Trading Plan for July 11, 2012
Pre-market update (updated 8:00am eastern):
European markets are mixed in trading with a slight bullish edge.
Asian markets also traded in a mixed/flat manner.
US Markets are slightly higher heading into the open.
Economic reports due out (all times are eastern): MBA Purchase Applications (7am), International Trade (8:30am), Wholesale Trade (10am) EIA Petroleum Status Report (10:30am), FOMC Minutes (2pm)
Technical Outlook (SPX):
SPX pulled back yesterday for the fourth consecutive day.
At 1335, bulls need to hold the rising support trend-line off of the 6/4 lows. Failure to do so puts the market in an extended "pullback" mode.
I'm only interested in whether the market can close below this level - intraday breaks carry very little merit.
While volume has been light during hte pullback, it has nonetheless increased each of the past three sessions.
Tested the 50-day moving average yesterday and bounced off of it. The same cannot be said of the 10-day moving average which previously acted as support.
Well off of short-term overbought levels, and further selling would put us close to being short-term oversold.
The 1335 rising support level previously mentioned also represents decent price level support too.
30-minute chart conditions similarly mirrors that which is found on the daily.
1374 represents some short-term resistance, and a break & close above that price level would represent another "higher-high" for SPX.
SPRI indicator is showing a market that is beginning to enter bullish extremes. No reversal though.
An area of concern for the bulls is the fact that the the rally off of the 6/4 lows is forming a bearish wedge.
Breaking through the 1390's will be difficult as there are plenty of separate resistance levels in that area.
Below 1306-1308 price level, will nullify the current rally off of the 6/4 lows - would represent a 'lower-low' in the market.
Interestingly enough, with 4 straight days of selling the vix is still well below 20.
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