The stock market, as measured by the Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) continues to trade in a fairly tight range, which is beginning to frustrate just about everyone. There is support at 2070, and the 2130-2135 area is now strong resistance. As a result, the $SPX chart is neutral.
Equity-only put-call ratios are about as noncommital as I can remember. Both are drifting sideways, meaning they're not really on a strong trend of any kind.
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The Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) had a few bearish days, but managed to successfully test support near 2070 twice this month. $SPX remains within the trading range of 2070 - 2135.
The equity-only put-call ratios continue to generally trend sideways, which makes them neutral. Even though the standard ratio is trending slightly higher and the weighted ratio is trending slightly lower, neither is on a valid signal at this time.
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Despite some indications this week that the market might break down, it did not do so. In fact, the Standard & Poors 500 Index ($SPX) held near the previous support level of 2070, thereby strengthening that level as market support. On the upside, there is resistance at the old highs of 2135, so $SPX remains locked in the 2070-2135 trading range.
Not much has changed in the market in the last week, with one possible exception: was yesterday's breakdown below near-term support significant, or was it just another meandering that will have no follow-through? Based on recent history, it's probably the latter (no follow-through). More than likely, we are still in a trading range for $SPX, between support at 2070 and resistance at 2135.
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There has been a rather large amount of hoopla about two new companion ETF’s that are designed to track the cash levels of $VIX – the CBOE’s Volatility Index. There have been articles on Bloomberg, Seeking Alpha, Barron’s, and Yahoo! Finance, not to mention the web sites of the principal’s involved: NASDAQ and Accushares.
$SPX remains stalled just below the all-time highs, which are at 2135. The support at 2070 (the lows of March and April) remains in place.
Equity-only put-call ratios are technically still on sell signals. But as you can see from Figures 2 and 3, they have been drifting sideways for a couple of weeks.
Market breadth oscillators gave sell signals prior to Tuesday's market decline. They remain on those sell signals, despite the broad market's attempt to recover.
The Striking Price column in Barron’s (May 4, 2015) discussed the fact that there are going to be weekly listed $VIX futures and $VIX options.