UPDATE: Start of new impulsive up move in S&P 500 within a potential blow off phase

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Medium-term technical outlook on S&P 500

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Key technical elements

  • SP 500 Index (proxy for the S&P 500 futures) has staged a bullish breakout from its former medium-term descending channel in place since its current all-time high level of 2959 printed on 01 May 2019 now turns pull-back support at 2800.
  • Medium-term momentum has turned positive with the daily RSI oscillator that has reversed up from its oversold region.
  • The bullish reversal low of 2728 printed on this Mon, 03 Jun coincides with the 1.00 Fibonacci projection of the decline from 01 May high to 13 May 2019 low projected from 16 May 2019 high and the 08 Mar 2019 swing low area. Elliot Wave/fractal analysis suggests the start of another potential impulsive up move sequence that may see another fresh all-time high.
  • The key medium-term support rests at 2768 which is defined as the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the on-going V-shaped rally from 03 Jun 2019 low.
  • Medium-term resistance stands at the 2890/2900 zone which is defined by the swing high areas of 11/17 May 2019 and close to the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement of the previous decline from 01 May high to 03 Jun 2019 low.
  •  The 4-hour Stochastic oscillator has reached an extreme overbought level at 97 which highlights the risk of an imminent minor pull-back at the intermediate resistance of 2840.

Key Levels (1 to 3 weeks)

Intermediate support: 2800

Pivot (key support): 2768

Resistances: 2840 & 2890/2900

Next supports: 2730 & 2630


The preferred medium-term (1 to 3 weeks) bearish scenario for an extended corrective down move has been invalidated (click here for a recap). Right now, the Index is likely to be shaping an impulsive up move within a long-term cycle degree wave IX that may lead to a potential “blow-off” top. The narrative of the on-going bullish sentiment is led by a “group think” that the U.S. central bank, Fed will be a “liquidity provider of last resort” to cut interest rates or establish another round of QE to support risk assets from falling further in the backdrop of macro environment uncertainties (trade tensions on top of a brewing cold war between U.S. & China).

Similar narrative in a different time and environment before a major top occurs; in 1999 where dot.com and technological stocks were trading at high valuation levels and the justification was the start of a new technology wave that had driven up productivity to support such high valuations. In 2006-07, where the housing boom had been justified by demographics changes and the increased usage of securitization to reduce default risk in housing mortgages.

Watch the key medium-term pivotal support at 2768 that should hold any movement of minor pull-back before another potential up move materialises to target the next resistance at 2890/2900 in the first step.

However, failure to hold 2768 negates the bullish tone for a retest on the 03 Jun 2019 swing low area of 2730 and only a daily close below 2730 revives the corrective down move scenario towards the next support at 2630 (also the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the last up move from 26 Dec 2018 low to 01 May 2019 high).

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