Some days, there just isn’t much of anything new to say. This is one of those days.

Stocks pressed higher again yesterday – though it was lethargic, tired action. The S&P 500 challenged the 2400 level and was turned back, closing at 2398.

With the S&P trading above its 9-day exponential moving average (EMA), the bulls keep the momentum. Most technical indicators are neutral and grinding ever so slowly towards overbought territory. The Volatility Index (VIX) closed below 11 once again. It continues to warn of complacency.

Yada, yada, yada.

Here’s what to look for in the action today…


The S&P 500 traded in a ridiculously tight seven-point range on Tuesday. The negative divergence on the intraday charts never played out. Though the divergence still exists and may play out today.

For example, look at this 15-minute chart of the S&P 500…

The MACD momentum indicator has been diverging for two full days on the 15-minute chart. That’s like two months’ worth of divergence on the daily chart.

The negative divergence is likely to kick in at some point soon and cause, at least, a strong one- or two-day pullback in the market.

Of course, a sharp downturn from here could kick off a stronger, more significant multiweek decline. We are, after all, in a seasonally bearish period for stocks.

But, since the daily indicators are not yet overbought, and there’s no negative divergence just yet on the daily chart of the S&P, I’m only looking for a one- or two-day decline at the moment.

Once again, keep an eye on leading sectors like high-yield bonds and semiconductor stocks. They’re likely to weaken first.

Semiconductor stocks traded lower all day yesterday. That might be the first real clue the market is getting ready to pull back a bit from the recent four-day rally.

Gold and Gold Stocks

The gold sector pulled back hard yesterday. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners Fund (GDX) lost 2.25% on the day.

Most of the TV talking heads attributed the decline to the strength in the U.S. dollar. But, as I said yesterday morning, the lower high formed on the 60-minute GDX chart suggested the sector would likely come back down and retest last week’s low. For GDX, that low is down around $22.45.

Depending on how oversold the various technical indicators on gold look when GDX hits that target, it might be worth adding some exposure to the gold sector at that point.

I’ll update Delta Report readers on these trends throughout the day on Jeff Clark Direct.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark


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