Today's Trading Plan: First, Make Sure You Vote
Pre-market update (updated 8:00am eastern):
Europe is 0.5% higher.
Asian markets traded -0.1% lower.
US futures are slightly higher ahead of the open.
Economic reports due out (all times are eastern): ICSC-Goldman Store Sales (7:45am), Redbook (8:55am), Treasury STRIPS (3pm)
Technical Outlook (SPX):
It's election day, and like yesterday, don't expect much out of this market.
I think this small gap up this morning is setting up for a gap-and-crap day of action. I doubt the early morning strength holds.
We tested the trend-line off of the 6/4 lows yet again yesterday and saw the bulls come in and support the market as a result.
Bear-flag forming on the daily SPY - once that trend-line breaks the bear-flag is confirmed and the downtrend resumes.
SPX continues to struggle breaking above and away from the 8-day EMA.
Volume was light which is no surprise considering that traders don't' want to get ahead of this market.
It's worth noting that the reversal on Friday occurred right at the retest of the 20 and 50-day moving averages. Also happens that the 20-day moving average is dipping below the 50-day moving average for the first time since 7/6/12.
A key price level for the bears is 1403 (recent lower-lows).
Uptrend off of the 6/4 lows finds support at 1410. The last two attempts testing this trend line have held.
Over the past three weeks we've seen a slight uptick in the overall volume of the market.
If conditions are to get bearish, it can't do so until it breaks this 1400 level.
Triple-top confirmed on the SPX over the past two months.
Weekly chart also supports a breakdown in the previous channel, and end to its longer-term uptrend off of the June lows.
VIX above 18.
Fed's QE3 launch is going to add a lot of buying power to this market and drive more people out of interest-bearing assets and into equities in search of some kind of return. My Opinions & Trades:
Chart for SPX: