Short-term Forecast for May 13, 2020

| May 13, 2020

Stock Market Commentary

A cycle high signal was generated today, indicating that the beta high (BH) of the current short-term cycle likely formed on May 12. We are 2 sessions into the beta phase decline of the short-term cycle that began on March 24.

An extended beta phase decline that moves below the last short-term cycle low (STCL) at 2,191 would reconfirm the current bearish trend and forecast additional losses. Alternatively, a quick rebound followed by an extended alpha phase rally that moves well above the last BH at 2,940 would signal the likely transition to a bullish short-term trend.

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 further from previous highs of the uptrend from March. Technical indicators are neutral to slightly bearish overall, suggesting that direction is in question with a slight downward bias.

Cycle Analysis

A cycle high signal was generated today, indicating that the beta high (BH) of the current cycle likely formed on May 12. We are 2 sessions into the beta phase decline of the cycle following the short-term cycle low (STCL) on March 23. An extended beta phase decline that moves below the last STCL at 2,191 would reconfirm the current bearish translation and forecast additional losses. Alternatively, an extended beta phase rally that moves well above the last BH at 2,940 would signal the likely transition to a bullish translation. The window during which the next STCL is likely to occur is now through May 22, with our best estimate being in the May 18 to May 22 range.

  • Last STCL: March 23, 2020
  • Cycle Duration: 36 sessions
  • Cycle Translation: Bearish
  • Next STCL Window: Now through May 22; best estimate in the May 18 to May 22 range.
  • Setup Status: Cycle high setup occurred today.
  • Trigger Status: Cycle high trigger occurred today.
  • Signal Status: Cycle high signal was generated today.
  • Stop Level: None active.

Short-term Outlook

  • Bullish Scenario: A rebound and close well above the recent short-term high at 2,940 would reconfirm the uptrend from March and forecast a move up to congestion resistance in the 3,000 area.
  • Bearish Scenario: A close below current levels would predict a return to the 50-day moving average at 2,722.

The bearish scenario is highly likely (>80 probable).

Category: Forecasts, Short-term Forecasts


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