By Paul Cherney
All the sideways travel in the markets that occurred from the last week of October until this past week represents a sturdy base of support. Those levels are 1425-1317 for the Nasdaq and 926-867 for the S&P 500. I do not expect these levels to break.
There is probably still a little reluctance on the part of traders to commit to the long side ahead of the Dec. 8 deadline for Iraq is to declare all unsanctioned weapons.
On Wednesday, the daily chart pattern of a drop and then a recovery is a positive for prices on Thursday. But I think any gains will be hard-fought without a positive headline to boost morale.
The closer we get to Tuesday, Dec. 10, the more the odds build for the re-establishment of a more consistently positive price trend.
Support: The S&P 500 has multiple stairsteps of support within the broad 926-867 area: 915-907, 910-904 (which makes the 910-907 area a focus of support), and 897-887.
Immediate Nasdaq support is 1426-1407.
Resistance: The S&P 500 has resistance at 932-965. Immediate intraday resistance is 932-944.
The Nasdaq has resistance at 1445-1461.45, then 1474-1506 and 1492-1568, which makes the 1492-1506 area a focus of resistance.
Cherney is chief market analyst for Standard & Poor's