In my March blog I highlighted the 200-day moving average and questioned whether or not this key support zone would hold on the major averages. Low and behold the 200-day moving averages were breached for the better part of the month only to come roaring last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (see chart here) closed the month up slightly at 33274, the S&P 500 (see chart here) also closed in the green at 4109, the Nasdaq Composite (see chart here) closed the month up at 12221 points, however the small-cap Russell 2000 (see chart here) did not recapture its 200-day and closed the month of March lower at 1802.
As mentioned above, although the markets experienced heavy selling pressure last month which was fueled by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, in the final the week of March the markets experienced a meaningful rally which propelled most of the major averages right back through their respective 200-day. The response to this 200-day breach and how the major averages blew right past this technical line is seemingly bullish.
With the first quarter in the books market participants will now begin to focus on Q1 earnings reporting season to see how well corporate America is doing. Last month there was the shock of Silicon Valley Bank failing and that certainly drew the attention of the Federal Reserve. This event may guide the Fed going forward to change their current interest hike program. If the Fed starts easing interest rate hikes this could help the overall selling pressure that the markets have experienced so far this year. Furthermore, if Q1’s earning reporting season goes better than expected or at least if companies guide up a bit, this may be enough to quell the selling.
Let’s see what is in store for April and hopefully we continue to see the selling pressure ease up. Good luck to all 🙂