Off the Charts

Markets were mixed and quiet today after Friday's extension to new highs. Rest is healthy for the indices at this stage to allow short-term moving averages to play catch-up. The Nasdaq finished the day up 0.42%, the S&P closed up 0.19% while the Dow lost 0.03%.

This year we have highlighted several pivot points in the S&P that have helped us judge the overall composure of the market. The first two breakout levels were 1474 and 1530, neither of which were violated once the S&P broke above those levels. In late March, 1574 became a new pivot but that level proved tricky as a two-day breakout was met by aggressive selling. But when all was said and done, the S&P held the 50-day moving average and regained its upward momentum. The most recent pivot was 1597, which the S&P cleared in Friday's session....564 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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