The S&P 500 has done little since mid-March, but the dullness has disguised spikes in the most speculative areas of the market, as well as some of the go-go momentum names in sectors.

These names include DXP Enterprises ( DXPE), which reversed sharply on Thursday.

Ditto Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM), Kirby ( KEX), Terex ( TEX), Garmin ( GRMN) and NutriSystem ( NTRI), as well as recent swing picks I've examined in The Trading Reports: Equinix ( EQIX), Zoltek ( ZOLT), and MGP Ingredients ( MGPI).

We did not see momentous momentum on Thursday, but the S&P did squeak out another solid up session, closing over the 1310 pivot once again with a close of 1312.25. It is important to remember that as long as the overall market is not getting hit and the S&P is in the green, then it is easy for individual, strongly trending stocks to make further gains.

The S&P appears well poised for a breakout on Friday, as it has traced out a Cup and Handle pattern within a Cup and Handle. Additionally, the daily pattern from Thursday, as it pertains to the 10-minute chart, also supports the notion of a strong Friday close as long as the market holds over any first-hour highs.

The story of the day was oil, which has given two large-range piggyback decliners resulting in a quick $5 pullback off its highs. Because oil has closed back below last year's $70-$71 high, the price action may, as shown yesterday, indicate that a consolidation/pullback phase is upon us.

The streetTRACKS Gold ( GLD) ETF also pulled back sharply intraday, going red during the session, probably in sympathy with oil.

Gold is approaching a key window of $680 to $720 that, in my work, represents resistance, which should lead to a setback within an ongoing bull market as well.


S&P 500 10-Minute


S&P 500 Daily


Equinix (EQIX:Nasdaq) Daily


MGP Ingredients (MGPI:Nasdaq) Daily


streetTRACKS Gold (GLD:NYSE) 10-Minute


Zoltek (ZOLT:Nasdaq) Daily

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