Short-term Forecast for October 7, 2020

| October 7, 2020

Stock Market Commentary

We are 10 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the short-term cycle that began on September 24.

A quick reversal followed by an extended alpha phase decline that moves down to new lows would reconfirm the current bearish short-term trend and forecast additional losses. Alternatively, an extended alpha phase rally that moves well above the last beta high (BH) at 3,411 on the S&P 500 would suggest that short-term direction is in question.

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 higher today, returning to recent short-term highs above previous lows of the downtrend from early September. Technical indicators are neutral to slightly bullish overall, suggesting that direction is in question with a slight upward bias.

Cycle Analysis

We are 10 sessions into the alpha phase rally of the cycle following the short-term cycle low (STCL) on September 24. A quick reversal followed by an extended alpha phase decline that moves down to new lows would reconfirm the current bearish translation and forecast additional losses. Alternatively, an extended alpha phase rally that moves well above the last beta high (BH) at 3,411 would suggest that cycle translation is in question. The window during which the next STCL is likely to occur is from November 3 to November 23, with our best estimate being in the November 13 to November 19 range.

  • Last STCL: September 24, 2020
  • Cycle Duration: 10 sessions
  • Cycle Translation: Bearish
  • Next STCL Window: November 3 to November 23; best estimate in the November 13 to November 19 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 above current levels would predict a move up toward the previous short-term high at 3,581.
  • Bearish Scenario: A reversal and close below the previous short-term low at 3,226 would reconfirm the downtrend from early September and forecast additional losses.

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

Category: Forecasts, Short-term Forecasts


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