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SPX and INDU Update: Short-Term Inflection Point


Some key levels which should help indicate whether this corrective rally has run its course.



One thing continues to appear highly likely: The entire rally since 1292 is a correction to the larger trend, which is now down.

Trying to sort out the short term moves has been challenging. Ugly corrections like this are very difficult to predict from day to day, so I've drawn up a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU) to help illustrate some key levels to watch, because the pattern in S&P 500 (SPX) is a complete mess. I think the potential for whipsaws here remains fairly high.

On the chart below, sustained trade beneath the red trendline would serve as first warning to bulls, but a break of 12419 is required to add confidence, and a break of 12311 to confirm.

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The next chart is the intermediate outlook for the S&P 500. It is still expected that the mid-1200s will be seen sometime over the next few weeks.

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Finally, the SPX short-term chart, which also highlights some key levels to watch during the next couple sessions. This chart's messy at the moment, which is why I published the INDU chart to simplify things a bit.

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In conclusion, the rally appears corrective, which strongly suggests new lows to follow. Hopefully, the key levels outlined will aid in illuminating the short-term path the market is planning on taking in the interim. I do believe the potential for whipsaws remains high until it breaks out of this range -- and it would not be out of the ordinary for the market to make another run down to test the lows, and still make one more run back up to the mid-1350s. Until things clarify, I continue to urge caution and nimbleness for short-term traders. Trade safe.

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