S&P 500 – Failure To Break 1,850 Hurting Bulls

Price action on the S&P 500 was broadly similar to that of Monday and Tuesday. We saw prices pushing above 1,850 during Asian afternoon/Early European session yesterday but prices quickly headed lower subsequently – dragged by European stocks which mostly traded lower. Risk appetite took further blows when a weaker than expected UK GDP came in lower than expected on a Y/Y basis, dragging S&P 500 all the way below 1,850 and hitting just under 1,844-1,845 support.

One wonders if the aforementioned support would have been broken if not for the fact that stronger US New Home Sales numbers were released just when the support level was tested. Prices surged back up above 1,850 but wasn’t able to hold onto the gains, and we were back below 1,844 once again with bears appearing even stronger than before – pushing to a low of 1,840 whereas the previous test only gave a low of 1,482. This highlights the overall bearishness of S&P 500 right now, a move that is really not too surprising as the fundamentals for stocks has been weak for a long time to say the least. On a side note, the bullish response following the better than expected Home Sales Numbers suggest that the contrarian behavior of Tuesday with regards to Consumer Confidence is no longer in play.

Hourly Chart


Currently price is moving towards 1,850 once more but certainly the S/T bullish momentum that started on 20th Feb is much weaker than before especially since we are now on the underside of the rising trendline. As such, the likelihood of 1,850 being broken is lower and the case for a return back to 1,844 is stronger. That being said, there is no guarantee that price will then be able to break 1,844 and preferably 1,840 conclusively to bring about a short-term bearish correction. This is because prices have been running on hot air for some time and we could still see some residual bullish pressure remaining to keep prices supported. Hence traders who wish to short US stocks may need to hold their horses until stronger confirmation (e.g. break of 1,840) appears.

Daily Chart


The potential is there to be fair. If this top is confirmed on the Daily Chart, we should be able to see prices moving all the way to 1,812.5 or close to there without impairing the long-term bull trend. If this develops into the bearish reversal we have been waiting for, we could easily see correction all the way to the next level of support around 1,770 and even 1,740 and beyond. With Stochastic curve already topping, the signs are already there for a bearish cycle to take flight, and we’re simply awaiting the confirmation that a top is in play.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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