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Weekly Stock Market Commentary 8/4/2023

By Lawrence G. McMillan

It took the catalyst of Fitch downgrading the debt rating of the US from AAA to AA+ in order to generate some heavy selling in stocks. So far, most of the damage has been limited to just one day, but that was enough to confirm sell signals from several overbought areas.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 7/28/2023

By Lawrence G. McMillan

For the most part, stocks have remained in an extremely bullish mode over the past week. The one "hiccup" was when heavy selling hit the market the day after the FOMC announcement, ostensibly due to some financial news out of Japan. That created an 80-point range day in $SPX, which is one of the larger ones in recent months. Even so, stocks seem to be bouncing back quickly.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 7/21/2023

By Lawrence G. McMillan

Most major stock indices made new 2023 highs this past week ($RUT; IWM is still a little shy of that). Thus, the charts remain positive, and a "core" bullish position is warranted. There are several gaps on the $SPX chart, and a pullback to support at 4440 would fill all the recent ones. There is further support at 4385, and then major support at 4330 and 4200. A violation of the support at 4330 would be a very negative development and would require a change of our "core" position, but a pullback of that depth doesn't seem likely right now.

On the upside, the next resistance area is at 4650, the March 2022 highs, which occurred early in the 2022 bear market. Beyond that, the all-time highs at 4800 could be in play.

Weekly Stock Market Commentary 7/14/2023

By Lawrence G. McMillan

The last five trading days have seen $SPX rally strongly, breaking out to new 2023 highs. This keeps the $SPX chart bullish and keeps us in our "core" bullish position. $SPX has now reached the first (minor) resistance area at 4510. Above here, the next significant resistance is at 4630, and then the all-time highs at 4800 would be within reach.