Monday Morning Chartology

Dec. 10, 2018 8:50 AM ET
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The S&P made a valiant two day attempt to reverse the deterioration in its technicals but failed. It is now back within a very short term downtrend, below both MA’s and has set a new lower high and lower low. I have to think that stocks will stage some kind of oversold rally; but I thought that last Thursday and Friday and look what happened. You can clearly see the next two support levels: the late October low and the lower boundary of its short term trading range.

The long bond’s chart changed dramatically in the last week, apparently the result of a morphing of bond investors’ sentiment from bearish (higher rates) to bullish (lower rates). Its 100 DMA reverted to support on Friday and if it remains above its 200 DMA through the close today, it will also revert to support. It did challenge the upper boundary of its short term downtrend, but failed. It really needs to bust through that resistance level to confirm that a major change in attitude has occurred.

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The dollar continues to perform reasonably. It ended above both MA’s and in a short term uptrend. The only negative note is that it closed below the lower boundary of its very short term uptrend; if it remains there through the close today, the trend will be voided.

Gold’s chart is improving. It has lifted above the upper level of a trading range and is developing a very short term uptrend. It is holding above its 100 DMA. The pin action usually responds positively to lower rates and the need for safety, so this better performance isn’t surprising. In fact, given the deluge in equities and the developing reversal in TLT’s chart, I had expected better.

Not surprisingly in a week full of big declines, the VIX’s chart remained strong. Notice the 100 DMA is crossing above its 200 DMA, a technical positive.



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