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S&P 500; When bad news is good news

Overnight U.S. equity markets voted that bad news is, in fact, good news, rallying after downbeat comments contained in Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony to the U.S. Congress and in the minutes from the Feds June meeting.

In prepared remarks to the U.S. Congress, Powell said that “it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook” and then added, “inflation pressures remain muted”. Apparent confirmation that last week’s bumper U.S. job reports and the G20 trade truce with China have not derailed the case for a July rate cut.

Earlier this week we wrote that “the most likely outcome at the July 31st FOMC meeting is for a 25bp cut delivered in conjunction with dovish guidance” and that “Powell’s testimony this week should reflect this.” Hence, we aren’t surprised by the dovish tone emanating from overnight events.

However, delivering a pleasant surprise to equity market bulls (and a set back to U.S. dollar bulls) Powell refused to rule out the possibility of a 50bp cut at the July meeting. Once again, the interest rate market has 32 bp of cuts priced for the July meeting, reflecting the increased possibility of a 50bp cut.

Turning now to the charts.  After the overnight rally, the S&P500 is back trading above the big round number resistance at 3000 and on course for a test of the more critical resistance zone 3030/3050 area. This resistance zone comes from the broken uptrend line, from the 2016 low and has proved to be a stumbling block for the market on at least three previous occasions, twice in 2018 and then again in May 2019.

Given its history, traders are likely to be very quick to jump ship on any signs of rejection from the 3030/50 resistance level. Conversely, should the S&P500 close above 3050, it would validate the bad news is good news reaction viewed overnight and allow a push towards the next upside target at 3150.

S&P 500; When bad news is good news

Source Tradingview. The figures stated are as of the 11th of July 2019. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation

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