The S&P 500 reached a key bullish technical level on Tuesday, moving past its 200-day moving average for the first time since December 3. The S&P 500 was down 6.2 percent to end 2018, but it has since recovered after U.S. equities were roiled by volatility to close the year.
To some technical analysts, breaking through that 200-day moving average paves the way for bigger gains ahead. In December alone, the S&P 500 was down 9 percent, making it the worst December for the index since 1931.
“It should open the door to 2,800 now…. It does feel like the advance/decline line is really strong. The broad-based rally is strong. We have two days of overseas markets rallying. It doesn’t seem as if it’s a fake out for now. … The active bulls keep stepping up where they have to,” said Scott Redler, partner with T3Live.com, a firm that offers live streaming for traders.
An early sign of bullishness came last Friday after the S&P 500 broke past the 2,700 level. Other technical analysts are seeing positive signs of more upside to come despite any pullbacks that may come.