Saturday, 16 January 2016

Weekend update - US weekly indexes

US equity indexes declined for the third consecutive week, with net weekly declines ranging from -3.7% (Trans, R2K), -3.3% (Nasdaq comp'), to -2.2% (sp'500, Dow). Near term outlook threatens a bounce into the next FOMC of Jan 27'th, but regardless.. broader downside to the 1600s looks a rather easy target this spring.

Lets take our regular look at six of the US indexes


A third consecutive net weekly decline of -41pts (2.2%), settling @ 1880 (intra low 1857). Since the peak of 2081 (Dec'29th), the sp'500 has declined 224pts (10.8%) across 13 trading days.

Underlying MACD (blue bar histogram) cycle continues to tick lower, as price pressure is increasingly bearish. Next soft support is the Oct'2014 low of 1820, then the 200wma in the 1780s. Far more significant though, the 1750/25 zone, where there are multiple aspects of support - most notably, the 38% fib' retrace of the wave from sp'1074/2134.

Best guess: a bounce into the next FOMC (sp'1940/60 zone), before renewed weakness to the 1750/25 zone. Then another attempt to re-take the monthly 10MA (1950/00 zone in March/April). Broader weakness to the 1600/1500s looks probable in April/May.

Even if the market can form a solid base this summer (avoiding a deflationary collapse to sp'1000, or even lower), and then push higher into year end, sustained action >2K looks out of range until at least August'.

Nasdaq comp'

The tech' declined by -3.3%, settling in the 4400s. Regardless of any short term bounce, the 4K threshold will be hit. The bigger monthly cycle is offering 3500/3250 by May/June.


The mighty Dow declined by another -358pts (2.2%), settling @ 15988. Next soft support is the 200wma, which will be around 15800/750 next week. There is declining trend (linking two key lows) of 15200/000 zone for late Jan/early Feb. More broadly, the Dow looks set for 14K... or possibly 13k by April/May.

NYSE comp'

The master index lost another -2.4%, settling 9299. The 9K threshold looks an easy target, with broader downside to around 8000 by May/June.


The second market leader continued to implode, settling -3.7% @ 1007 (intra low 983)... the lowest level since July 2013. Regardless of any short term bounce, broader downside to the 875/850 zone looks highly probable.


The 'old leader' - Trans, continues to fall, with a net weekly decline of -3.7% @ 6689, the lowest level since Oct'2013. Considering the fact that energy/fuel prices continue to fall, the Transports should (in theory) be performing better than other indexes. Yet.. the reality is the exact opposite.

Is the Tranny warning of a systemic/underlying economic crisis in 2016/17? Certainly, something 'serious' is already being priced in, with the Transports net lower by -28% since Nov'2014.


A third consecutive weekly decline, and there is simply no sign of a floor yet.

The smaller hourly/daily cycles are unquestionably deeply oversold, and we're due a bounce. As things are, even if the market can rally all the way into the next FOMC of Wed' Jan 27'th, at best, the sp' might see a bounce to the 1940/60 zone. Sustained action >2K looks completely out of range.

Key issue: regardless of ANY short term bounce, the broader trend remains increasingly bearish. The sp'1700s look viable at any time, with broader downside to the 1600/1500s by late spring/early summer.

From a pure technical perspective, the monthly MACD setup in April will be that as last seen in Sept'2008.

Looking ahead

A short week is ahead, and other than CPI data, there really isn't much scheduled.

T - housing market index
W - CPI, housing starts
T - weekly jobs, Phil' fed, EIA oil report.
F - PMI manu', existing home sales, leading indicators

The long weekend

I might post something on Monday, if there is significant price action in the EU/Asia markets, or if US equity futures are imploding (or soaring) overnight Monday.

In any case.. enjoy the long weekend.