The market started the week at SPX 2349. After a gap up opening on Monday, and another gap up opening on Tuesday, the market hit SPX 2398 by Wednesday. After that it pulled back to end the week at SPX 2384. For the week the SPX/DOW gained 1.70%, and the NDX/NAZ gained 2.45%. Economic reports for the week were mostly negative. On the downtick: consumer confidence/sentiment, durable goods, pending home sales, Q1 GDP, the WLEI, plus weekly jobless claims rose. On the uptick: Case-Shiller, new home sales and the Chicago PMI. Next week’s reports will be highlighted by the FED’s FOMC, the ISMs, and monthly payrolls. Best to your week!
LONG TERM: uptrend
The bull market put in a positive twist this week after the French elections over the weekend. Before even reaching our minimum downside targets for this downtrend markets worldwide gapped up on Monday, continued higher on Tuesday, and then stalled at higher levels for the rest of the week. This activity has created a temporary bifurcation between the US cyclicals and tech sectors. A rare occurrence, but nothing that has not happened before. In time, sometimes as long as 6 months, the two sectors will realign. For now we have the cyclicals barely still in a downtrend, and the techs continuing their uptrend.
Longer term the count in the SPX remains the same. Intermediate waves i and ii in the spring of 2016. Then Minor waves 1, 2, 3 and 4 between June 2016 and April 2017. The current rally, which is already two weeks old, is either Minute B of Minor 4 or Minor 5. As for the Tech sector, they are still clearly in Minor wave 3. Since this can resolve itself in several ways, we’ll just let the market unfold and see what develops. In the mean time the long term target remains unchanged: SPX 3000+ between 2018 and 2020.
MEDIUM TERM: close to confirming an uptrend
In a review of the charts we found some interesting clues to the Minute B/Minor 5 dilemma. The SOX, R2K, XLB, and XLK have already confirmed uptrends after a recent downtrend. The XLP, XLY, XLU and HGX never confirmed a downtrend and are still uptrending like the NDX/NAZ. This suggests about 70% of the US sectors we follow are currently in confirmed uptrends. In the foreign markets the SMI and TSX just reversed into uptrends, while the DJW, ASX, NFTY, CAC, DAX, HSI, IBEX, MIB and STI didn’t experience a recent downtrend. This suggests over 70% of the foreign markets are in confirmed uptrends too. Probabilities suggest a SPX uptrend should be confirmed soon.
If Minor wave 4 did end in April at SPX 2329, it will be labeled as a C wave failure since the A wave declined to 2322 in March. And, might explain the explosive move upwards this week. If this advance is a B wave rally, within another complex correction, then the SPX 2322 level would remain wave A. The C wave to follow will then probably retest those recent lows in conjunction with downtrends in the NDX/NAZ. Medium term support is at the 2336 and 2321 pivots, with resistance at the 2385 and 2411 pivots.
From the April SPX 2329 low we currently count three waves up: 2361-2345-2398. The late-week decline to SPX 2382 is a pullback of some degree, but not yet sufficient to figure into the larger short term count. These three waves can either be a 1-2-3 or an a-b-c off that low. Thus far it looks impulsive after a choppy beginning.
Should the recent rally reverse we see support in the SPX 2320’s and then around SPX 2300. Worse case would be the 2286 and 2270 pivot ranges. Should the rally continue there is initial resistance at the 2411 and 2428 pivots. Then little resistance until the 2488 pivot. Short term support is at SPX 2369 and the 2336 pivot, with resistance at the 2385 pivot and SPX 2401. Short term momentum ended the week with what looks like a potential positive divergence.[:]