S&P 500 Forecast From August 27, 2012 - Upside is limited but downside is huge! (Expected Trading Range: 1278 - 1420)
Aug 25, 2012 - S&P 500 closed today 1411.13 which is about 7 points down compared to last week close of 1418.16 on Aug 17, 2012. S&P 500 was trading between 1398.04 and 1426.68 which is a swing of about 28 points.
Last Week Analysis - Testing all time high would be successful?
S&P was trading in narrow range of between 1398 and 1427 which is unusal and it shows that market is getting enough fear to cross this boundary. Since the next target would be a testing of all time high for S&P 500 which is also unsual with the current market weak fundamentals.
US will hold presidential elections on Nov 06, 2012
With respect to US long term treasury prices, TLT closed today at 124.81 which is a significant gain of 2.61% for this week compared to the last week close of 121.63. However TLT reached its all time high point of 132.21 on July 25, 2012. The upside is very much limited on US treasuries and downside is huge. In the short time, it will go up. So if you are trading on US treasuries in the short term, it is a good time to liquidate your long position on US treasuries.
Last Week Low: 1398.04
Last Week High: 1426.68
If you are a medium or long term conservative investors,
1. Initate short position on US treasuries.
2. Liquidate your long positions on Stocks and convert them to cash (US$)
For Speculators and Intraday Players - Bet on Volatility
CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed today at 15.18 which is decent recover from the last week low of 13.45. The collapse of VIX signals that market does not have any fear and is going to make a powerful upmove. Still fundamentally the US market is very week due to unemployment and slumping house prices along with US debt downgrade. Always fundamental wins in the long run. You can consider taking long positios on VIX also.
Only if you are day trader, you can have the following options:
1. Buy 1X OTM call option and 2X OTM put option - Long Strip.
2. Long Stocks and stop loss orders
3. Long Stocks with long put options
Note: OTM - means Outside the money.
Next Resistance Levels:
strong resistance level at: 1413.38 set on April 3, 2012
strong resistance level at: 1400 - crazy market move
strong resistance level at: 1345.02 set on Jul 22, 2011.
strong resistance level at: 1348.24 set by 50 days EMA.
strong resistance level at: 1386.95 set on Mar 16, 2007
strong resistance level at: 1433.06 set on Aug 03, 2007
strong resistance level at: 1440.70 set on Nov 23, 2007
strong resistance level at: 1453.55 set on Sep 07, 2007
strong resistance level at: 1,530.23 set on May 30, 2007 (first closing high after dot com bubble)
strong resistance level at: 1,552.87 set on Mar 24, 2000 (all time high during dot com bubble)
strong resistance level at: 1,565.15 set on Oct 09, 2007 (all time high during housing buble before sub prime crisis)
Next Support Levels:
strong support level at: 1323.38 set by 200 Days EMA.
strong support level at 1189.40 set on Nov 26, 2010
strong support level at 1119.46 set on Aug 08, 2011
minor support level at 1064.59 set on Aug 27, 2010
strong support level at 1022.58 set on Jul 02, 2010
strong support level at 1036.18 set on Oct 30, 2009
strong support level at 946.21 set on Jun 12, 2009
strong support level at 827.37 set on Sep 27, 2002
strong support level at 683.38 set on Mar 06, 2009
strong support level at 638.73 set on Jul 19, 1996 - Might see this number again when completing double dip bottom
Posted on Aug 26, 2012