Monday, May 13, 2019

S&P 500 and FTSE 100 charts (May 10, 2019): bears use US-China trade war as excuse to strike hard

S&P 500 index chart pattern

The daily bar chart pattern of S&P 500 dropped below the 'rising wedge' and its 20 day EMA intra-day on Mon. May 6, but pulled back to close just inside the 'wedge' by the end of the day.

Bears took control on Tue. May 7. The index dropped sharply below its 20 day EMA and closed below it, but received good support from its 50 day EMA. The next day, the index traded below its 20 day EMA but above its 50 day EMA.

An intra-day fall below the 50 day EMA on Thu. May 9 was followed by a pullback and close above it. On Fri. May 10, the index formed an 'outside day' candlestick pattern (lower low, higher high), but failed to close above its falling 20 day EMA - losing 2.2% on a weekly closing basis.

Daily technical indicators are looking bearish. MACD is falling below its signal line in bullish zone. RSI is trying to recover after falling below its 50% level. Slow stochastic has bounced up a bit from the edge of its oversold zone. 

Friday's 'outside day' candlestick may be hinting at a continuation of the down trend that started after the index touched its lifetime high of 2954 on May 1.

Inconclusive US-China trade talks and increased US tariffs on Chinese imports should encourage bears to press home their advantage. 

On longer term weekly chart (not shown), the index dropped to test support from its 20 week EMA, and closed above its three weekly EMAs in a long-term bull marketWeekly technical indicators are in bullish zones, but showing downward momentum. 

FTSE 100 index chart pattern

The following remarks were made in last week's post on the daily bar chart pattern of FTSE 100: "The index appears to be forming a large 'cup and handle' pattern, from which the likely breakout is upwards. The 'handle' of the 'cup' is in the process of getting formed... A fall below 7000 will negate the pattern."

The ongoing US-China trade war has affected bullish sentiment in global stock markets. FTSE succumbed to the bears - falling sharply below its 50 day EMA on Tue. May 7, but receiving brief support from its 200 day EMA.

On Thu. May 9, the index dropped below its 200 day EMA into bear territory but managed to cling on to the 7200 level by the end of the week - losing 2.4% on a weekly closing basis. The 'cup and handle' pattern has not been negated yet.

Daily technical indicators are looking bearish and oversold. MACD is falling below its signal line in bearish zone. RSI is falling towards its oversold zone. Stochastic is inside its oversold zone, and can trigger a technical bounce.

On longer term weekly chart (not shown), the index closed just below its merged 20 week and 50 week EMAs, but above its 200 week EMA in long-term bull territory. Weekly technical indicators are looking bearish, and showing downward momentum. MACD has started falling above its signal line in bullish zone. RSI has slipped below its 50% levelStochastic is falling towards its 50% level.

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