Last week has been a terrible one for President Domald Trump. His former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud on Tuesday, while his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other charges on the same day.
A strong close Friday confirmed that the Federal Reserve is still in the driver’s seat. The major takeaways from last week’s FOMC Minutes and Fed Chair Powell’s speech are that there are no signs inflation will run away, real rates have stayed suppressed and as long as uncertainties in international trade persist, the Fed will remain accommodative; this is a potent recipe for higher prices.
The S&P 500 traded perfectly down to major three-star support on Friday and stabilized. As beautiful as the technicals were, (discussed in the ‘Technical’ section below) the bounce from major three-star support caught a tailwind from positive news on U.S.-China trade talks. It was reported that they are paving a path to resolve the trade dispute by November.
The coming week of Aug. 24, 2018, sets up trending pivot math in the Japanese yen, a potential rangebound pivot breakout higher in soybeans, and bulls entering many markets. The S&P 500 appears near highs for next week, but the monthly Camarilla pivot at the 2,867 level seems to make sense to me, so I projected next week’s new high at 2,865 or higher.
U.S. benchmarks are off yesterday’s swing high and the S&P 500 is contained below resistance as the week looks to wind down. Geopolitics remain in the headlines and the White House said it will ramp up sanctions on Turkey after the country hasn’t released the American pastor from house arrest.