Markets will pivot at 10 AM-ish on the Consumer Sentiment and ISM Mfg Index data. A relief rally is expected as discussed in this mornings charts due to the uber low -2600 NYAD print. Overall, however, using the NYAD weekly chart, a more tradeable bottom may still be 1 to 4 weeks away. For nimble traders, the relief rally may offer a short term trading opportunity. If remaining short, pay attention to the 200 EMA on the 60-minute chart at 1963-1965 level which can be used as a stop against the short. The SPX is under the 200 EMA on the 60-minute at 1964.51 signaling bearish markets for the hours and days ahead. Market bears are on easy street beating the bulls with a baseball bat as long as the SPX stays under the 1963-1965 level. Above SPX 1963, and the market bulls will regain control and mount a very strong recovery rally. Note that the RUT 150-day MA slope is now dropping negatively for 3 consecutive days indicating the start of a cyclical bear market for stocks (scroll backwards to reference the previous RUT chart or type 'RUT' into the search box).
Utilities must be watched closely moving forward. Type 'UTIL' into the search box at the right to bring up the prior charts to come up to speed with using the utes as a forecasting tool. The closing price for utilities, UTIL, 15 weeks ago, is very important and programmed into Keybot the Quant, Keystone's trading algo. This week, only applicable for today, the UTIL number to watch is 543.00. More importantly, for all of next week, the 15-week look-back number is 551.66. UTIL begins today at 541.82. Therefore, if markets recover, watch for UTIL 543 which will verify that the relief recover rally bounce is underway. If UTIL stays under 543 the selling pressure will remain in equities. At the 4 PM close check UTIL to see if it is above or below 551.66. Below and market weakness will continue into Monday while a recover in utilities today above or near to the UTIL 551 level will indicate that Monday will set up rosier for the market bulls.
Keystone bot ARO yesterday opening a new long position and continues to like Aeropostale as a long-term long play as well as a nice trading stock on the long side. ARO shows nice positive divergence on the charts. Ditto AEO and COH so these retail stocks are worth a look on the long side as well. Keystone also bot DCTH opening a new long position which is an extremely dangerous and speculative long play. Positive divergence is in play for Delcath but this company can be here today gone tomorrow.
Note Added 9:33 AM: UTIL is 542.42 moving higher to test the 543 as described above. Equities begin on the negative side.
Note Added 9:41 AM: Whoa. UTIL takes the 543 level but is spanked back down by the bears now at 541.64. Equities recover to the plus side but will not stage much of a comeback if UTIL stays under 543. Use the UTIL 543 as the rudder steering the market directional ship today. Bulls need UTIL above 543 otherwise more pain is likely. TRIN is 0.81 favoring bulls.
Note Added 10:02 AM: Consumer Sentiment is lackluster at 81.8 but can easily keep the party going. The ISM Mfg Index is a robust 57.1. Stocks rally and are firmly positive on the day. TRIN 0.80. There you go. UTIL 543.72. See if this piercing through 543 holds, if so, the recovery rally is verified for today. Bears need to push UTIL under 543 in the minutes ahead to resume the downside selling.
Note Added 10:04 AM: UTIL 544. SPX is 1937 now up 6 points. UTIL 543.93 ... 543.87 .....
Note Added 10:51 AM: Pay attention to UTIL 543 and 551.66 today. UTIL is now printing at 543.11... whoopsies daisies .....now UTIL drops under 543 to 542.79, this saga will likely continue today.