Before the Bell Mar 23

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Before the Bell  is premarket prep for active traders. The note provides detailed stock market technical analysis focused on the indexes and FAAMGs. Key levels and trading locations are provided, along with trading plans and timely commentary to keep you on the right side of the trade.

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Companion Video  

The video is a detailed technical review of the indexes and FATMAAN names. All the key trading levels are identified along with commentary and trade plans for each ticker. Trade ideas are also discussed.  Run the video at  1.5x to maximize efficiency without loss of clarity.

Find the Companion Video HERE


Macro Data Releases Week of Mar 21

  • Monday – Bostic speaks
  • Tuesday – Redbook; Richmond Fed MFG; Williams speaks
  • Wednesday – Mort. Applications; New Home Sales; Oil inv; Mary Daly speaks; 20yr Bond auction 1pm
  • Thursday – Durable Goods; Jobless Claims; Current Accts; PMI Composite Flash; NatGas Inv Evans / Bostic speak; KC Fed MFG; 10yr TIPs bond auction 1pm
  • Friday – Consumer Sentiment; Pending home sales

Comin’ Thru!

In the video I present a theory of how I think the market will play out between now and the end of the quarter.  In summary, I think institutions will keep a bid in the market for window dressing into the Q1 close. Also, I expect some repositioning in Commodities, energy, and materials as these are the best performing sectors. Given how small the materials and energy sectors are, there is the potential of a wall of cash trying to fit through a 6 foot gate. ( like what happened to OXY when Buffett piled in ).   After April 1 all bets are off. I am preparing a list of names I’d be interested in shorting if / when the market rolls over.  Remember, the FOMC is set to aggressively raise rates and drain liquidity. THis is a sharp rally within an emerging bear market.  Grand proclamations aside, trade level to level and take your cues from the price action.

Trades about to Happen

Insurance Sector

This rising rate environment is a sweet spot for insurance companies.  They’ve been able to increase premiums and the rising rate environment enables them to get better returns on their massive liquid assets they hold.   There are lots of constructive charts in this sector. $ALL  $MET $AFL $PGR  $WRB and many others

Solar Sector

2021 was a correction year for this sector but now the charts are perking up. Many names are testing their 200ema from below. Once price crosses above it may be a green light for institutions who often have mandates not to be long a stock while under the 200ema.  CSIQ is one example.


A detailed walk-through of the levels and trading strategy for the indexes is given in the video ( link above) . The static charts are provided for reference. The FATMAAN names are also reviewed in the video along with trade ideas and other charts of interest.

SPY Daily

SPY 2hr

SPY 30min

QQQ Daily

QQQ 2hr

QQQ 30 min

IWM Daily

IWM 2 hr

IWM 30 min


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