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Stock Market Outlook for January 29, 2019


With a number of gaps around 2650, the S&P 500 Index is revealing an important pivot point.

 

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*** Stocks highlighted are for information purposes only and should not be considered as advice to purchase or to sell mentioned securities.   As always, the use of technical and fundamental analysis is encouraged in order to fine tune entry and exit points to average seasonal trends.

Stocks Entering Period of Seasonal Strength Today:

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) Seasonal Chart

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX) Seasonal Chart

Teleflex, Inc. (NYSE:TFX) Seasonal Chart

Teleflex, Inc. (NYSE:TFX) Seasonal Chart

Universal Electronics, Inc. (NASD:UEIC) Seasonal Chart

Universal Electronics, Inc. (NASD:UEIC) Seasonal Chart

ConocoPhillips  (NYSE:COP) Seasonal Chart

ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) Seasonal Chart

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASD:BONT) Seasonal Chart

Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASD:BONT) Seasonal Chart

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASD:JAKK) Seasonal Chart

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASD:JAKK) Seasonal Chart

 

 

The Markets

Stocks in the US traded lower on Monday following disappointing earnings from Caterpillar and Nvidia.  The S&P 500 Index shed 0.78%, ending well off of the lows of the day and remaining supported, for now, at its 50-day moving average.  Momentum indicators on the daily look continue to roll over, but have yet to trigger sell signals.  The market is in this massive range of congestion just above previous long-term support in the 2550 to 2630 zone, creating a battle between the bears and the bulls as each side attempts to gain control of the market ahead of month-end.

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Turning to a shorter-term look, the large-cap benchmark broke below the lower limit of a rising wedge pattern last week, but it has yet to show anything that is outright bearish.  The benchmark has been consolidating within a tight range between 2625 and 2675.  But the mid-point to that range is perhaps showing the most reaction with a number of gaps charted around 2650.  This is a highly important level that the market is responding to and is likely to provide the pivot for the next short-term move in stocks, depending on what the catalyst is to fuel the direction.  Momentum indicators on the hourly look have been trending lower in recent days, suggesting waning buying pressures.  The characteristics of the indicators remain borderline bullish.

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There is much debate at the present juncture about whether we are starting a new bull market trend or remain in a bear market pattern.  A simple look at the percent of stocks in the S&P 500 Index trading above 200-day moving averages provides an unbiased answer.  When the percent is below 62.5%, periods of prolonged volatility and weakness have typically followed, implying a bear market trend.  Conversely, sustained bull market moves have coincided with the indicator moving above 62.5, implying about two-thirds of stocks are trading above their long-term moving average.  When a large percentage of stocks are below this hurdle, it creates a cap on market momentum and investors are better off taking advantage of short-term sell signals in order to mitigate the volatility in portfolio positions.  The percent of stocks trading above 200-day moving averages presently sits at 38.8% after Monday’s session.

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Sentiment on Monday, as gauged by the put-call ratio, ended close to neutral at 0.99.

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Seasonal charts of companies reporting earnings today:

3M Company (MMM) Seasonal Chart 8x8 Inc (EGHT) Seasonal Chart A.O Smith Corporation (AOS) Seasonal Chart Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Seasonal Chart Align Technology, Inc. (ALGN) Seasonal Chart Allergan plc. (AGN) Seasonal Chart Amgen Inc. (AMGN) Seasonal Chart Apple Inc. (AAPL) Seasonal Chart Autoliv, Inc. (ALV) Seasonal Chart Biogen Inc. (BIIB) Seasonal Chart Boston Properties, Inc. (BXP) Seasonal Chart Brinker International, Inc. (EAT) Seasonal Chart C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW) Seasonal Chart Camden National Corporation (CAC) Seasonal Chart Canadian National Railway Company (CNI) Seasonal Chart Corning Incorporated (GLW) Seasonal Chart Danaher Corporation (DHR) Seasonal Chart Dover Corporation (DOV) Seasonal Chart Eagle Materials Inc (EXP) Seasonal Chart eBay Inc. (EBAY) Seasonal Chart Equity Residential (EQR) Seasonal Chart Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) Seasonal Chart Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG) Seasonal Chart Harris Corporation (HRS) Seasonal Chart Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) Seasonal Chart HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA) Seasonal Chart Hillenbrand Inc (HI) Seasonal Chart IDEX Corporation (IEX) Seasonal Chart Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) Seasonal Chart Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR) Seasonal Chart KLA-Tencor Corporation (KLAC) Seasonal Chart Knight Transportation, Inc. (KNX) Seasonal Chart L3 Technologies, Inc. (LLL) Seasonal Chart Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) Seasonal Chart Nucor Corporation (NUE) Seasonal Chart PACCAR Inc. (PCAR) Seasonal Chart Packaging Corporation of America (PKG) Seasonal Chart Pentair plc. (PNR) Seasonal Chart Pfizer, Inc. (PFE) Seasonal Chart Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) Seasonal Chart PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM) Seasonal Chart Regis Corporation (RGS) Seasonal Chart RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RNR) Seasonal Chart Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) Seasonal Chart Rockwell Automation, Inc. (ROK) Seasonal Chart SAP SE (SAP) Seasonal Chart Stryker Corporation (SYK) Seasonal Chart Total System Services, Inc. (TSS) Seasonal Chart Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Seasonal Chart Xerox Corporation (XRX) Seasonal Chart

 

 

S&P 500 Index

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TSE Composite

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