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S&P 500 and NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX Technical Outlook: Looking Vulnerable

S&P 500 and NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX Technical Outlook: Looking Vulnerable

DailyFX Team, Research

S&P 500, NASDAQ - TECHNICAL OUTLOOK:

  • The S&P 500 is risking a break below a long-term moving average.
  • The Nasdaq Composite Index risks another leg lower, possibly lasting for a few weeks.
  • How much more downside is likely ahead and what are the key levels to watch?
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S&P 500 SHORT-TERM TECHNICAL OUTLOOK - BEARISH

US equity benchmark indices are looking vulnerable as they test crucial support, risking another leg lower in the coming weeks.

The S&P 500 index is testing key converged support on the 200-week moving average, roughly coinciding with the June low of 3640. The index was last decisively below the four-year moving average during the Covid selloff in 2020 and the 2007-2009 Great Financial Crisis. Any break below could push the index lower towards the 2020 high of 3394, followed by the September 2020 low of 3249.

S&P 500 Daily Chart

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Despite the 17% fall since August, there is no sign of reversal yet, notwithstanding a minor positive divergence on the weekly chart (falling index associated with a stalling/rising momentum). Unless the index is able to break past immediate resistance at last week’s high of 3807, the trend remains bearish. For medium-term downward pressure to fade, the index would need to rise above resistance on the 200-day moving average (now at about 4185). For the moment, momentum on the monthly chart continues to point to further weakness.

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NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX SHORT-TERM TECHNICAL OUTLOOK – BEARISH

The Nasdaq Composite Index is threatening to break below fairly strong support at the June low of 10565. The feeble/shallow rebounds since August seem to raise the odds of a break lower. If history is any guide, a break below support could imply about one or two more months of downtrend (see chart).

NASDAQ COMPOSITE Weekly Chart

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January’s fall below key support at the October 2021 low saw weakness persist until mid-March. Similarly, May’s drop below the February-March lows dragged the index lower until mid-June. Hence any break below the June low suggests that the index could maintain a soft bias until the end of the year.

In terms of the extent of the decline, the January and the March breakouts triggered down moves of around 12%-15%. Assuming the lower end of this range, the potential target would work out to around 9275. Strong support is at the pre-Covid high of 9838. For the medium-term downtrend to change/reverse, at minimum, the index needs to break above the 200-day moving average (now at about 12725) – the two rebounds this year have run out of steam at the average.

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--- Written by Manish Jaradi, Strategist for DailyFX.com

DailyFX provides forex news and technical analysis on the trends that influence the global currency markets.

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