Saturday 28 October 2017

Weekend update - US weekly indexes

It was a mixed week for US equity indexes, with net weekly changes ranging from +1.1% (Nasdaq comp'), +0.2% (sp'500), to -0.5% (NYSE comp'). Near term outlook offers moderate cooling. The year end target of sp'2683 is now a mere 3.9% away.

Lets take our regular look at six of the main US indexes


The sp'500 settled higher for a seventh consecutive week, +0.2%, with a new historic high of 2582. Underlying MACD (blue bar histogram) ticked higher for a 7th week, and is now on the rather high side. First soft rising support will be 2550 next week.

Best guess: with yet another new historic high, near term outlook is increasingly uncertain. Unless the Wed' low of 2544 is taken out, any hope of a retrace to the Sept'11th gap of 2474/61 is now on hold. On balance, I still expect a cooling wave to occur. Regardless of the short term, the end year target of 2683 is now a mere 3.9% away, and is clearly on track.

Equity bears have nothing to tout unless a bearish monthly close, which for me would constitute an Oct' close under the monthly 10MA (currently at 2426). That number will jump around 35pts to the 2460s as of the Nov'1st open. I do not anticipate any such bearish monthly close before year end.

Nasdaq comp'

With earnings coming in better than expected (superb in the case of INTC and MSFT), the Nasdaq is powering upward, with a net gain of 1.1%, and a notable new historic high of 6708. The 7000s are clearly within range before year end. The 8000s look very viable in spring 2018. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for some in the mainstream to start talking about the 10k threshold.


The mighty Dow gained another 105pts (0.4%), with a new historic high of 23485. Cyclically, the Dow is on the very high side. Its ironic that cooling of 1000pts would only take the Dow to the mid 22000s. No price action <22k can be expected for the remainder of the year. A year end close in the 24000s is clearly within range. Talk of 30k in 2018 should have already begun.

NYSE comp'

The master index was the laggard this week, with a net decline of -0.5%. However, the NYSE comp' did break a fractional new historic high of 12443. Things only turn bearish with a break of the 12k threshold, which is now a clear 3% lower.


The second market leader saw a choppy weak, settling -0.1% at 1508. It could be argued s/t price structure is a castle top, and that this week saw a lower high and lower low. Cyclically, we have a MACD rollover. However, things only turn bearish if <1450, with rising trend in the 1410s next week. No price action <1400 can be expected in the remainder of the year.


The 'old leader' - Trans, settled -0.4% at 9931. The 10k threshold is clear resistance, and for now, the tranny is leaning weak into end month. Cyclically, there is a rollover underway. First soft support are the 9500s, and then the psy' level of 9k. No price action <9k can be expected, with a year end close around 10250.


Broader trend remains powerfully bullish, with 4 of the 6 main indexes breaking new historic highs.

The Nasdaq comp' and Dow are leading the way upward, whilst the Trans/R2K are still a little laggy.

Most indexes have around 5-6% of downside buffer before key rising trend - from early 2016, would be challenged.

Looking ahead

Key tech earnings: Wed: FB, QCOM, Thurs: BABA, AAPL

M - Pers' income/outlays
T - Employ' costs, Case-Shiller HPI, Chicago PMI, consumer con'
W - Vehicle sales, ADP jobs, PMI/ISM manu'

The FOMC will issue a press release at 2pm. No change in rates or QT policy can be expected. There will NOT be a press conf.

T - Weekly jobs, product/costs
F - Monthly jobs, intl' trade, PMI/ISM serv', factory orders.

*there are a trio of fed officials due Thurs/Friday, but none seem of any importance. Market is already assured that rates will be raised at the Dec'13th FOMC.

**UK/EU clocks are moved back Oct'29th. USA does not change until Sunday Nov'5th.

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Have a good weekend

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