Stock Market Outlook for Fri Mar 8 2019 – Potential Bounce But Lower

Stock Market Outlook Possible Bounce Attempt But More Selling Likely

Selling was sparked by the ECB announcement of a resumption of stimulus efforts to boost growth within Europe. This was seen as a sign of a slowing global economy and investors decided to take profits. This marked the fourth day in a row for the indexes to move lower and the lowest


Stock Market Outlook Chart Comments At The Close on Thu Mar 7 2019 

Thursday saw the index close below 2800 once again and below the 21 day moving average. This left behind a bearish candlestick for Friday.

The 100 day moving average is on top of the 200 day and ready to move above it. This will be a major up signal when it occurs. The 50 day moving average is still trying to climb.

Meanwhile the Upper Bollinger Band is falling and the Lower Bollinger Band is rising in what is a Bollinger Bands Squeeze. This will send stocks higher or lower, but if the squeeze occurs there will be a change in direction.

There are still 3 up signals in place and 6 down signals. The down signals will begin to be dropped as the moving averages recover to their correct positions with the 21 day on top and the 50 day leading the 100 and 200 day moving averages.

The 2600 level has anchored the rally since January 14. The 2700 level has been held for the entire month of February. Both of these are bullish signs.

Today stocks stayed fell to a new intraday low which is a bearish signal. After 4 straight days of selling, normally a bounce can be expected. Let’s take a look.

Stock Market Outlook review of Thu Mar 7 2019

Stock Market Outlook: Technical Indicators Review:

Momentum: Momentum is negative and falling.

  • Settings: For momentum I use a 10 period when studying market direction.

MACD Histogram: MACD (Moving Averages Convergence / Divergence) issued a down signal on Thursday February 28 2019. The sell signal was stronger again on Thu Mar 7 2019.

  • Settings: For MACD Histogram, I am using the Fast Points set at 13, Slow Points at 26 and Smoothing at 9. 

Ultimate Oscillator: The Ultimate Oscillator signal is moving lower and has turned negative.

  • Settings: 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.

Slow Stochastic: The Slow Stochastic has a strong down signal in place for Friday.

  • Settings: For the Slow Stochastic I use the K period of 14 and D period of 3. The Slow Stochastic tries to predict the market direction further out than just one day.

Relative Strength Index: The RSI signal is falling further and is reaching oversold signals..

  • Settings: The relative strength index is set for a period of 5 which gives it 5 days of market movement to monitor.  It is often the first indicator to show an overbought or oversold signal.

Rate of Change: The rate of change signal is falling indicating that prices will be moving lower.

  • Settings: Rate Of Change is set for a 21 period. This indicator looks back 21 days and compares price action from the past to the present. With the Rate Of Change, prices are rising when signals are positive. Conversely, prices are falling when signals are negative. As an advance rises the Rate Of Change signal should also rise higher, otherwise the rally is suspect. A decline should see the Rate Of Change fall into negative signals. The more negative the signals the stronger the decline.





Support Resistance Levels To Be Aware Of:

2900 was support – this will be strong resistance

2860 was support – this will be resistance

2830 was light support and will be light resistance

2800 is strong resistance

2795 is light resistance

2745 to 2750 is light support

2725 is light support

2700 is light support

2675 is light support

2650 is support

2625 is light support

2600 is support.

There was good support at the 2550 level which is back to being support.

The 2500 level is support.

The S&P has light support at 2480 and better support at 2450.

There is good support at 2425.

Below that there is some support at 2400, 2380, 2350.

2300 has the most support at present but would represent a full correction of 641 points as a drop to this level would be 21% and just 5% away from a full bear market signal ending the bull market from 2009.


 Stock Market Outlook for Tomorrow – Fri Mar 8 2019 

The technical indicators continue to point to more weakness building. MACD has a very strong sell signal for Friday and the Slow Stochastic sell signal is also strong.

Despite this and partly because of it, the market is becoming oversold. That could lead to a bounce attempt. If there is a bounce attempt on Friday it won’t hold on Friday. Next week will see a better chance to turn the selling around.

Four days of selling may prove enough to investors that a bounce, even a small one, is overdue. The close though will be negative for the final day of the week.


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