S&P 500 Forecast: Index Waits for the Jobs Number

Christopher Lewis

We will continue to see a lot of volatility until things become crystal clear.

  • The S&P 500 Index did almost nothing during the trading session on Thursday as we continue to see this market bang up against a significant resistance barrier.
  • That resistant barrier is the 4200 level, which is an area that previously has been rather difficult to get above.
  • The jobs number coming out on Friday is a major influence on what happens next.

At this point, the market will have to pay close attention to the Non-Farm Payroll number, as it is going to determine what the Federal Reserve is likely to do going forward. After all, the Federal Reserve continues to tell the markets that they are going to remain very tight to fight inflation, but for some reason, the market will not listen to them. This is probably because the Federal Reserve has lost all credibility over the last years, as they have spoon-fed Wall Street.

FED's biggest problem is going to be inflation

However, the biggest problem that the Federal Reserve will have is going to be inflation. If the jobs number is still very strong, it’s very likely that we will see the Federal Reserve have to tighten going forward, and perhaps that might be what Wall Street pays attention to, at least for the moment. The market has got a little bit stretched, and it looks to me like the 4100 level underneath is going to be a short-term support level. If we were to break down below the 4100 level, then the market is likely to drop down to the 50 Day EMA which is below the 4000 handle.

The alternate scenario is that the jobs number is extraordinarily soft, which means that the Federal Reserve may not have to be as aggressive with tightening as they claim. All things being equal, this is an argument and a game of chicken between these two entities, which is a bit surprising considering that it’s been a week of different Fed speakers trying to explain to the market how wrong they read the last press conference. Because of this, we will continue to see a lot of volatility until things become crystal clear. Ultimately, I believe that by the time we get through the Friday session, we may have a bit more clarity. This would be nice of course, but we will have to wait and see how this plays out.

S&P 500 chart

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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