This week saw a sell off in US stocks, as Trump once again via his tweets decided to rattle the markets, telling the world that China has breached the trade negotiations. With higher tariffs coming for China on Friday. This caused havoc in the markets as they immediately gaped lower
Fast forward to Friday where Trump confirms that tariff increases for China and we experience another weak trading day. Only to see something different from the previous 4 trading days. On Friday the markets were down over 1.5% and suddenly the markets stopped falling and began to climb for the remainder of the day, closing in the green and more importantly above the highs of the previous trading day. This was significant as it signaled at least in the short term for US stocks that we have likely reached a bottom.
Friday's trading session also showed us that since the S&P 500 made a new all time intraday record high two weeks ago, to the lows reached on Friday trading session the market has only fallen -4.3% peak to trough.
The price falls on Friday also happened to fill the gap that was recorded back on the 1st April went it gaped higher (see chart). The price action for Thursday & Friday also touched the 52 day moving average and then proceeded to close higher, indicating the overall market still remains in a bullish trend despite the pullback.
Based on Friday’s intraday reversal move higher, if the lows recorded hold in the short term and we move higher this week, the market will also have confirmed a higher low, indicating the market despite the mild sell off has experienced a pullback within a bullish trend move. This also means at least for now its not time to be bearish of the markets. But rather take this selloff as a much needed pullback in a bull trend.
So What Happens Next?
If the lows from Friday hold this week and the market continues to move higher, the potential next target for the S&P 500 is the prior support now resistance level at 2,930. However what we see unfold over this week and the next few weeks are key in determining if US stocks remain in a bullish trend, or whether we need to move towards a bearish stance going forward, especially as I expect volatility to remain for the next few weeks as the markets digests the new tariff increases.
If the S&P 500 fails over the coming weeks or months to make a new higher high, but instead begins to reverse and move lower towards the most recent lows creating a lower high, this would be the start to preparing to become bearish. If a lower high was to occur and we followed this with a clear close below the most recent lows experienced on Friday, then the bullish trend would be over and we would need to look at bearish positions for the S&P 500. This would be because the index would have reversed trend with lower prices likely to occur now that the bears would be back in control. So we have to be open to staying flexible and fluid to what the price action tells us the next few weeks.
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