S&P 500: Moving Average 200 May Be Breached

Let us consider the stock index (S&P 500 CFD. The instrument is quoted in dollars. We do not exclude further pullback. On the back of economic slowdown Chinese stocks have plunged 30% for 3 last weeks. The negative trend may spread to other stock markets, including the American one. There is another important factor – the expected rate hike by Fed may increase companies’ loan exposure. Corporate reporting season kicks out in the US this week. Most market participants expect corporate income to fall 3.1% in the second quarter. This does not seem very optimistic if we take into consideration S&P 500 poor performance since the start of the year: investors might have earned nothing. We would like to point out that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will speak on Friday; her report may have impact on financial markets.

S&P 500 Daily Chart

On the daily time frame the S&P 500 chart switched to the bearish trend. At the moment it is trying to breach the 200-day Moving Average. If it succeeds, the movement may accelerate. Parabolic and MACD have given sell signals. MACD bars have started growing, while Bollinger Bands have expanded, which may indicate volatility growth and trend strengthening. RSI-Bars has not yet reached the oversold zone. We expect the bearish momentum to continue after the next index bar closes below the MA 200, the yesterday low and the lower Bollinger boundary at 2042. A stop loss may be placed above the daily gap and the Parabolic signal at 2102. After pending order placing the stop loss is supposed to be moved every four hours near the next fractal high, following Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the probable profit/loss ratio to the breakeven point. The most cautious traders are recommended to switch to the H4 time frame and place a stop loss, moving it after the trend. If the price reaches the stop loss without triggering the order we recommend to cancel the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not considered.

Position Sell Sell stop below 2042 Stop loss above 2102

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