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U.S. Stocks Lag Amid Iran Fallout

Posted Monday, January 6, 2020 by
Shain Vernier • 2 min read

It has been a modest session for U.S. stocks, with the three leading indices trading mixed. Through the first half of the trading day, the DJIA DOW (-45), S&P 500 SPX (-2), and NASDAQ (+10) are seeing muted participation. This phenomenon is a bit counterintuitive, in that most institutional traders are back at their desks following the holiday break. For the time being, it appears as though growing tensions in the Middle East are prompting investors to take a wait-and-see stance before assuming more risk in the equities markets.

On the debt front, short-term U.S. Treasuries are holding relatively firm. Here is the result of today’s 3 and 6-Month T-Bill auctions:

Event                                               Previous     Actual

3-Month T-Bill Auction                   1.52%          1.52%

6-Month T-Bill Auction                   1.52%          1.56%

All in all, 3 and 6-Month T-Bill yields are flat. At this point, investors prefer gold as insurance against any unforeseen risks posed to U.S. stocks.

U.S. Stocks Falter, Index Futures Rally

This morning’s trade of March E-mini S&P 500 futures has been interesting. Typically, we see a positive correlation between the S&P 500 index and E-mini S&P 500 futures. This hasn’t been the case today; the March E-mini S&Ps are rallying while the actual S&P 500 index is in the red. 

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March E-mini S&P 500 Futures (ES), Daily Chart

Here are the levels to watch in the March E-mini S&Ps:

  • Resistance(1): All-Time High, 3263.50
  • Support(1): Bollinger MP, 3193.00
  • Support(2): 38% Current Wave, 3190.00

Bottom Line: For the time being, an expected retaliation from Iran against U.S. interests is driving sentiment in the equities markets. Although such an event is likely to be minor in the long-term scheme of things, equities players are hesitant to boost risk exposure in the short-term. However, the gains in the March E-mini S&Ps are a strong indication of the strong positive sentiment toward U.S. stocks.

If we see a pullback from current levels, a long trade in the March E-mini S&Ps will set up. As long as the All-Time High (3263.50) remains intact, I will have buy orders in queue from 3193.25. With an initial stop at 3174.50, this trade produces 75 ticks on a standard 1:1 risk vs reward management plan.

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About the author

Shain Vernier // US Analyst
Shain Vernier has spent over 7 years in the market as a professional futures, options and forex trader. He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of Montana. Shain's career includes stretches with several proprietary trading firms in addition to actively managing his own accounts. Before joining FX Leaders, he worked as a market analyst and financial writer.
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