FirstAlert[tm] 5/8: S&P Balks At Critical Resistance

fa_logo_sq_225px-w_bwMay 8, 2009 (FinancialWire) (By Frank Kollar) — The S&P 500 Index (SPX) touched its January 2009 rally highs on Thursday, May 6, and immediately reversed to the downside, closing with a 1.3 loss. It was not a bearish outside reversal day, but it came close. The S&P Deposit Receipts (NYSE: SPY) can be traded as a proxy for the SPX.

The Nasdaq 100 Index (NDX) has traded not only above its early 2009 highs, but also above its November 2008 rally highs. This is bullish, but the S&P 500 Index is the critical index to watch for changes in overall market direction The Powershares Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQQ) can be traded as a proxy for the Nasdaq 100 Index.

The pullback is unlikely to end with only one down day, though in the current volatile markets anything can happen. There is support at SPX 874.09. After this, the next support is down at SPX 827.

The Investrend Earnings Calendar features Gartner (NYSE: IT), expected at $0.12 a year ago versus $0.14 a year ago; MI Developments (NYSE: MIM), expected at $0.62; Petroleum Development (NASDAQ: PETD), expected at $0.49 versus $0.89 a year ago; Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), expected at $0.36.

The Investrend Economics Calendar lists Employment Report for April (8:30 a.m.), Wholesale Trade for March (10 a.m.).

The Investrend Events Calendar showcases AA Shareholders Meeting; BG Annual General Meeting of Shareholders; FFIN, CSFL, BXS, ORZK at Gulf South Bank Conference; GS Shareholders Meeting; SPG Shareholders Meeting.

The Investrend Money Index is an indicator of the depth of market direction or indirection. While not always including the same stocks, the NYSE/NASDAQ 50 Most Actives indicate the direction in which the mass of money is flowing. Last session’s trading showed 14 advancers versus 35 decliners and one unchanged. Advancers were led by Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) up 20.47%, Capital One Financia (NYSE: COF) up 18.40%, Huntington Bancshares Incorpora (NASDAQ: HBAN) up 12.75%, Ultrashort Real Esta (NYSE: SRS) up 11.24%, Financial Bear 3x (NYSE: FAZ) up 8.24%, Bk Of America Cp (NYSE: BAC) up 6.46%. Decliners followed Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTIC) down 15.62%, Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) down 14.79%, Ultra Real Estate Pr (NYSE: URE) down 12.53%, Financial Bull 3x (NYSE: FAS) down 8.73%, Oceanfreight Inc. (NASDAQ: OCNF) down 8.18%, Wells Fargo & Co New (NYSE: WFC) down 7.75%, Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE: LVS) down 7.41%, Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) down 7.18%, Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) down 6.90%, Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) down 6.55%, On Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: ONNN) down 6.24%, Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA) down 6.19%, Dryships Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) down 6.17%.

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