Week Ahead on Wall Street (SPX QQQ): Bitcoin bubbles over but equites survive and prosper

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  • Bitcoin tumbles again as China intensifies crackdown
  • Equity markets fall modestly on Friday as big tech retreats but data remains supportive
  • Fed now flips from behind the curve to thinking about being ahead 

A tumultuous week but not on Wall Street. Crypto and in particular Bitcoin was the narrative spreading across trading screens this week and the crypto leader suffered a staggering fall on Wednesday. Bitcoin plummeted through several key support levels, most notably the 200-day moving average, before eventually finding some support around the $30,000 mark. Elon Musk attempted to calm fears over Tesla’s holding by using the diamond hands emoji to imply the electric vehicle company had not sold any of its holdings. 

The situation worsened on Wednesday as increased regulatory concerns mounted. In particular, China stepped up its opposition to the cryptocurrency and has reiterated that stance on Friday sending Bitcoin tumbling once again, down 10% at the time of writing. China said on Friday that it needed to “crackdown on Bitcoin mining and trading behavior, and resolutely prevent the transmission of individual risks to the social field.”

Self-praise is no praise they say so the fact that key levels identified above worked is reward enough.

Naturally, crypto-related stocks such as MARA, COIN, RIOT, and others all fell sharply. Back on the equity front and the fed minutes provided some surprises on Wednesday. The thought of thinking about tapering did actually enter the Fed narrative and the market duly implied that the Fed was not going to let inflation run away with itself and marked up the prices of big tech names accordingly. Some strong support zones we have been identifying in our modestly named FAANGTastic technical analysis worked out well for big tech as all rallied from previous weeks’ sell-offs. 

Yields retreated from equity investors’ consciousness and besides the German Bund nearly going positive on Tuesday, US yields remained stable around 1.65% all week, removing one crutch from equity bears.

Earnings season was pretty much done last week but a few laggards in the retail space joined the show and duly matched the expectations of beating expectations, you get it right? Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Macy’s, and Foot Locker all beat on the top and bottom lines and helped equities to think about thinking about making new highs!

Fund flows continued to be strong but finally equity ETF (Exchange Traded Funds) flows snapped a 14-week winning streak with the first week of net outflows from equity funds from the last 15 weeks. To show just how much flow is underpinning the equity market the latest REfinitiv Lipper Alpha data shows the twenty-second consecutive week of inflows to non-US Equity ETF’s. Some evidence of rotation was evident with Financials (XLF) and Russel 2000 (IWM) receiving net inflows while the SPY lost over 6 billion and the Nasdaq (QQQ) over $1 billion. 

S&P 500 (SPY) and Nasdaq technical levels

The S&P nicely rejected the lows from last week putting in a small double bottom at 4508 area. From here a textbook retracement to 4127 resistance and then retaking the 9-day moving average. 4200 remains the intermediate target before a test of new highs.

The Nasdaq shows some similar characteristics failing to break last week’s lows and bouncing perfectly from trendline support at 12,994. This was also a strong support zone as highlighted. There should not be too much stopping a move to 13,750 barring next week’s relatively benign looking data releases. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence is about to give a crossover buy signal which would be a nice confirmation of the bounce from the trendline and support zone.

Week Ahead Data

Earnings

2021-05-25

Before Market Open

Viasat

VSAT

2021-05-25

Before Market Open

Cracker Barrel Old

CBRL

2021-05-25

After Market Close

Agilent Technologies

A

2021-05-25

After Market Close

Intuit

INTU

2021-05-25

After Market Close

Nordstrom

JWN

2021-05-25

After Market Close

Toll Brothers

TOL

2021-05-25

Before Market Open

AutoZone

AZO

2021-05-26

After Market Close

Williams-Sonoma

WSM

2021-05-26

Before Market Open

Capri Holdings

CPRI

2021-05-26

After Market Close

Snowflake

SNOW

2021-05-26

After Market Close

American Eagle Outfitters

AEO

2021-05-26

Before Market Open

Dick’s Sporting Goods

DKS

2021-05-26

After Market Close

Workday

WDAY

2021-05-26

After Market Close

Okta

OKTA

2021-05-26

Before Market Open

Bank of Montreal

BMO

2021-05-26

Before Market Open

Columbus McKinnon

CMCO

2021-05-26

After Market Close

NVIDIA

NVDA

2021-05-26

Before Market Open

Abercrombie & Fitch

ANF

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Movado Group

MOV

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Guess?

GES

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

CorVel

CRVL

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Burlington Stores

BURL

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Dollar Tree

DLTR

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

OLLI

2021-05-27

After Market Close

VMware

VMW

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Medtronic

MDT

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Best Buy Co

BBY

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Costco Wholesale

COST

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Autodesk

ADSK

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Canadian Imperial Bank

CM

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Salesforce.com

CRM

2021-05-27

After Market Close

HP

HPQ

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Gap

GPS

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Genesco

GCO

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Sanderson Farms

SAFM

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

Dollar General

DG

2021-05-27

Before Market Open

The Toronto-Dominion Bank

TD

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Box

BOX

2021-05-27

After Market Close

Dell Technologies

DELL

2021-05-28

Before Market Open

Caleres

CAL

2021-05-28

Before Market Open

Big Lots

BIG

Source: Benzinga

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