March 24, 2018

The NightCap


The Market: We expected to see a tight trading range until the FOMC statement but instead we saw buyers in advance of the statement as the S&P 500 (SPY) pressed higher.  The the announcement came and there was a sharp sell-off but buyers came right back and all 4 major market indices on the WSC Scoreboard finished above the pre-FOMC announcement highs. As was expected by many, the FOMC left the Fed Fund Rates unchanged but, based on the comments, it appears a rate hike is on the table for December if the data warrants.  We also saw the committee…

S&P 500 holds 200 day SMA


The Market: Sorry no comments tonight — traveling the remainder of this week.      Reporting EPS After the Close this week:   Reporting EPS Pre-Market this week:   Analyst Comments:

Analyst Comments

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Today’s featured analyst comment is by Goldman Sachs who upgraded Gartner, Inc. (IT) to Buy with an $85 price target.  IT has been on a strong run up over 38% the trailing 12 months and Goldman believes there is more in the tank.  Looking at the chart there is some work needed but we think they may be right. If IT can continue to digest under the recent highs while the MACD continues to recycle then this could lay the ground work for another leg higher.  What we are watching specifically on the stock is the MACD and the 50…

Daily Wrap


DJIA -5.07 (-0.03%) to 14,968.89; S&P 500 +3.09 (+0.19%) to 1,617.51; NASDAQ +10.77 (+0.37%) to 2,955.36 Yawn, for the most part a boring day as the market essentially consolidated after Friday’s gap higher with the Dow closing slightly negative while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq slightly positive..  There was no major economic news for the day and frankly the week in general is relatively light.  Some fed speak and Unemployment Claims Thursday but relatively light.  To try and put into perspective the day, the entire range of the S&P 500 Index was roughly 5.5 points. Merger Monday was again back and in affect with BMC Software…