S&P 500 Clears 4,000 level


The stock market showed continued momentum on Thursday as the major indexes started off April with solid gains. Better-than-expected economic news and fresh details of President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan fueled bullish sentiment.

Technology led the surge higher with the Nasdaq clearing and holding a key level of resistance while the S&P 500 set another all-time closing high. The blue-chips are also on the verge of fresh record highs as volatility fell to its lowest level since February 2020.

The Nasdaq settled at 13,480 (+1.8%) after trading to a second half high of 13,487 while closing back above its 50-day moving average. Prior and lower resistance at 13,450-13,600 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would suggest additional momentum towards 13,650-13,800.

The Russell 2000 finished on its session peak of 2,253 (+1.5%). Prior and lower resistance at 2,250-2,275 was recovered. A move above the latter would signal additional upside towards 2,300-2,325. 

The S&P 500 closed at 4,019 (+1.2%) with the new intraday record high hitting 4,020. Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 4,000-4,025 was cleared and held. A pop the latter would indicate ongoing strength towards 4,050-4,075.

The Dow made an late day run to 33,167 before ending at 33,153 (+0.5%). Near-term and lower resistance at 33,000-33,250 was recovered. A close above the latter and the all-time high of 33,259 would suggest a breakout towards 33,500-33,750.

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Before the open: None

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​ISM New York Business Conditions - 9:45am
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Gold closed at $1,728.40 an ounce,  up $12.80
Silver settled at $24.95 an ounce, up $0.42
Copper finished at $3.99 a pound, down $0.01
Crude Oil was at $61.28 a barrel, up $1.95
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $50.87 up $0.83

The markets are closed for Good Friday. Enjoy the  long weekend.

 Todd Mitchell

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