Can US stock indices regroup in March after a February to forget?
Wall Street staged a tentative rebound overnight after a mostly soft February but with one more day of trading to go, what can traders expect?
Key US stock indices staged a tentative rebound overnight following a retracement in Treasury yields as durable goods orders fell 4.5% in January, the most since the onset of the pandemic.
Much of the fall in durable goods was due to the volatile transport orders component. After transport was stripped out, the index increased by 0.7% vs the 0% expected. Elsewhere Pending Home Sales surged by 8.1%, its biggest gain since June 2020.
If markets were hoping for cooler data after last week’s eye-popping PCE core inflation print, these weren’t the numbers they were looking for.
Apart from month-end rebalancing flows, which can impact markets, interest tonight will be focused on the Conference Board Consumer Confidence indicator for February.
After the fifth warmest January on record, we see upside risks to consensus expectations for Consumer Confidence to rise from 107.1 to 108.5.
If our hunch proves correct, this will throw more fuel on the fire that the economy is reaccelerating.
S&P 500 technical analysis
On Friday night, the S&P 500 closed below the uptrend support at 4000 from the October lows but held the support provided by the 200-day moving average at 3950. A position it remains in today.
Providing the S&P 500 holds above the 200-day moving average, we give the rally from the October low (viewed as countertrend or corrective) the benefit of the doubt towards the August 4327 high before fading.
Aware that should the S&P 500 see a sustained close below 3950, it would confirm that the rally from the October lows has been corrective, and the downtrend has resumed.
S&P 500 daily chart
Nasdaq technical analysis
The correction in the Nasdaq from its February 12,950 high has thus far tested and held the 200-day moving average at 11,944. Providing the Nasdaq holds above 11,944, allow the rally from the October lows to take another leg higher in March towards the August 13,740 high.
Aware that a sustained close back below the 200-day MA at 11,944 would confirm that the rally from the October lows has been corrective and the downtrend has resumed.
Nasdaq daily chart
Dow Jones technical analysis
The Dow Jones has spent the first two months of 2023 trading sideways, consolidating its gains from the October 28,660 low.
Providing the Dow Jones remains above the December 32,573 low and the 200-day moving average at 32,350, the correction appears bullish, and we would expect to see the Dow Jones test and break its December 34,712 high, before a move towards the April 2022 35492 high.
Aware that should the Dow Jones lose the band of support 32570/32350, it would warn that a deeper pullback is underway.
Dow Jones daily chart
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