Weekly Recap: Sellers Show Up After Long Hiatus

The market fell hard last week and erased almost a month of gains as fear resurfaced regarding a global economic slowdown. Remember, for the past few weeks, I noted that the market was very over bought and way overdue to pullback. Now that the market is pulling back, the key is to see if this is an isolated event or if more selling continues. The major indices broke below near-term support (200 DMA line) and the next level of support to watch is the 50 day moving average. If that level is broken then this rally will be in serious jeopardy and the next level of support to watch will be December 2018’s low. 

Monday-Wednesday’s Action:

On Monday, the market opened higher but closed lower as sellers finally showed up after a long hiatus. CNBC reported that the U.S.-China trade negotiations are in the “final stages” as the two sides are set to meet at Mar-a-Lago at the end of March. If a deal is reached, the U.S. could get rid of at least $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and China would remove or cut industry-specific restrictions like those on automobiles. Technically, the bulls showed up and defended the 200 DMA line which is near term support for the major indices as of Monday’s close. Stocks were quiet on Tuesday as investors digested the latest round of earnings data. Shares of Target and Kohls jumped after the two retailers reported earnings. The fact that these stocks rallied on strong numbers bodes well for both Main Street and Wall Street.

On Wednesday, stocks fell as investors digested the latest round of economic data. ADP, the country’s largest private payrolls company, said private payrolls grew by +183,000 in February. That just missed the Street’s estimate for 185k. The report also showed that January’s payrolls were revised higher by 87,000 to 300,000. In other news, the U.S. trade deficit rose to a 10-year high of $59.8 billion despite the administration’s efforts to reduce the number. That was higher than the Street’s number of $57.3 billion.

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