Fed Aftermath Market Update and Stock Scan for October 30

Oct 30, 2014: 2:35 PM CST

At the end of QE3, stocks continued higher on the reported GDP growth and the S&P 500 tagged the underside of the 2,000 index target.

Let’s update our levels and note the top trending stocks so far in today’s post-Fed session:

After a logical sell-off from a knee-jerk reaction to yesterday’s “End of QE3” announcement (see yesterday’s post), stocks traded higher and broke sharply higher on a Bull Flag pattern earlier this morning.

The result was a short-squeezed impulse toward the 2,000 index target, at which point the S&P 500 turned lower and traded into the 1,990 support confluence.

For now, we’re monitoring the neutral zone between 1,990 and 2,000 with a breakout above 2,000 setting the stage for a future rally to new all-time highs… or a move under 1,990 targeting the 1,980 or even 1,975 downside targets.

Sector Breadth (after the Fed) revealed another bullish picture:

The Defensive Sectors took the lead today with Energy – yesterday’s leader – becoming today’s laggard.

Still, we see relative strength across the board with almost all sectors reporting more than 70% of stocks positive.

We have potential bullish trend continuation plays in the following stocks:

Bristol-Myers SQUIBB (BMY), AmeriSourceBergen (ABC), MasterCard (MA), and the big-winner Visa (V).

Potential downtrending candidates exist in stocks showing relative weakness today:

Avon Products (AVP), Intel (INTC), Ball Corp (BLL), and Trip Advisor (TRIP).

Corey Rosenbloom, CMT
Afraid to Trade.com

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