U.S. markets showed weakness throughout Thursday’s session despite a pick-up in trade optimism. Specifically, China has invited U.S. negotiators to Beijing for additional talks, and the U.S. may delay the December 15th tariffs.
The upbeat reports soothed worries of a breakdown in talks and President Trump's threat to increase levies. However, the major indexes settled lower across the board after trading in rather tight ranges with volatility continuing to hold a key level of resistance.
The Russell 2000 fell 0.4% following the intraday back-test to 1,581. Current and upper support at 1,585-1,570 was breached and failed to hold with risk towards 1,560-1,545 and the 50-day moving average on a move below the latter.
The Nasdaq was down 0.2% after trading to a midday low of 8,487. Current and upper support at 8,450-8,400 easily held with a move below the latter signaling risk towards 8,350-8,300.
The S&P 500 extended its losing streak to 3-straight sessions after giving back 0.2% while tapping a first half low of 3,094. Near-term and upper support at 3,100-3,075 was breached but held with a move below the latter opening up risk towards 3,050-3,025 and the 50-day moving average.
The Dow also dipped 0.2% following the intraday pullback to 27,708. Near-term and upper support at 27,750-27,500 was breached but held with a close below the latter getting 27,250-27,000 and the 50-day moving average in play.
Energy surged 1.6% to lead sector strength while Healthcare and Communications Services added 0.3% to round out the winners. Real Estate paced laggards after tanking 1.4% while Technology and Consumer Staples dropped 0.5%.
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FRIDAY'S ECONOMIC NEWS
PMI Composite Flash - 9:45am
Consumer Sentiment - 10:00am
Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index - 11:00am
Baker-Hughes Rig Count - 1:00pm
METALS / OIL
Gold closed at $1,463.60 an ounce, down $10.60
Silver settled at $17.07 an ounce,