It was a quiet end to the trading week as the Donald Trump's presidency reaches its first 100-day milestone.

After the sharp rally Monday following the French election, the broad market ended the last week of April in a consolidation mode. The benchmark index SPX closed down -4.57 points at 2384.20, -.19%. The statistics since the US Presidential election in November are impressive, the SPX has rallied +11.43%.

SPX 6 month chart

The CBOE's volatility index, VIX, continues to hover at 10 year lows. After reaching a new 10 year low on Tuesday, the VIX closed yesterday up just a tiny bit at 10.82, +.46. This index tends to be a gauge of fear by investors; it's hard to believe with all the uncertainty over tax and healthcare reform in the US and the North Korea continuing conflict that the VIX remains this low.

VIX 10 year monthly chart

We do not have any open positions on this weekend; with VIX at record-low levels there was not sufficient credit for a decent entry on the SPX weekly Iron Condor. Rather than take on unnecessary risk, we chose to keep cash as our position and hope for a better entry scenario next week.

Next week's economic news is highlighted below:

Monday

8:30 am Personal Income & Outlays

9:45 am PMI Manufacturing Index

10:00 am ISM Manufacturing Index

10:00 am Construction Spending

9:00 pm China's Manufacturing PMI

Tuesday

FOMC Meeting Begins

Wednesday

8:15 am ADP Employment Report

10:30 am EIA Petroleum Status Report

2:00 pm FOMC Meeting Announcement

Thursday

8:30 am International Trade

8:30 am Productivity & Costs

8:30 am Jobless Claims

10:00 am Factory Orders

Friday

8:30 am Monthly Employment Situation Report

For those unfamiliar with the strategies we trade, the trade management guidelines for all the Couch Potato Trader plays can be found here: Link to Articles

Trade updates will be posted as appropriate.

As always, stay keen on your risk management and trade carefully,

Dot Hazlin