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S&P500: More Downside To Come

Technicals | Aug 06 2019

By Michael Gable 

Share markets have not reacted well to the rate cut by the US Federal Reserve and the increase in tariffs between China and the US. The S&P 500 Index provided us with a sell signal a couple of days ago and because of this we have an updated chart in this week's report. This means that from a risk management perspective, you don't want to be buying anything just yet. Having said that, if you read our latest strategy note which was put out last week, you will realise that there is a strong case for markets to head higher when the current weakness is over. Unfortunately, we don't know when that will be just yet and a lot of damage can still be done between now and then.   

It is also quite convenient that a moment of weakness is now occurring during reporting season. This is because we will be able to uncover better opportunities in companies that report well, and when the market stops falling, we will be able to get them at cheaper levels. So, there is a silver lining in everything. We notified our portfolio clients on Monday morning to sell "trading" stocks and dramatically increase cash levels. Even now, you still have to consider cashing in "higher beta" stocks in order to preserve capital as we head into the unknown and be ready for those better moments down the track.

Price action at the end of last week was very poor with the stock falling sharply on three consecutive days in a row, wiping out about a months’ worth of gains. We also saw the S&P 500 Index break the 50-day Weighted Moving Average. Last night was the confirmation after breaking the uptrend line that started at the December lows. We now have a high probability of downside for the next few weeks or so. There is a small chance of a bounce off support near 2800, but we would be looking for a move below that before proper support will re-emerge. 

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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Michael is RG146 Accredited and holds the following formal qualifications:

• Bachelor of Engineering, Hons. (University of Sydney) 
• Bachelor of Commerce (University of Sydney) 
• Diploma of Mortgage Lending (Finsia) 
• Diploma of Financial Services [Financial Planning] (Finsia) 
• Completion of ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser Levels 1 & 2


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