The market direction outlook for Monday will be a bit shorter as I am away at a conference until late Sunday night. Friday certainly did not follow my outlook for the market direction to continue lower. The employment news was better than expected and at first glance investors were concerned about the Federal Reserve tapering in December and they did not immediately jump back into stocks.
Shortly though investors saw that many of the gains were made in part-time employment and not the more important full-time positions. Investors jumped back in then and commenced to buy stocks pushing the Dow into record territory. The S&P had a terrific day as well but it did not make a new high.
Market Direction S&P 500 Intraday For Nov 8 2013
The intraday one minute chart below shows the market direction action for Nov 8. The opening saw concern among investors and they couldn’t decide what the employment numbers held for the Fed scaling back of existing Quantitative Easing program. By 10:00 the news on the part-time numbers hit the market and investors were buoyed by the outlook that the Fed would probably not scale back at least until after the debt ceiling was again resolved sometime in early 2014. There was no sell-off in the afternoon which again emboldened investors and the last half hour saw new buying come into the market place, jumping the index into the close.
Advance Declines For Nov 8 2013
Advancing issues outpaced decliners but only by a small margin. Advancing issues were 56% and deceivers came in at 42%. New highs were worse with only 118 new highs versus q112 new lows.
Market Direction Closing For Nov 8 2013
The S&P 500 closed at 1,770.61 up 23.46. The Dow closed at 15,761.78 up 167.80. The NASDAQ closed at 3,919.23 up 61.90. The IWM ETF was up 1.82% to 109.23.
Market Direction Technical Indicators At The Close of Nov 8 2013
Let’s review the market direction technical indicators at the close of Nov 8 2013 on the S&P 500 and view the market direction outlook for Nov 11 2013.
For Momentum I am using the 10 period. Momentum is back positive on Friday.
For MACD Histogram I am using the Fast Points set at 13, Slow Points at 26 and Smoothing at 9. MACD (Moving Averages Convergence / Divergence) issued a sell signal on Nov 7, but it was not confirmed by a lower sell signal on Friday. We will have to wait until Monday to see if there is a confirmation of Thursday’s strong sell signal.
The Ultimate Oscillator settings are Period 1 is 5, Period 2 is 10, Period 3 is 15, Factor 1 is 4, Factor 2 is 2 and Factor 3 is 1. These are not the default settings but are the settings I use with the S&P 500 chart set for 1 to 3 months.
The Ultimate Oscillator is positive and rising.
Rate Of Change is set for a 21 period. The Rate Of Change moved sideways on Friday with a slight move higher.
For the Slow Stochastic I use the K period of 14 and D period of 3. The Slow Stochastic is signaling that the market direction is down. It is overbought.
For the Fast Stochastic I use the K period of 20 and D period of 5. These are not default settings but settings I set for the 1 to 3 month S&P 500 chart when it is set for daily. The Fast Stochastic is signaling that the market direction is up for Monday and it is extremely overbought after Friday’s big push higher.
Market Direction Outlook And Strategy for Nov 11 2013
The move high was somewhat unexpected until I saw the part-time positions. That coupled with the fact that December tapering by the Fed would mean scaling back stimulus right as the new year starts with the debt ceiling issue again was enough to get investors back buying again. This year has seen a tremendous amount of capital put back to work in stocks. That is helping to keep stocks elevated and moving higher.
For Friday the majority of the technical indicators point to a higher market. The fact that the MACD sell signal was not confirmed on Friday could be pointing to a false sell signal from Thursday and the next move could be back higher.
Myself, looking at the market and the technical readings it would seem that up has a stronger bias than down. The advance decline ratio though is not indicative of a run away move higher and if anything points to more weakness. Therefore I will not be surprised if we have some selling on Monday but the general move should remain to the upside so any selling should end on Monday and we should see a higher close even if just marginally.
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