S&P futures got hit overnight, and it has rallied so far today, and it has some traders confused, but the rationale is pretty clear.
First, the near and midterm technical trends were signaling that higher levels were possible because the lowest near and midterm support levels were tested last week and they had not broken. Technically, this allowed for higher market levels and tests of corresponding near and midterm resistance levels.
However, and more pertinent to the overnight action, the sell-off in S&P futures came on the heels of disappointing China Manufacturing data. Almost in lock step, whether it was a nervous trader or a more concerted effort, and in conjunction with the tensions on the Street about the FOMC meeting, they reacted harshly to that China data.
Conversely, Europe had positive news on the same front, and that is what allowed futures to recover, but the same major concern still exists. The FOMC is clearly front and center, concerns about tapering are on everyone's mind, and analysis al have an opinion. Some think turmoil could lie ahead before the year's end, but I prefer to pay attention to one simple thing, the technicals.
The near and midterm technicals told me to expect the bounce we are getting today, but the longer term technicals tell me that the major markets, the S&P 500 (SPY), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA), NASDAQ (QQQ), and Russell 2000 (IWM), have not yet tested longer term support.
Therefore, even with this nice bounce, our combined analysis warns us that it can be short lived, and the market can turn lower and officially test longer term support levels. Our rules tell us to short near resistance levels and buy near support levels. That is therefore what we intend to do as this year comes to an end.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
Business relationship disclosure: By Thomas H. Kee Jr. for Stock Traders Daily and neither receives compensation from the publicly traded companies listed herein for writing this article.