S&P 500 At 2,900 Mark, Will Stocks Break Higher?

Stocks retraced some of their Tuesday's decline yesterday, as they continued to fluctuate following the recent rally. The S&P 500 index traded slightly below the 2,900 mark. Will the uptrend continue despite some technical overbought conditions?

The U.S. stock market indexes were mixed between 0.0% and +0.7% on Wednesday, as investors hesitated following Tuesday's decline. The S&P 500 index retraced more of its October-December downward correction of 20.2% on Monday. The broad stock market's gauge is now just 1.8% below September the 21st record high of 2,940.91. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was unchanged and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.7% on Wednesday.

The nearest important resistance level of the S&P 500 index remains at 2,890-2,900, marked by some early October local highs. The next resistance level is at 2,920-2,940, marked by the mentioned record high, among others. On the other hand, the support level is at 2,860-2,865, marked by the recent local lows. The support level is also at 2,835-2,850, marked by the previous Monday's daily gap up of 2,836.03-2,848.63.

The broad stock market retraced all of its December sell-off and it broke above the medium-term resistance level of around 2,800-2,820, marked by the October-November local highs recently. So is it still just a correction or a new medium-term uptrend? We may see an attempt at getting back to the record high. There have been no confirmed negative medium-term signals so far. The index got closer to its last October all-time high, as we can see on the daily chart:

 

Resuming Uptrend?

Expectations before the opening of today's trading session are slightly positive, because the index futures contracts trade 0.1-0.2% above their Wednesday's closing prices. The European stock market indexes have gained 0.2-0.8% so far. Investors will wait for some economic data announcements: Producer Price Index, Unemployment Claims at 8:30 a.m. There will also be several speeches from the FOMC Members today. The broad stock market will likely continue to fluctuate following the recent rally. There have been no confirmed negative signals so far.

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