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S&P 500 is testing the 1460 area, levels to watch

The 1460 area for the index is an important pivot zone. There have only been a relative handful of days in the last year where the index traded above 1460. Retaking that area and building on it to the upside would constitute a bullish breakout. Conversely, a move back below 1460 would be bearish as it would suggest there isn't sufficient demand to push prices higher. Resistance areas that continuously fail tend to become more difficult in the near-term to overcome. The tug of war going on at 1460 isn't likely to be resolved purely technically. The next several weeks will see a flood of earnings data and guidance, and that will be what cements 1460 either as a floor for prices or a ceiling. All sectors at time of writing were in the red, with Utilities and Energy the downside leaders. The relative winners today are Health Care and Technology. It should be noted that Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) are lumped into the Technology sector in the S&P 500. The moves higher in those names, Amazon.com (AMZN), and Intel (INTC) are helping to buoy that sector.