Last weekend, in my Market Forecast, I wrote:
"We might see some weakness in the broader market to start the week. We will have to see if sideline buyers are ready to jump in once again. SPX has support between 2120 and 2100. If SPX breaks above 2130 again, watch out bears!"
The market did indeed took a quick drop on Monday. Buyers also came in when SPX hit 2100. Tuesday, we saw a big rush of buying, partially helped by the rally in semiconductors, as M&A activities heated up in the sector. But, SPX saw some resistance above 2125. Thursday was a struggle for direction. Stocks slid again on Friday.
We traded really well last week, continuing to propel the value of my Ecstatic Plays higher:
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We had mostly profitable trades. BRCM, CAVM, AVGO, and XLNX calls were all winners! Here are the closed trades for the week:
For the week, the Dow was down 221.34 points; SPX fell 18.67 points; Nasdaq slid 19.33 points. Gold fell again, this time closing below $1200/ounce. Oil got a big pop on Friday, ending the week above $60/barrel (WTI). At the time of this writing, Asian markets were mixed, with China (up +2.8%) and Hong Kong (up +0.7) bouncing. Let's where the US markets closed on Friday:
On Friday, SPX slipped 13.4 points to close at 2107.39. It closed just below its daily MAs. The MACD moved lower.
Nasdaq fell 27.95 points to close at 5070.03. It closed just below its 10-day MA. The MACD was little changed.
SPX slipped just below its daily MAs. But, Nasdaq is much stronger, helped by the semiconductor sector. For the new week, the broader market is looking a little vulnerable here. It seems people are waiting to see how the negotiations go with Greece, EU, and other creditors. We might see a mixed market on Monday, as buyers will probably buy up more semis. The latest on INTC and ALTR is that an $17 billion deal is close to being done. Below SPX 2100, there's quite a bit of support between 2100 and 2080, as this market has been trading range-bound since mid-February, even though it did recently make a new high and pushed the range a little wider. This market won't break down unless it fell below 2080. So, there's lots of support here. M&A activities are still going, so, people may be cautious in the coming week, until they know what's going on with Greece/EU. We can see the caution in the financials. One thing that did surprise me was that oil got a big jump on Friday, but the energies did not move.
We will probably trade lightly in the coming week, until we hear more from Greece/EU.
FAS pulled back last week, but, still closed above its 30-day MA. Its MACD, though, did turn lower. Big banks are all still healthy (GS, JPM, WFC, BAC). Let's call this sector neutral right now.
FDN is also neutral, closing in between its bunched daily MAs. MACD looks flat with a slight downward tilt. GOOG, NFLX, AMZN, FB all look neutral.
SOXX got a big jump last week. Our trades on BRCM, CAVM, AVGO, and XLNX were all winners. INTC/ALTR will probably bring more speculations on Monday. We'll look at these again, surely.
One thing that did catch my attention is that XRT looks somewhat weak. It closed below its daily MAs. Some recent earnings from this sector, such as KORS and WMT, probably pressured this sector. It looks like XRT has a support at $97. We'll keep an eye on this level. AMZN has probably helped propping this group up.
Good night and HappyTrading! ™