S&P 500, Nasdaq Ahead of US Jobs Data: No Sign of a Reversal
S&P 500, SPX, NASDAQ 100, NDX - OUTLOOK:
- The Nasdaq 100 index looks overbought with some signs of fatigue, but there is no sign of a reversal.
- The S&P 500 index has broken above key resistance.
- Which way for the two indices?
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 index’s break above key resistance confirms that the 2022-2023 downtrend has ended, raising the odds of a resumption of the long-term uptrend. However, there are some signs of fatigue emerging, especially on the charts of the Nasdaq 100 index.
Nasdaq 100: Leads the way
The Nasdaq 100 index in May rose above a stiff hurdle at the August 2022 high of 13720, confirming that the downward pressure has faded. This follows a rebound in late 2022-early 2023 from near-strong support on the 200-week moving average, and a break above the 89-week moving average in April – the shorter moving average served as strong resistance in the mid-2022 corrective rebound. The turnaround in the trend to bullish was first highlighted in early 2023 – see “S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 Technical Outlook: Turning Bullish”, published January 28.
Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart
Having said that, the index is looking overbought/stretched. Market diversity as measured by fractal dimensions appears to be low. Fractal dimensions measure the distribution of diversity. When the measure hits the lower bound, typically 1.25-1.30 depending on the market, it indicates extremely low diversity as market participants bet in the same direction, raising the odds of a price reversal. For the Nasdaq 100 index, the 65-day fractal dimension fell below the threshold of 1.25, flashing a red flag.
Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart
To be fair, this doesn’t imply an imminent price reversal. It means the bar for sustained gains before a correction is now much higher. However, unless there is a price confirmation, the path of least resistance remains up. Immediate support is at the end-June low of 14550-14650 -- a break below the support would confirm that the upward pressure had faded. On the upside, immediate resistance is at the April 2022 high of 15265, and a stronger barrier is at the 2021 record high of 16765.
S&P 500 Weekly Chart
S&P 500: Clears tough hurdle
After months of sideway/choppy price action, the S&P 500 index earlier this month rose above the vital ceiling at the August high of 4325. Momentum on the weekly charts is picking up after the bullish break, pointing to further gains. The break has opened the gates toward the April 2022 high of 4637, potentially the 2022 record high of 4819.
--- Written by Manish Jaradi, Strategist for DailyFX.com
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