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S&P 500: small pullback before new highs

June 8, 2016 12:50 PM
<p>The S&P 500 is now just 20 or so points away from reaching its previous record high of 2134/5 achieved back in May 2015. Will it reach or surpass this level remains to be seen, but with oil prices rallying, Chinese data improving slightly and central banks remaining uber-dovish, I wouldn’t bet against it. That being said, profit-taking may cause ...

S&P 500: Stocks, oil regain poise after initial wobble post oil data

May 18, 2016 12:00 PM
<p>U.S. stocks and crude oil prices were quick to bounce back from the initial wobble in the immediate aftermath of the official US weekly oil inventories report from the EIA as traders (and algos) responded to the headline build of 1.31 million barrels. Clearly this wrong-footed many speculators who had expected to see another drawdown following la...

S&P 500 faces key test next week

April 22, 2016 10:10 AM
<p>As we go to press, stocks and crude oil prices were off their lows as the sellers eased off the gas ahead of the weekend. The European markets had started Friday’s session on a downbeat note, weighed down by a slump in share prices of carmakers while miners were lower due to a slightly weaker oil price.  The winning streak on Wall Street came to ...

S&P 500 ends roller-coaster Q1 higher; expect more volatility in Q2

March 31, 2016 2:30 PM
<p>Today marks the last trading day of March and also the end of first quarter of 2016, and what a roller-coaster quarter it has been for U.S. and global equities! A big sell-off at the start of the year for the S&P 500 was followed by a modest rebound and then another sell-off which failed to penetrate the prior low, leading to a sharp bounce in th...

S&P 500 rally losing momentum

March 16, 2016 1:40 PM
<p>Ahead of the FOMC statement, the charts of the S&P suggest there is a possibility for a pullback in US stock markets, though at this stage there are no confirmation signs to suggest this will indeed be the case. Bullish speculators should therefore proceed with extra caution, while the conservative bears may want to wait for confirmation.  The ou...