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Retailers struggled to entice shoppers with their Black Friday offerings. Spending dropped by an estimated 11% over the weekend. Consumer spending fell to $50.9 billion from $57.4 billion in 2013 and made this the second Black Friday in the row that saw the sales figures tumbling. Even though retailers had aggressive discounts and longer opening hours many of the shoppers stayed at home. It was estimated that more than six million shoppers that had been expected to come did not want to or just simply could not afford to join the Black Friday shopping circus. This has raised concerns of how well the recovery in the US economy is doing.

Weekly with NYSE Volume

S&P 500, Weekly

The S&P 500 emini future (ES) created a narrow range candle last week. This implies no demand at those levels and increases probabilities of a sizeable correction. Up volume in the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) has moved to so high levels that in the light of recent history cannot be sustained. In the past this has caused the market to move sideways and/or correct lower. ES has now moved below the last week’s low of 2060.75 which should limit any immediate rally attempts while the Stochastic Oscillator is overbought and about to roll over. A more significant weekly support level can be found at September high of 2014.50 with a Fibonacci level nearby at 2010.44, while weekly resistance levels are at 2060.75 and 2075.25 (the range of this weekly pivot high).

ES 240 min

S&P 500, 240 min

Money Flow Index and Stochastics have had bearish divergence while volume has been trending lower over the month of November. This means that there has been less participation in this market and has had obviously bearish implications. Since 21st November the decline in the average volume has been intensifying but it can be at least partly explained by the long weekend due to the thanks giving day in States. However, the bearish indication that this kind of development has was confirmed by the creation of a weekly narrow range candle last week and price now moving below it. Trading started this week with a gap opening lower, which is a further indication of weakness in demand. The last time we’ve had a gap opening lower after a period of rising prices, was on 22nd of September and lead to a 9% correction in the S&P emini and stocks in general.

ES 60_1 min

S&P 500, 60 min

Daily high from 18th November has provided some support this morning but the intraday resistance between 2057.50 and 2059.50 has at the time of writing provided a short term sell signal (a 15 min shooting star in the insert) and confirmed the downward bias for today.


A narrow range candle last week is an implication that there is no demand at those levels and increases probabilities of a correction. At the same time oscillators are rolling over from overbought zone and trading started this week with a gap opening lower, all these are further indications of weakness in demand. The last time we’ve had a gap opening lower after a period of rising prices, was on 22nd of September. This lead to a 9% correction in the S&P emini and it therefore makes sense to therefore look for a correction to at least to the next important weekly support level at 2014.50, the weekly pivot high from September. If the price keeps on making lower highs in the intraday charts and keeps on giving sell signals at resistance levels (similar to the 15 min insert) I would keep on trading them and look to go long only if this pattern is broken or ES moves to the 2014.50 support where I believe we have some potential of finding more lasting support. Always look for momentum reversal signals to confirm the support and resistance levels.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this communication contains, or should be considered as containing, an investment advice or an investment recommendation or a solicitation for the purpose of purchase or sale of any financial instrument.

Janne Muta
Chief Market Analyst

Monday, 01 Dec, 2014 / 10:08

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