A: It is the price level where each component of the index REPORTS and its OUTLOOK for the coming quarter.
There are 4 times a year when we KNOW THE MOST about a stock and that is when the company reports its for the most recent quarter and then they provide their outlook for the coming quarter. This is the most important time for analysts, investors and traders to focus on a stock and listen to what the company has to say. The company has to go through a two week "Quiet Period" prior to reporting and anticipation is high. The company then has several weeks of information about the new quarter to help guide expectations for the coming quarter, which gets quickly analyzed and priced into the market.
The way to look at the market is to understand that this process is unfolding and that these "EARNINGS LEVELS" represent "Fair Value" for each company. Once about half of the stocks report , the market has been building time around that level until the end of the quarter and before the new quiet period before the next quarterly reports start.
The YELLOW BOX represents choppy back-and-forth trading around the "composite level" at the end of each quarter.
season begins again in a couple of weeks, in the middle of October so you can imagine that nerves will be at their most sensitive between now and the start of announcements.
I hope this perspective of the markets gives you a greater understanding for how the market works and potentially you can see the hidden patterns that are here as well. For example: Do you see how the market trades in a tighter range around the KEY LEVEL once it is "set in place"? That is valuable information, if you know how to find it.
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9/30/2016 End Of Quarter