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Pre-market update (updated 9am eastern):

  • Europe is trading 2.5% higher. 
  • Asian markets traded 1.6% higher. 
  • US futures are trading significantly higher nearly 2% above the previous close.   

Economic reports due out (all times are eastern): ICSC-Goldman Store Sales (7:45am), Redbook (8am), PMI Manufacturing Index (8:58am), Construction Spending (10am), ISM Manufacturing Index (10am), FOMC Minutes (2pm)

Technical Outlook (SPX):

  • Congress passed through both houses an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff and as a result, futures are rocketing the highest we've seen in a very, very long time. 
  • You also have 
  • The last three years we've seen the first day of the trading year open up by 22 points, 9 points, and 11 points. Of those three times, only once did we finish lower (2010). 
    • Needless to say, there has a undercurrent of buy support at the initial open of the first trading session after New Year's Day. 
  • I'm always skeptical of large gap ups in the market. But a strong news piece like this one can easily sustain the markets. 
  • However, be aware of the possibility for a sell-off after the first hour of trading. Large gap ups though are much easier to sustain than large gap downs. 
  • Be strategic about your trades. Don't chase this market today, just because you feel like you are missing out on a huge move. There are over 220 trading days remaining this year.  You'll have plenty of opportunities for gains. 
  • We a looking at breaking the previous recent  highs at 1448 right at the open today. In doing so, it muddles the technical outlook quite a bit as we  just created a lower low two trading sessions ago. 
  • Monday's price action saw the market reclaim the 10-day, 20-day and 50-day moving averages
  • VIX dropped 21% from 22 down to 18 flat. 

My Opinions & Trades:

Chart for SPX:

S and P 500 Market Analysis 1-01-13

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