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Midweek Market Update April 5, 2023
Today’s note will be brief, and there will not be a Weekend Market Update Friday due to the holiday.
Last Friday the markets capped off a powerful four-day move by rising steadily all day and closing near the highs. We entered the weekend with SPY about $10 above its 8-day moving average. The QQQs were in a similar state, extended higher by about $9.50.
Being mindful that the space between the 8 and 10-day MAs can be considered short-term price equilibrium helps us expect pullbacks like we’re seeing today. That doesn’t mean drastic action is needed. But it can be a signal to reduce some size, take some profits, and have some cash ready for new opportunities.
That’s where we are today as SPY and QQQ work off that extension and move back toward equilibrium.
As we close out the week, shortened by the Good Friday holiday, see if the short-term averages can continue to support prices. If they do, and if the nonfarm payroll number (which will still be released Friday morning) doesn’t come with a surprise, maybe the up-move can resume next week.
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SPY moved near its 8-day and below the 407.66 pivot before the ‘now typical’ late-day rally lifted it back above.
QQQ dipped below its 8-day and into the 314-315 pivot zone before closing very near the ATH AVWAP.
IWM continues to be a weaker index as it continued yesterday’s powerful selloff. It’s still vulnerable while below the declining 8 and 21-day MAs.
DIA held up well and looks like a bullish consolidation pattern.
DXY has day two beneath the 50% retracement level. What was starting to look like a 102-105 range now may be giving clues that it could keep going lower instead.
VIX is still low and quiet.
XLF looks very similar to IWM which has heavy exposure to the troublesome group of regional banks. This continues to be a red flag for stocks overall as bullish moves can be more difficult to sustain without bank participation.
XLE is holding recent gains well and staying above the 50-day MA and the AVWAP.
BTCUSD Bitcoin gets tighter and tighter as it tries to breach the ATH AVWAP.
ETHUSD Ethereum found itself in a box a little sooner and was able to break out only to then be slowed by its ATH AVWAP.
Speaking of currencies:
As “de-dollarization” is the crisis du jour it is important to remember that scary headlines get the clicks and the eyeballs. To refute this, there are some very thorough reports making the rounds that examine reasons why it is incredibly unlikely that the U.S. Dollar would lose its world reserve currency status any time soon.
I’ve linked to a few good ones on Twitter. If you’d like to read more you can find them on my timeline.
Again, there will not be a Weekend Market Update Friday due to the holiday. Weekend Weekly Charts will still be up on Twitter at the usual Saturday morning schedule.
Have a beautiful Easter weekend for those of you who celebrate.
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April 5, 2023, 4:00 PM
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