US Market Technicals Ahead (18 October – 22 October 2021) for SP:SPX by jeffsuntrading

Better than expected Q3 earnings reports from major banks powered global stock indexes to a winning week with most banks beat significantly on the top and bottom line. The earnings season continues this week, with companies such as IBM ($IBM) , Netflix ($NFLX), Tesla ($TSLA), Intel ($INTC), Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) and P&G ($PG) reporting their results.

Elsewhere, figures on Q3 China economic growth (GDP) today will show the impact of multiple recent hits to the world’s second largest economy. The forecast is projected at 5 percent in the three months to September, slower than the second quarter’s 7.9 percent, amid pressures on factories from power shortages, supply bottlenecks and a resurgence of domestic COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the first bitcoin futures ETF is set to begin trading, propelling the digital currency closer to all-time highs.

Here’s what you need to know to start your week.

Market Technicals

$SPX ( S&P 500 )

U.S. stocks were higher as $SPX posted its largest weekly percentage gain since July, after major banks rounded out a strong start to Q3 earnings , though investors will stay on the lookout in the coming weeks for signs of impacts from supply chain disruptions and higher costs, especially for energy.

The benchmark index $SPX rallied +1.82% (+80.03 points), closing the week at 4,471 level. $SPX have broken out of all major moving averages (notably its 20D and 50D MA) on the final day of the the week, a second follow through price action after an imminent intraday reversal on Wednesday session.

The immediate support to watch for $SPX this week is at 4,320 higher low support level , potentially re-establishing its mid-term uptrend channel .


Dozens of companies will be reporting in the coming week, including Tesla ($TSLA), Intel ($INTC) and Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ), as the first major wave of third quarter earnings results gets underway.

On Thursday Netflix ($NFLX) kicks off third quarter reporting for the ‘FAANG’ group of U.S. tech giants Facebook ($FB), Apple ( $AAPL ), Amazon ($AMZN), Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet ($GOOGL).

The video streaming company said “Squid Game” has become its biggest series launch ever and Bloomberg reported that the megahit will create almost $900 million in value for Netflix .

Chinese GDP

In recent months the Chinese economy has taken a series of blows from the Evergrande-induced property market crisis, outbreaks of the delta variant, an energy crunch, supply bottlenecks and soaring commodity prices.

So, investors will be closely watching Monday’s Q3 GDP, which will be released alongside figures on factory production and retail sales. Economists are expecting growth in the world’s number two economy to have slowed to 5.2% year-on-year, the slowest in a year, from 7.9% in the previous quarter.

China’s real estate sector, a key driver of growth, is reeling from rising defaults, with sales tumbling and construction slowing as Evergrande, once China’s top-selling developer, battles against default on more than $300 billion in debts.

Bitcoin futures ETF

The first U.S.-listed bitcoin futures ETFs are set to launch in the coming week, barring a last-minute objection from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The ProShares Bitcoin Exchange Traded Fund is scheduled to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. A day later, the Invesco Bitcoin Strategy ETF , would also be allowed to launch unless the SEC blocks it.

The ETFs will be based on bitcoin futures that already trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange rather than the cryptocurrency itself amid regulatory concerns over a potential lack of liquidity and the risk of price manipulation on spot exchanges.

The launch of the ETFs could pave the way for a stream of similar products, potentially fueling a run higher for the world’s largest digital currency which hit peaks of $62,892 on Friday, not far from its all-time highs of $64,778

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