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Monday, 22 May 2017

Decision Time

The three levels that I was watching on Friday for resistance on SPX were all tested and held. The lowest of those levels are the 5dma, currently at 2379/80. That was broken intraday but SPX returned to close on it. The next level is the 50 hour MA, currently at 2385/6, and then the daily middle band, currently at 2389/90. SPX is currently over all three but needs to sustain the breaks to open the retest of the all time high.

The pattern setup leans bearish and hourly sell signals are now brewing on all of SPX, ES, NQ and TF. If bears can break back below the ES monthly pivot at 2366 then we'll be expecting lower lows with an obvious next target at possible double top support at 2322 SPX.

If bears can't get traction today and SPX holds these potential resistance breaks then the obvious next target would be the all time high retest. Today and tomorrow are cycle trend days so wherever this is headed, it may well be a fast journey. SPX daily chart:
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On ES a possible 60min sell signal is brewing and the AM high so far may be the second high of a small double top. The key support levels are weekly pivot at 2377 and then monthly pivot at 2366. These are the key levels that need to be broken and converted to resistance to open lower lows. ES Jun 60min chart:
On NQ a possible 60min sell signal is brewing and the AM high so far may be the second high of a small double top. The key support level is weekly pivot at 5644.25. NQ Jun 60min chart:
On TF a possible 60min sell signal is brewing and the AM high so far may be the second high of a small double top. The key support level is possible double top support at 1362.50 on a break back below the weekly pivot at 1369.70. TF Jun 60min chart:
This is a nice setup for a fail here, if bears are up to the job. We should see whether they are this morning. If the all time high is retested that may well be the second high of a double top.

Stan and I are doing a free public webinar at theartofchart.net an hour after the close on Thursday on Trader Psychology in the second of our Managing Risk webinars, and if you'd like to attend then you can register for that on our May Free Webinars page. The video for last week's Big Five webinar is also posted there. I would also note that this week's edition of The Weekly Call is posted and that the model portfolio there is up 178% over the last six months, looking well on course to make our target minimum 200% return over the first year. As and when that target is reached we're thinking of making the strategy there a bit less conservative. That's a free weekly service and if you trade futures I'd suggest adding it to your reading list.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Backtesting Broken Support

I was saying yesterday that my preferred target for this rally would be a backtest of the daily middle band on SPX. That's now at 2388.50 and the high today at the time of writing is at 2384.41, so obviously SPX is now in the backtest area. The 60min buy signals on the SPX, ES, NQ and TF charts have now all made target and this is an obvious inflection point. On a reversal back down here the next target on SPX is larger double top support at 2322. On a break above with confidence the obvious next target would be a retest of the ATH and likely marginal new ATH.

Are there reasons to think that bulls may drive SPX through resistance here? Yes there are. Firstly the action so far on SPX/ES is very trendy so far, and I have valid IHS patterns on ES, NQ & TF that are all pointing higher, though in the case of ES that's only marginally higher to the weekly pivot at 2390.50.

SPX is now starting a test of the 61.8% fib retracement at 2385.50, and the daily middle band at 2388.50. SPX daily chart:
SPX is now slightly over the 5dma and backtest of broken trendline support but not significantly so far. These four levels at 5dma, trendline backtest, 61.8% fib and daily middle band are most of the resistance zone here with the fifth and last part slightly higher at the weekly pivot on ES at 2390.5. SPX daily 5dma chart:
The ES and NQ futures charts below were done before the open for Daily Video Service subscribers at theartofchart.net. If you are interested in trying our services a 30 day free trial is available here.

On these futures charts I'd mention that I leave the notes on these for two or three days marked with the day and AM (premarket notes) and PM (post market notes), so you can usually look back if you want to. I'm mentioning this today because the notes from last night on the charts below are worth a look.

On ES the IHS target is at the retest of weekly pivot at 2390.5 (about 2391/2 SPX). That is the top of the inflection/resistance zone and a break above with conversion to support opens the ATH retest. ES Jun 60min chart:
 NQ is currently testing the resistance at weekly pivot there and that's been holding for over two hours so far, though not with any clear rejection so far. The IHS on NQ has a target back at the ATH retest and if NQ is going to reverse back down without that ATH retest, this is the obvious place to do that, though it could still break above it and fail to convert it to support and fail from that failed break high. NQ Jun 60min chart:
The IHS target on TF is at 1381/2 and that likely doesn't hit either unless resistance breaks on ES and NQ. TF Jun 60min chart:
I'm leaning towards resistance holding today but wouldn't be that surprised to see it break on this kind of approach today. A sustained break should deliver ATH retests on ES & NQ. If so I would note that there is nothing inherently bullish about high retests, and that some 70% of tops on SPX are some kind of double top.

Stan and I are doing a free public webinar at theartofchart.net an hour after the close next Thursday on Trader Psychology in the second of our Managing Risk webinars, and if you'd like to attend then you can register for that on our May Free Webinars page. The video for last night's Big Five webinar is also posted there. I would also note that this week's edition of The Weekly Call is posted and that the model portfolio there is up 167% over the last six months, looking well on course to make our target minimum 200% return over the first year. That's a free weekly service and if you trade futures I'd suggest adding it to your reading list.