50-dma Fail

If the futures markets are any indicator, then it looks like the 50-day moving average for the SPX is going to fail on Monday morning.  While this is not in and of itself a catastrophic sign, it’s disappointing as the recovery wave of this trend may be failing.  Intra-day the SPX managed to publish both a higher high and higher low for last week.  Still, the Monday open appears to be pretty sloppy.  It looks like about a 0.5% drop out of the gate.  And, if history is any indicator of how things will go, we could see follow-through on the trend that moves the trend even lower.

With the open dropping below the 50-day moving average (at 2748), the nest line in the sand will be 2700 — or the 100-day moving average at 2685.

Even if the markets test the 2685-support range this week, it does not mean the bull market is officially ‘dead’ or anything drastic.  The speed and aggressiveness of how the market seeks this level could come into play though.  A very aggressive drop this week could spook investors.  If so, we may be looking at a re-test of the market lows, and a more material correction period.

More likely, the markets will continue to be volatile, and we’ll trade in a sideways pattern with a point range between 1700 and 1850 for a while until some kind of shift in economic data gives investors a reason to commit more seriously to a direction.  Until then, it’s the an obnoxious Goldilocks market — neither too hot nor too cold to break out of a sideways trend.

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