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S&P 500 Post CPI Rally Muted by Technical Resistance

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S&P 500 Post CPI Outlook: 4000 Technical Support and Resistance Firms Ahead of Earnings

  • SPX 500 retests 4021 but bears retaliate driving prices back below 4000.
  • US equity futures mixed after US CPI prints in-line with expectations. Inflation pressures ease but robust labor market could give the Fed more ammunition to hold rates higher for longer.
  • S&P 500 futures muted below technical resistance at 200-day MA (moving average)
  • Earnings and Michigan Sentiment on tap.

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S&P 500 Rises Above 4000 Before Falling Lower

US CPI fell in-line with expectations with both Core and headline inflation declining in the month of December. With investors and the Fed monitoring these figures closely, easing price pressures lifted S&P 500 futures driving prices back above 4,000 before moving lower.

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S&P 500 (SPX) 30 Minute Chart

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Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa using TradingView

S&P 500 Technical Analysis

After trading in a narrow zone of confluency below 3900, the release of a mixed NFP report and weak ISM data triggered the initial move. The restoration of bullish momentum resulted in a weekly close above prior resistance turned support between 3928 – 3912.

Even though the data highlighted a slowdown in the US services and manufacturing sector, lower rate expectations overshadowed recession fears. This helped bolster demand for equities futures, driving the S&P higher.

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With the recovery following through to this week, SPX 500 continued toward the next big level of resistance at the key psychological level of 4000.

S&P 500 Daily Chart

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As the major stock index continues to threaten this zone, a temporary retest of 4020 was met with swift retaliation by bears. From the four-hour chart below, the long wick above the recent candle has illustrated rising efforts from sellers to limit the upside move.

After a series of low-bodied formed slightly above 3985, a deeper correction a hold below long-term trendline resistance has placed additional pressure on the bullish trend.

S&P 500 Four – Hour Chart

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Now that investors have had an opportunity to digest the renewed expectations, tomorrow’s Michigan sentiment report and bank earnings could further assist in driving the short-term move.

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While prices continue to honor the 200-day MA (moving average) at 3990, a drop below 3956 could open the door for bearish continuation towards the same support at prior resistance zone between 3928 – 3912.

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