The popular averages turned downward on Wednesday. Wall Street appeared disturbed by Trump’s threats to disband NAFTA and to hold up the federal budget unless a southern border wall is funded.

   New home sales slowed in July. The Markit manufacturing and services outlooks continue pointing to growth. Meanwhile the prices of crude oil and gold rose on Wednesday.

   Above is my 3-month chart of the S&P 500 exchange traded fund (SPY). It achieved a record closing high on May 15. Then the panic selling on May 17 apparently due to political rather than business concerns resulted in the SPY falling through its 50-day MA. On May 18 calmer thinking seemed to prevail as the SPY first leapt back to the 50-day MA and then showed follow-through.

   The gap created between the SPY’s May 17 low and the May 18 high was nicely filled on May 22. All-time closing highs were achieved on May 24 & 25, June 1, 2, 13, & 19.

   The SPY’s 50-day moving average was penetrated on June 29, yet the price closed above and then moved a little higher the next three sessions. The SPY slipped back under the MA on July 6 before returning above on July 7 and jumping to record closing highs on July 14, 19, 20, 25, 26 & August 7.

   Wednesday’s fall of the SPY back to its 50-day MA restored all of my outlook arrows to a cautionary mode.   

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