Short-Term Forecast For Thursday, March 26

We are 3 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the short-term cycle that began on March 24.

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The magnitude and duration of the last beta phase decline reconfirm the current bearish short-term trend and favor additional short-term weakness during the next decline phase.

S&P 500 Index Daily Chart Analyses

The following technical and cycle analyses provide short-term forecasts for the S&P 500 index.

Technical Analysis

The index closed sharply higher today, reacting further off of previous lows of the violent downtrend from February. Technical indicators are moderately bearish overall, favoring a return to previous lows of the decline.

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Cycle Analysis

We are 3 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the cycle following the short-term cycle low (STCL) on March 23. The magnitude and duration of the last beta phase decline reconfirm the bearish translation and favor additional short-term weakness. The window during which the next STCL is likely to occur is from May 4 to May 22, with our best estimate being in the May 14 to May 20 range.

  • Last STCL: March 23, 2020
  • Cycle Duration: 3 sessions
  • Cycle Translation: Bearish
  • Next STCL Window: May 4 to May 22; best estimate in the May 14 to May 20 range.
  • Setup Status: No active setups.
  • Trigger Status: No pending triggers.
  • Signal Status: No active signals.
  • Stop Level: None active.

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Short-term Outlook

  • Bullish Scenario: A close above current levels would predict a move up to the middle of the Bollinger bands at 2,678.
  • Bearish Scenario: A reversal and close below the previous short-term low at 2,237 would reconfirm the downtrend from February and forecast additional losses.

The bullish scenario is slightly more likely (~60 probable).

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