Pre-market update (updated 9am eastern):

  • Europe is trading mixed/flat. 
  • Asian markets traded mixed/flat. 
  • US futures are trading significantly higher.  

Economic reports due out (all times are eastern): Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey (10:30am), Farm Prices (3pm)

Technical Outlook (SPX):

  • SPX finished lower on Friday for the fifth straight day and for the six time in the last seven sessions. 
  • Fair value for the market is significantly off this morning after a major drop in after hours trading on Friday due to a breakdown in the Fiscal Cliff talks. Fair value is about 12 points lower than where we closed at. 
  • We are likely to test at some point the lower Bollinger Band on SPX. Often times we will repeatedly test this level before actually bouncing. 
  • We could see a test of the 200 day moving average. There hasn't been anything significant about this moving average over the past year in terms of support/resistance so I wouldn't expect much of it today or going forward. 
  • The S&P is going to finish the year in positive territory and likely in excess of 10%. 
  • Expect light volume levels considering it is New Year's Eve today.
  • SPX is currently trading in oversold territory. 
  • We finished Friday below the critical level of 1411 which thereby ends the trend off of the November lows and creates a new lower-low. 
  • SPX is continuing to price in the strong possibility that we are going over the "Fiscal Cliff" tomorrow.
  • On the flip side, if we are surprised by some kind of mutual agreement between now and the end of the year, expect a major rip higher in the markets - likely  30-40 points on the SPX. 
  • Weekly chart still looks bearish overall with the failure at overhead resistance keeping the market from progressing higher. 
  • The 30-min chart had gone decidedly bearish with a new lower-low and end to the previous uptrend. 
  • VIX finished above 22 - a level that hasn't been reached since June. 

My Opinions & Trades:

Chart for SPX:

S and P 500 Market Analysis 12-31-12

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