in the last three weeks; all have strongly bearish intermediate postures.

Our trade application example featured a bearish long put spread on Merck & Co (MRK) due to its bearish Near-Term divergence signal and its underperformance today, where it closed in the red and appears to be using the falling 30 day moving average as resistance.

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