S&P 500 Forecast: Index Forms Inverted Hammer

Christopher Lewis

The market is likely to see a bit of a pullback continue, which is healthy in what has been a very strong uptrend anyway.

The S&P 500 initially tried to rally on Wednesday to reach towards the 4660 level again. This is an area that has been resistance over the last couple of days, and it certainly came into the picture on Wednesday. We pulled back to form a bit of an inverted hammer, and close at the very bottom of the range. This is a very difficult-looking candle, so if we break down below the bottom of the candlestick, it is very likely that we go looking towards the uptrend line underneath.

That uptrend line should be very important, as it has been supportive for quite some time. The 4500 level is right around the same area, so with that being the case I think it is only a matter of time before value hunters will come back into the picture. That being said, the real catalyst for the move is probably going to be a scenario on Friday after the jobs number. Between now and then, I would anticipate a lot of noisy behavior, but it certainly looks as if we are still favoring the downside. That being said, when you look at this chart, you can see that we are in a bit of a negative move, but when looked at through the prism of the longer term, it is not that big of a deal.

That is the thing about pullbacks in an uptrend: the pullbacks feel much worse than they really are. We are only a few percent off from the highs, so a little bit of perspective is probably necessary. Keep in mind that Friday will cause a lot of noise, but Friday sessions end up being somewhat uneventful by the time they  close most of the time, as we go back and forth only to end up somewhat unchanged. The initial knee-jerk reaction is almost always turned around so it is very likely that the market will continue to be very noisy. The market will continue to be one that you need to be cautious about putting too much money in, especially between now and the jobs number. The market is likely to see a bit of a pullback continue, which is healthy in what has been a very strong uptrend anyway.

S&P 500 Index

Christopher Lewis

Christopher Lewis has been trading Forex for several years. He writes about Forex for many online publications, including his own site, aptly named The Trader Guy.

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