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Friday's Market Minute: Day Of The Doji

Friday's Market Minute: Day Of The Doji

S&P 500 Futures once again are struggling to break above the 3,000 level. Although the index has risen by about 1% this week, virtually all of the gains were from Tuesday’s surge on Trade War optimism. The rest was largely intraday chop on below-average volume. Current prices also happen to be near the upward boundary of a longer-term symmetrical triangle pattern, sloping downward from the all-time highs in July to the more recent highs in mid-September.

Meanwhile, Nasdaq 100 Futures ended yesterday with a spinning top candle pattern, while the Nikkei 225 contract (/NKD, which represents the leading Japanese equity index and typically shows high correlation to the /ES and /NQ) saw a doji candle on Wednesday followed by a spinning top yesterday. A doji is when a candle opens and closes at the same level, while a spinning top is when prices close almost unchanged with long upper and lower shadows. Both are often regarded as signs of stalling momentum, especially when appearing after a strong directional move.

Monthly option expiration also could be a driver for heightened volatility into the close today, as could skittish traders concerned about holding positions into the weekend while Trade War tariffs and Brexit negotiations are still so murky.

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