S&P 500 (SPX) Chart with Daily Bars

On Monday, the Atlanta Fed revised its GDP estimates for the first quarter down 0.3% to 2.5%. As well, concern continued to grow over the economic impact of import tariffs, which pushed manufacturing stocks lower.

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the Consumer Price Index had risen 0.2%, which is in line with expectations. Also, President Trump announced that he would replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, with whom he has more agreement on international affairs.

On Wednesday, the Commerce Department announced that retail sales fell in February for a third consecutive month. This may lead to further revisions for Q1 GDP estimates.

On Thursday, President Trump announced TV personality Larry Kudlow as his selection for Director of the National Economic Council. Kudlow later warned that the Federal Reserve should not raise rates too quickly, saying of the economy, “Just let it rip, for heaven’s sake.”

On Friday, the Federal Reserve reported that industrial production rose by 1.1% in February. This is the strongest increase since October 2017, far exceeding the expectations of 0.5%.

Our approach to technical analysis uses cycle analysis to project price action. The semicircles on the daily chart above represent the short-term market cycles. Our projection for the S&P 500 (SPX) in the coming week is for a move lower as stocks continue the declining phase of their current market cycle, with support at 2722. This decline will be followed by a bounce towards the end of the week.

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