U.S. indexes drop early; financials down most

Perkara utama:
  • Major U.S. stock indexes fall; DJI off >1%
  • Financials lead S&P sector losses; energy leads gainers
  • Euro STOXX 600 index up ~0.8%
  • Dollar, bitcoin down; gold, crude rally
  • U.S. 10-Year Treasury yield falls to ~3.62%


Major U.S. stock indexes are lower in early trading Thursday, with the Dow DJI down more than 1%, as investors looked over a host of economic data, including a report showing U.S. consumer spending increased solidly in October.

A separate report showed U.S. manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in 2-1/2 years in November.

Financials SPF are leading declines among major S&P 500 SPX sectors, while energy SPN and utilities S5UTIL are in positive territory.

The declines follow a rally in stocks Wednesday, when investors cheered remarks by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Powell said during a speech that slowing the pace of the U.S. central bank's interest rate hikes is a good way to reduce the risk the Fed will overtighten policy as it fights too-high inflation.

Here is the early market snapshot:

(Caroline Valetkevitch)



Thomson Reuters

Indeed, after a 397-trading day run of closes above its 200-DMA, the SPX ended below this moving average on Jan. 21, 2022.

Five stints back above it from later that month to early April lasted as long as nine trading days (tds) and as short as one trading day (average 4.4).

A dip back to the moving average on Feb. 4 did hold temporarily. However, the subsequent bounce failed to make a new reaction high, and the SPX then collapsed again.

Wednesday's close back above the 200-DMA was the first since April 7, or 163 tds. This, after the moving average proved to be near-perfect resistance in mid-August.

Of note, in the wake of a 58-trading day run of closes below the 200-DMA with the early-2020 pandemic crash, once reclaimed, the SPX only saw two one-day closing violations of the moving average, with both by only about 0.4%, as a major bull-run was unfolding.

The moving average ended Wednesday at 4,050.30, and will likely dip to around 4,048.50 on Thursday.

Thus, ideally, on any pullback to now test the 200-DMA as support, traders will want to see short-lived and minor violations at most, prior to a snap to new reaction highs.

That said, there are more hurdles not far above Wednesday's 4,080.11 close, which was also the high of the day.

For the start, the resistance line from the January high now comes in around 4,103 on Thursday. It is falling around 3 points per-session. It also played its part in capping summer strength.

The Sept. 12 high was at 4,119.28 and the 76.4%/78.6% Fibonacci retracement zone of the August-October down-leg is in the 4,128-4,147 area.

The 100-DMA, which ended Wednesday at 3,921, has recently been showing its mettle as support. It contained weakness in mid and late November.

(Terence Gabriel)


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