S&P 500 going sideways: Are we getting close to breaking out?

There’s still no clear direction, as stock prices continue to fluctuate following their mid-June sell-off. So is this a bottoming pattern?

The S&P 500 index lost 0.13% on Wednesday, as it continued to fluctuate below the 3,800 level. Earlier in the week it retraced last week’s Wednesday’s-Friday decline to new medium-term low of 3,636.87. On Friday the market was 1,181.75 points or 24.5% below its Jan. 4 record high of 4,818.62. And on Tuesday it bounced up to around 3,780. Yesterday buyers gave up at 3,800 level though.

There’s still a lot of uncertainty and worries about inflation data, tightening Fed’s monetary policy and the Russia- Ukraine conflict. Today we will get another Fed Chair Powell’s Testimony at 10:00 a.m. This morning the S&P 500 index will likely open 0.5% higher, following an overnight retreat from the 3,800 level.

The nearest important resistance level is at around 3,800-3,850, marked by the previous support level. The resistance level is also at 3,900. On the other hand, the support level is at 3,650-3,700. The S&P 500 index trades within an over week-long consolidation, as we can see on the daily chart.

Futures contract remains below the 3,800 level

Let’s take a look at the hourly chart of the S&P 500 futures contract. Last week it broke below the previous consolidation. The market reached new medium-term low on Friday, as it tumbled below the 3,700 level. This morning it is fluctuating slightly below the short-term resistance level of 3,800.

Conclusion

The S&P 500 index will likely open 0.5% higher this morning and we may see another attempt at breaking above the 3,800 level. For now, it looks like a consolidation within a downtrend or a bottoming pattern.

Here’s the breakdown:


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