The S&P 500 is slouching toward a weekly loss on this jobs-report day, dogged by chatter about a “tech wreck.”
But no one should be surprised by the stock market’s latest moves, says CrackedMarket’s Jani Ziedins, delivering our call of the day.
“This market has been moving in 100-point increments since early spring,” he writes in a note to his subscribers.
“We bounced off of 2,800 support a few weeks back, and it is now time to rest after cracking 2,900. Nothing more, nothing less.”
His chart below shows the S&P stepping from 2,600 to 2,700, then to 2,800, and finally, 2,900 — taking breathers along the way. The trader and writer has shared the graphic in a blog post that isn’t behind a paywall.
“I cannot predict the future, but when the market keeps doing the same thing over and over again, it isn’t hard to figure out what comes next,” he writes in that post.
Ziedins advises against jumping in at this point, even as his take suggests that traders might want to get their “S&P 3,000” hats ready.
“It is still a little too early to buy the dip,” he says. “In a perfect world, we crash all the way down to 2,800 support before bouncing.”
Key market gauges
Futures for the Dow YMU8, -0.13% , S&P 500 ESU8, -0.10% and Nasdaq-100 NQU8, -0.15% are lower, after the Dow DJIA, +0.08% closed slightly higher yesterday, but the S&P SPX, -0.37% and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.91% fell for a third day in a row. The Dow is up 0.1% for the week, as of Thursday’s close, while the S&P and Naz are down by 0.8% and 2.3%, respectively.
Europe SXXP, -0.12% is dropping, after Asia mostly closed with losses. Oil CLV8, +0.16% and gold GCZ8, +0.23% are a bit higher, while the dollar index DXY, -0.05% is making relatively small moves. Bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.94% is trading around $6,400.
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Broadcom AVGO, -2.46% , Palo Alto Networks PANW, -0.84% , Marvell Technology MRVL, -4.98% and Five Below FIVE, +0.65% look set for up days after their results late yesterday, while GameStop GME, -0.74% appears headed in the other direction.
The companies on the earnings docket ahead of the opening bell include Genesco GCO, -1.26% , the parent for Journeys, Lids and other retail chains.
On the Federal Reserve front, the Boston Fed’s Eric Rosengren and the Cleveland Fed’s Loretta Mester are due to talk ahead of the open, and the Dallas Fed’s Robert Kaplan is slated to speak around lunchtime.
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The front runner in Brazil’s presidential race, Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed yesterday in a near-fatal attack.
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