S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) Still Looking to Crack 20

The S&P 500 Volatility Index ($VIX) had its 3-session winning streak snapped despite tagging an opening high of 24.47. Current and lower resistance at 24.50-25 was challenged but held for the 2nd-straight session. A close above the 25 level would suggest further upside towards 27.50-28 and the 200-day/50-day moving averages which just formed a death cross.
 
This technical pattern is typically a bearish development that signals lower lows. This would be, however, a bullish signal for the market and the continued assault on record highs.
 
Near-term and upper support at 22.50-22 was also breached but held on the late day fade to 22.06. A close below the 20 level and the monthly low at 20.28 would be important bullish signals for the market. This would confirm the death-cross pattern for lower lows with additional gap-down and backtest potential towards the 17.50-17 area and levels from late February.

Monday’s (8/17/2020) earnings announcements (JD, CWCO, BEST…)

Monday’s (8/17/2020) earnings announcements:

Before the open: Consolidated Water (CWCO), Eagle Point Credit (ECC), Gulf Resources (GURE), JD.com (JD), Milestone Scientific (MLSS), Niu Technologies (NIU), SWK Holdings (SWKH)

After the close: Americas CarMart (CRMT), Best (BEST), China Biologic Products (CBPO), Dolphin Entertainment (DLPN), Edison Nation (EDNT), Fabrinet (FN), Progressive Care (RXMD), Social Reality (SRAX)

Economic News:

NAHB Housing Market Index – 10:00am

Analyst Upgrades/ Downgrades

Analyst Upgrades/ Downgrades
 
Estee Lauder (EL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs
Schlumberger (SLB) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Wells Fargo
 
Baker Hughes (BKR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs
BJ’s Wholesale (BJ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deere (DE) was downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan

Spider Small-Cap 600 ETF (SLY) Down 3-straight Sessions

The Spider Small-Cap 600 ETF (SLY) extended its losing streak to 3-straight sessions after trading to an intraday low of $51.08 while closing back below its 50-day moving average. Near-term and upper support at $51.50-$51 was breached but held. A close below the latter would be an ongoing bearish signal with additional pullback potential towards $50.50-$50.

Lowered resistance is at $52.50-$53 with additional hurdles at $54-$54.50.

RSI remains in a downtrend with upper support at 50-45 holding. A move below the latter would be a bearish signal for additional weakness towards 40-35 and early April levels. Resistance is at 55-60.

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Before the open: AMC Networks (AMCX), Black Knight (BKI), Dominion Energy (D), Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCAU), Gladstone Capital (GLAD), Haemonetics (HAE), Incyte (INCY), Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), L3Harris Technologies (LHX), LendingTree (TREE), MGM Growth Properties (MGP), Newmont Mining (NEM), Premier (PINC), Sealed Air (SEE), TopBuild (BLD), US Foods Holding (USFD), Wayfair (W)

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Market Update for 2/5

Bulls Extend Winning Streak to 3-Straight

5:00pm (EST)

The market was higher for the 3rd-straight session on Wednesday as private sector employment soared with additional better-than-expected economic news keeping the bullish sentiment intact. The reported number of coronavirus cases of the deadly disease continues to rise in China but didn’t dampen enthusiasm as the outbreak is still mainly contained to that country.

More importantly, there are reports of some success in treating the virus using existing drugs along with U.K. scientists reporting a significant breakthrough on a vaccine. The major indexes look poised for higher highs but volatility remains elevated and the pullback in Tech off the high was a slight concern going forward.

The Dow soared 1.7% with the late session high tapping 29,308. Prior and lower resistance at 29,000-29,200 was cleared and held with a move above the all-time high at 27,373 signaling additional strength towards 29,400-29,600.

The Russell 2000 rose 1.5% after testing a late day high of 1,682. Near-term and lower resistance at 1,670-1,685 was cleared and held with a close above the latter getting the 1,700 level back in focus.

The S&P 500 surged 1.1% following the afternoon run to 3,337 while missing a new all-time high by a quarter-point. Current resistance at 3,300-3,325 was cleared and held with upside potential towards 3,350-3,375 on continued closes above the 3,335 level.

The Nasdaq was up 0.4% after trading to a 2nd-straight all-time high of 9,574. Fresh and lower resistance at 9,550-9,600 was cleared but held with a move above the latter signaling momentum towards 9,650-9,700.

Energy led sector strength after zooming 3.8% while Healthcare and Financials rallied 2%. Real Estate was the only sector laggard after slipping 0.1%.