Weekend Stock Market Outlook – April 16 2023

Stock Market Outlook entering the Week of April 16th = Downtrend

      • ADX Directional Indicators: Uptrend
      • Price & Volume Signals: Mixed
      • Elliott Wave Analysis: Mixed

The stock market outlook still shows a downtrend in place, despite the upward price movement since mid-March.  Below average trading volume continues to haunt the latest rally attempt.

The S&P500 ($SPX) rose 0.8% last week, and remains above the 50 and 200-day moving averages.  The index ended the week above a trendline of lower highs, but has a track record of retreating shortly thereafter in 2023.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

SPX Price & Volume Chart for the Week of April 16 2023

The ADX signal remains bullish and shows the initial signs of a strengthening trend, although the overall reading remains below 20 (i.e. weak trend).

Price and volume is still mixed, because the index still lacks a true follow-through day.  Thursday’s rally looking promising, but trading volume was too low.  Some readers pointed to March 31 as the follow-through, even though trading volume was below average.  But even that action would come with an asterisk, since the move occurred 11 days after the rally attempt (just outside the 4-10 day window).

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

SPX Elliott Wave Analysis for the Week of April 16 2023 – Bearish Count

No change in Elliott Wave entering the week. There’s a negative divergence in the RSI(5), raising the probability that the Minutte wave pattern has ended.  Attention now turns to the MACD; look for a cross-over to confirm the bearish count.  Key levels carry over from last week:  resistance between 4150 – 4196, and support at 4050.

Technical analysis of daily SPX prices

SPX Elliott Wave Analysis for the Week of April 16 2023 – Bullish Count

March inflation metrics were inline with estimates; CPI came in at 5% y-o-y, versus 8.5% at this time last year, while Core CPI rose 5.6% y/y.  For consumers, inflation is headed in the right direction; prices are still rising, but not as much as last March.  PPI came in at 2.7% y-o-y, versus 11.7% a year ago (!), while core PPI was up 3.6% versus 7.1% last March.  This was the first reading below 3% since January 2021.

Earnings season kicks into high gear this week.  Big banks showed up and showed out last week, particularly JP Morgan.  When was a last time you saw a bank stock rally 8% in a day?  In the past few weeks, it’s been in the other direction!  But before you break out the party hats, consider what Hedgeye’s Financial Analyst, Josh Steiner, had to say a few week’s ago:  “Banks are supposed to be boring.  When they’re not, it’s usually not a good thing”.

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Sources: Bloomberg, CNBC, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Hedgeye, T1 Alpha, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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1 Response to Weekend Stock Market Outlook – April 16 2023

  1. Jesse Michael Morris says:

    Sorry. Reread article and saw rsi in text. I was looking at chart.


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