U.S. Indices Sliding, S&P 500 Rejects Resistance
Shain Vernier • 1 min read
After a massive late-day comeback on Thursday, the U.S. indices have opened Friday’s session negative. In the first hour since the cash open, the DJIA is off 150 points, followed by a drop of 15 for the S&P 500 SPX. Sentiment is shifting negative as the markets are showing signs of exhaustion.
During the U.S. pre-market, the employment numbers for November hit the newswires. It was not the normal strong tone we have come to expect, but a bit of a downer. Here is a look at the hard data:
Event Projected Actual
Average Hourly Earnings (Nov., YoY) 3.1% 3.1%
Non-Farm Payrolls (Nov.) 200K 155K
Unemployment Rate (Nov.) 3.7% 3.7%
U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls for November came in well under projections and the previous release. While most analysts are willing to chalk the downturn up simply as a pre-holiday lull, the decrease does buck an uptrend. However, the aggregate Unemployment Rate is still well under the FED’s benchmark of 4%, a strong signal that the economy remains in an expansionary cycle.
S&P 500 Technicals
After a “crazy” Thursday, the December E-mini S&P 500 has put in a test of topside resistance. Price is trading around the 2675.00 level, quite the bounce from yesterday’s lows of 2621.25.
Here are the resistance levels to watch for today:
- Resistance(1): Daily SMA, 2697.50
- Resistance(2): Bollinger MP, 2716.75
Overview: At press time, the U.S. indices are beginning to show signs of weakness. The early session rejection of the Daily SMA by the December E-mini S&Ps is an ominous sign. Anything can happen, but a drop to the 2650.00 level is very possible. For now, I am in wait-and-see mode when it comes to the U.S. indices.