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S&P 500, Nasdaq, Dow Jones: US Equity Futures Sink After Recent Gains

S&P 500, Nasdaq, Dow Jones: US Equity Futures Sink After Recent Gains

Tammy Da Costa, Analyst

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US Stock Futures Fall as Fed Expectations Rise

S&P 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow futures are trading lower as Dollar strength returned to markets. With the recent move triggered by Friday’s NFP (non-farm payrolls) report, rate expectations and recession risks continue to drive sentiment.

While the Federal Reserve remains fixated on achieving price stability, surging wage growth and a resilient labor market has contributed to rising inflation. As Fed officials maintain a hawkish narrative, higher yields and USD strength continues to threaten the growth trajectory for stocks.

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Although market participants continue to adjust to changes in the fundamental backdrop, technical levels have provided an additional catalyst for price action.

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S&P 500 Technical Analysis

After a strong rebound off the October low at 3502 triggered a two-month rally that allowed bulls to drive price action into a barrier of trendline resistance holding at 4110. With S&P 500 futures trading within the confines of a falling wedge, a rejection of this level has allowed bears to push prices lower.

As prices hover around the 200-day MA (moving average) level of 4047, support holds at the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the 2022 move around the 4000 psychological level.

S&P 500 Daily Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI)Technical Analysis

With Dow futures trading between 34246 and 34463, the uptrend remains intact. As the extended wicks signifying important zones where bulls and bears collided, price action remains in a well-defined range. While this zone could be imperative for the short-term move, a break of 34463 could bring the December high into play as resistance at 34707.

Dow (US30) Daily Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

Meanwhile, if bears can drive prices below the key psychological level of 34000, an increase of bearish momentum could drive price action back towards 33700.

Nasdaq 100 Technical Analysis

As Nasdaq futures fall to a daily low 11850.25, the current monthly low of 11740 remains as support with a drop below allowing for a probable retest of 11500. For bulls to take control, a hold above 12000 and above 12145 is necessary, paving the way for 12260.

Nasdaq (US100) Daily Chart

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--- Written by Tammy Da Costa, Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Tammy on Twitter: @Tams707

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