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S&P 500 Nears First Test


The S&P 500 is setting up for its first test as it nears resistance in the 1950 area. The chart below shows the index below the falling 200-day SMA and the 50-day SMA below the 200-day SMA. The overall trend here is clearly down, but the ~6% rally over the last six trading days has been quite strong. Even so, the index has yet to clear its first resistance hurdle. Notice that the early February high and 50-day SMA mark potential resistance in the 1950 area (give or take a few points). While a break above this high would be positive, it would still not be enough to reverse the overall downtrend because the index remains well below its falling 200-day SMA. 

he next chart shows the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 with their 50-day SMAs. First, notice that all three are below these moving averages and the moving averages are falling. Second, notice that the S&P 500 is the closest of the three to the 50-day SMA. The Russell 2000 is around 3% from its 50-day SMA and the furthest. 

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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