Short-term Forecast for March 31, 2020

| March 31, 2020

Stock Market Commentary

We are 6 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the short-term cycle that began on March 24.

The magnitude and duration of the last beta phase decline reconfirm the current bearish short-term trend and favor additional short-term weakness during the next decline phase.

S&P 500 Index Daily Chart Analyses

The following technical and cycle analyses provide short-term forecasts for the S&P 500 index. For intermediate-term outlooks, see the latest intermediate-term forecast.

Technical Analysis

The index closed sharply lower today, retreating from recent short-term highs above previous lows of the violent downtrend from February. Technical indicators are moderately bearish overall, favoring a return to previous lows of the decline.

Cycle Analysis

We are 6 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the cycle following the short-term cycle low (STCL) on March 23. The magnitude and duration of the last beta phase decline reconfirm the bearish translation and favor additional short-term weakness. The window during which the next STCL is likely to occur is from May 4 to May 22, with our best estimate being in the May 14 to May 20 range.

  • Last STCL: March 23, 2020
  • Cycle Duration: 6 sessions
  • Cycle Translation: Bearish
  • Next STCL Window: May 4 to May 22; best estimate in the May 14 to May 20 range.
  • Setup Status: No active setups.
  • Trigger Status: No pending triggers.
  • Signal Status: No active signals.
  • Stop Level: None active.

Short-term Outlook

  • Bullish Scenario: A close well above the recent short-term high at 2,630 would reconfirm the oversold reaction from last week and predict a return to congestion resistance in the 2,750 area.
  • Bearish Scenario: A reversal and close below the previous short-term low at 2,237 would reconfirm the downtrend from February and forecast additional losses.

The bearish scenario is slightly more likely (~60 probable).

Category: Forecasts, Short-term Forecasts


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