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On Friday the popular averages slipped back to the downside. The March employment report indicated a great reduction in non-farm payrolls, and a large jump upward in the unemployment rate. This as the coroanvirus pandemic continues without a clear end in sight. Economic concerns due to the cornavirus are business shutdowns and job losses, along with the effects on consumer and business spending.


  Above is my three-month chart for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY). A Santa Claus rally kept going into the new year. It seemed encouraging that the late January dip was halted by the 50-day moving average. On February 19 the SPY attained all-time intraday and closing highs.


   Then came the coronavirus inspired collapse beneath the 50-day MA on February 24 with continuation leading to penetration of the 200-day MA. During the first week of March the SPY gyrated dramatically above and below that moving average, before resuming the steep plunge amid heavy trading volume and a soaring volatility index (VIX). Then came a sharp rebound rally during the middle three days of last week before a bumpy stall.


   The SPY’s 50-day MA continues to slip beneath its 200-day MA. Not a good sign. The SPY may have to eventually retest the low of March 23. Nevertheless, bounces can occur as was the case on Thursday.


 











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