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Friday, 14 December 2018

Belt And Braces

SPX closed ten handles or so over the 5dma yesterday, so SPX is back on the Three Day Rule. If SPX should close back below the 5dma today or Monday then we should expect a retest of the last low at 2583.23 in the near future. At the moment the 5dma is at 2638 and SPX looks likely to close the day below it.

As it happens that would just confirm the bear flag rising wedge that has already broken down on ES with the same minimum target, so one way or the other that retest looks likely. At that point we could see the second low of a double bottom or continuation down towards the major support area below at 2530-40, the 2018 low and possible H&S neckline at 2532, and the annual pivot at 2538.

SPX 5dma chart:
ES Dec 60min chart:
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Monday, 10 December 2018

First Break Under 2600

I had food poisoning for half of last week so I didn't manage to get a post out or remind everyone that Stan and I were doing our monthly public Chart Chat on Sunday. If you missed that the recording is posted here.

In the webinar yesterday we were looking at the likely triangle on ES/SPX and what would be likely to happen when that broke down, which it has with the move under 2600 this morning. What generally happens now is an initial break down, then a backtest back into the body of the triangle, likely in progress, and then a thrust down from the triangle, first working target mid to high 2400s though with very significant support at the annual pivot and 2018 low in the 2530-40 area where there is a possible large H&S neckline.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX:
SPX 60min chart:

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Phase Changes

At the open this morning there was a key common thread on SPX, NDX and RUT, in that all three were either close (SPX & NDX), or at (RUT) their key resistance trendlines from the all time highs. As I've been writing the falling channel resistance on SPX and falling wedge resistance on NDX have both broken, with RUT having already broken up earlier today.

What this means is that this move is entering a new phase, either setting retests of the all time highs or signalling retracement and consolidation before the next move down. The more obvious move is retracement and consolidation but we could see the high retests, and I'd note that the seasonality favors the bulls into late December, and that while all the hourly RSI 14 buy signals made target yesterday, the daily RSI 14 buy signals on SPX, NDX and RUT are still nowhere near target.

On NDX the obvious retracement targets would be one of the 50% or 61.8% targets in the 7070 or 7220 areas respectively. On SPX there is a potential bear flag channel here for which the obvious next target would be in the 2840-50 area, though it remains to be seen whether SPX can break back over strong resistance in the 2815 area. We shall see. In the the short term possible hourly sell signals are now brewing across the board, and the next step may well be to backtest this break up from yesterday morning.

SPX 60min chart:
NDX 60min chart:
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The Road Less Travelled

The bull scenario initially looked good after my post last week, with clear breaks back over the daily middle band and 5dma on Friday. That triggered the 5dma Three Day Rule, which on a daily close back below the 5dma on Mon day or Tuesday would look for a retest of the most recent low. SPX then broke back below the daily middle band and 5dma at the close on Monday, and retested the 2670 low on Tuesday.

Now I was saying last week that the alternate bear scenario would look for a retest of the main retracement low at 2603.54 SPX. We have not yet seen that full test, but after the current rally, it's likely that we will see that test. At that test SPX either finds support there on a marginal lower low, or extends lower to the 2018 low & annual pivot area 2530-40.

In the short term SPX is rallying on hourly RSI 14 and RSI 5 buy signals, and is trying to break up from a small double bottom. On a hard fail here SPX should return to retest yesterday's low, on a conversion of 2671 to support the double bottom target would be in the 2709 area, the falling channel resistance currently in the 2713 area, and important resistance on the way is at the 5dma now at 2693 (daily closing resistance only) and the 50 hour MA now at 2702.

At a fail either near here or at channel resistance the obvious next target would be a retest of the 2603 low, most likely on Friday or next Monday, and the next inflection point would be there. On a break and conversion of 2720 to support the next rally would have started unexpectedly early. Whether or not the likely low latest by the middle of next week was in the 2600 or 2530-40 area, I'd be expecting at least a sideways to up consolidation into Xmas, and if the low was in the 2530-40 area, then the ideal subsequent rally target would be a larger H&S right shoulder high in the 2870 area.

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Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX:
SPX 60min chart:

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Santa's Inflection Point

On my last post I was talking about the expected significant backtest on SPX, and we have now seen that retracement which has reached the 61.8% fib retrace area. At this point I'm expecting the main rally into Xmas to start in the next couple of days and that may well be starting here. However ........

I did mention in my last post that this retracement might extend lower into a full retest of the October low, and there is a possible setup to deliver that in this inflection point. That bear case rests on a decent quality H&S that has formed and broken down on ES with a target at that retest of the late October low, with a perfect backtest of the broken neckline in the 2717/8 area overnight. The original IHS on SPX looking for the 2910 has failed and this delivers a possible Janus Flag target at a retest of the prior low in the 2600 area. A sustained break below 2660 likely seals the deal for bears.

The bull case is that this is also what I would call a Janus Flag, in that it looks like a topping pattern that breaks down and rejects hard into the preceding high (2815 area). That case is backed up by the decent quality falling megaphone that has formed from the high and would obviously need some confirmation from breaks of upside resistance. The important upside levels on ES area possible double bottom support at 2718, and a sustained break above looks for the 2760 area. Falling megaphone resistance is in the 2730 area and a break above likely seals the deal for bulls.

Important resistance on SPX is at declining resistance in the 2720 area, the 5dma and the daily middle band, both in the 2726/7 area, with the 50 hour MA currently well above keys areas at 2757.

We are expecting a rally into Xmas to start shortly and there is a LOT of positive RSI divergence here over multiple timeframes, including the open daily RSI 14 buy signals that fixed on the last move up. The obvious path on the overall setup is a break up into that rally directly from here, but I'll be keeping an eye on the alternate bearish scenario which is a solid pattern setup as good as the bullish pattern setup but less likely due to other factors such as cycles. If the rally does start here then the obvious target area into Xmas for me would be in the 2850-2900 area. Whatever happens the next big target should either be a retest of the late October low or the November high. The odds of staying in the 2700 area are low.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX:
ES Dec 60min chart: 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Rallying Into FOMC

Last week I was talking about a backtest into the 5dma / 50 hour MA support area and we saw that, and another leg up over the daily middle band and the 50% retracement level that brings SPX up into resistance at the 61.8% retracement level at 2812 and the September rally high at 2816.94. I have a decent looking rising wedge from the low that has slightly overthrown wedge resistance and a lot of negative divergence on the 15min chart particularly. SPX 15min chart:
So what next? SPX is at significant resistance here, with the next level up over that resistance at the 50dma in the 2835 area. These are both significant resistance and either may well hold. I'd note though that if we were to see a serious break up over the 50dma, then I have marked up a possible IHS that has formed and broken up today with a target in the 2910 area. If SPX should spend any significant time over 2850, then that 2910 would be a credible target.

On the big picture we are likely soon to see a significant backtest on SPX, and that may extend lower into a full retest of the October low. If seen that may extend further into a retest of the 2018 low at 2532.69. Alternatively we might just see a partial retracement of the rally so far, and whichever way that goes we should then see a choppy sideways to up market into January. After that we should expect another big leg down and depending how that goes, 2019 may be a flat or red year like 2011 or 2015.  SPX 60min chart:

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Just the Stats Ma'am

The close on SPX yesterday was a clear close back over the 5dma, and as it has been a decline of more than 2% since the last break down, that puts SPX back on the Three Day Rule. That means that if SPX should deliver a clear close (4/5+ handles) back below the 5dma, currently at 2684, today or tomorrow, then SPX would very likely retest the October low in the following few days.

When SPX is trending in either direction I watch the 5dma and the 50 hour MA for trend support or resistance. The 50 hour MA is currently in the 2694 area, so that and the 50dma give us the short term support area.

On the resistance side there is a possible IHS neckline in the 2725 area, and that's still in play potentially if SPX breaks back under the 2685-95. That would have an ideal right shoulder low in the 2651/2 area, but in practical terms in the event of a daily close back under the 5dma SPX would likely deliver at least a new retracement low.

Higher resistance and a very possible target area for this rally if reached quickly are the 200dma and daily middle band, both currently at 2765, and the 50% retracement of the decline from the ATH in the 2772 area.

Our overall lean here is that we are expecting this rally to pull back shortly, very possibly into the 2680-2700 area, then go higher, very possibly into the 2760-70 area. SPX may well then fail into a new retracement low before the main rally begins. This current rally would therefore be what we would normally describe as 'the high before the low'.

It is possible though that the short term low may be in. I'd note that the daily stats lean bullish every day between now and FOMC next Wednesday, and there is already a possible asymmetric double bottom that has broken up with alternate targets in the 2785 and 2810 areas.

SPX daily 5dma chart:
SPX 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Looking At The Bigger Picture

SPX retested the retracement low this morning, so the Three Day Rule target has been reached. This is a return to form after the first fail on this stat since the start of 2007 in April/May 2018. Still the strongest stat I follow. So what now?

From a cycles perspective there is a cycle high window in January, then a big cycle low in May 2019 at which we are thinking we should see the main low for this move. The ideal target for that low then would be a test of rising megaphone support from the 2011 low to be hit in the 2370 area, which would also be at the 50% retracement of the move up from the 2016 low. There are two very decent looking options for reversal on the way.

The first is in the the 2655-70 area, from where we could see a reversal to retest the high, to set up a double top looking for the main target area.

The other is a retest of the annual pivot and 2018 low area 2532-38, which is the obvious full retracement of the move from there and a possible large H&S neckline. If that H&S was to to form, with the right shoulder high ideally in the 2870 area in January, then on a break down the H&S target would be in the 2140 area, with a likely inflection point at rising support from the 2011 low where that would either hold and end the retracement there, or break to open up that full H&S target.

SPX weekly chart:
In the short term we are seeing a rally from this morning's low that should fail into at least a retest of that low. That fail should ideally be at or below declining resistance from the high, currently in the 2765-70 area. SPX 60min chart:
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Friday, 19 October 2018

Don't Fear The Reaper

It has been a while since we have seen a Three Day Rule signal fix, in part because the rule requires an initial 2% decline, and those have been pretty rare over the last couple of years, but the Three Day Rule triggers when there has been a minimum 2% decline on SPX and then SPX closes back over the 5 day moving average. That is day one, and that happened on Tuesday. The rule looks at the next two days and if there is a close back below the 5dma on either day then the rule fixes. That close back below happened yesterday, on day three. On this statistic we could see a fairly marginal high over the current rally high this week, but whether we see that or not, SPX should retest the low at 2710 in the near future. The only exceptions to this rule since the start of 2007 were two instances when an overall triangle was forming, and rather than a full retest of the previous low there were marginal higher lows over that low in the next few days.

This is the highest probability stat that I follow, and SPX is very likely to retest the 2710 low in the next few days. SPX 5dma chart:
After that retest of 2710, what then? Well we could find support in that area or continue directly down towards the obvious bigger picture target in the 2500-50 area. We'll see when we get there. Stan is leaning 50/50 on that and I'm leaning 65/35 towards the downside targets. SPX weekly chart:
On  the short term chart I'd love to see that higher high into the 50% retracement in the 2825 SPX area, but there was a significant failure this morning to convert the weekly pivot at 2790 SPX into short term support into a higher high, and SPX may head down directly from here. If we do see that marginal higher high, I'd expect that early next week, and it would be a very appealing short entry area. SPX 60min chart:
So why the title today? Well I just wanted to add that a 15% or 20% retracement of the kind that we may well be seeing here may feel like the apocalypse has arrived, but that's just because this has been such a long bull move. In truth a sharp retracement to the mean every so often is a sign of a healthy market, and it should be remembered that every retracement of any size on SPX historically has resolved to the upside. In the longer term the bulls always win. That doesn't apply on every market, tulip bulls have been waiting a while since the bottom fell out of that market in 1637, and they may be waiting a while longer, but US stocks aren't tulips. The reaper here isn't the herald of apocalypse, it's just the guy who mows the lawn.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Need To Know Your ABC

I was saying after the SPX support trendline touch a few days ago that having a strong three-touch support trendline cuts both ways, in that it is strong support while it holds, but can get ugly fast when it breaks. The strength of this push down after the support trendline broke on Wednesday morning was extremely impressive.

That move may be bottoming out for the moment and, if so, that should be the end of wave A, with a wave B rally in progress now or soon, and a likely wave C down after that to complete this move from the high. There are a number of possible options for the wave C low, but my favorite would be a retest of the 2018 low at 2532.69, just under the annual pivot at 2538. There is a possible H&S neckline at that level. If SPX does a 50% retracement from the current low then the target would be in the 2825 area, though there is impressive looking resistance in the 2790 - 2800 area that may hold as resistance. 

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
SPX 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Updated SPX Roadmap

I was saying in our free monthly Chart Chat on Sunday that the obvious next downside target on SPX was main channel support, and a test of that trendline that would mean that the channel had likely evolved into a rising wedge, which is something that happens regularly. If you'd like to see the recording of that it is posted on our October Free Webinars page.

At the low yesterday SPX hit that rising support and held it, and hourly buy signals fixed across the board on SPX, NDX and RUT. That should be the start of a new leg up and, as long as that trendline support remains unbroken, the next target within the rising wedge is wedge resistance, due to reach the 2965-70 area by the time of the next high window in early November.


Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
SPX 60min chart:
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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Potholes On The Yellow Brick Road

On Thursday morning my SPX path that has held the last four weeks hit a serious pothole with the break below shorter term rising wedge support and a break back into the high 2800s. I've been looking carefully at the options from here and there are clear bull and bear scenarios. Price needs to give direction but until demonstrated otherwise I'm leaning towards the bullish option that SPX has another new ATH into what well then be a high that lasts well into 2019.

RUT has been leading the market, as is often the case and is testing the 200dma, which is holding so far. On a break below the next big support is rising support from the early 2016 low. A break below that would be a major technical break. RUT daily chart:
On SPX shorter term rising wedge support was broken and SPX came close to a test of main rising channel support at the low on Friday. At the moment the original upside targets in the high 2900s are still on the table, a full test of channel support likely cuts that to 2960ish, and a break below tells us that the high may already be in. I'd note that the first serious daily and weekly sell signals on the equity indices fixed last week, so the wind is at minimum already changing. SPX 60min chart:
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Clean Clean

In my last post I was talking about the touch of the rising wedge support trendline that I'd been looking for, and the bull flag that was forming on SPX, that should break up today if not seen on Friday. SPX gapped up through flag resistance at the open today, and the minimum flag target is a retest of the all time high, not seen today but likely coming soon. On the video I was talking about a backtest, which we are watching now, and the ideal target for that would be a backtest of broken flag resistance, currently in the 2922 SPX area. The next possible target below would be a gapfill into Friday's close at 2913.98.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT:
I'm not showing the usual SPX hourly chart today because I was talking about the need to test rising wedge support for a couple of weeks before it was hit, and I wanted to show the clean trendlines on this pattern. This really is a beautifully formed rising wedge. The next target within the wedge, as long as wedge support is not broken first of course, is rising wedge resistance, currently in the 2975 area and rising of course. If hit, I'm expecting to see that in the next seven to ten days and that should deliver a significant high under main SPX trendline resistance from 2009, currently in the 3000 area. That main resistance trendline could be tested, but doesn't need to be. SPX 60min chart:
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

FOMC Day

So far the scenario I was laying out on Friday has been playing out perfectly with the two red days at the start of this week, and SPX backtesting obvious trend support at the 50 hour MA twice. SPX didn't quite retest Monday's low yesterday, so the double bottom setup here isn't perfect but SPX may well resume the uptrend directly from here.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
If SPX does go any lower, possibly on FOMC, then I'd note that gap support is at 2906/7 and rising wedge support and the daily middle band are both now at 2900 and, if tested, I'd expect support here. The historical stats for today and tomorrow are firmly bullish. SPX 60min chart:

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Friday, 21 September 2018

The Wicked Witch Of the West

Looking at the average rises and falls on SPX from the start since 1997, the most bearish straight sequence of days of the year are the six days from 19th September through 25th September. Within those six days, usually including the September quadruple witching, the lowest percentage of positive closes is 23rd September at 26.67% and the highest is 25th September at 35.71%. Markets are closed on the 22nd and 23rd this year of course, so that leaves Monday and Tuesday next week leaning historically bearish, and Wednesday through Friday leaning an average of 62% bullish. There is a significant possibility of a retracement in the early part of next week, and there is a decent looking setup here for that.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
So how well is the advance here correlating with the projection I posted three weeks ago? Very well so far, except the failure for the initial retracement to quite reach the ideal support trendline. That may still need to be tested, but looks ambitious for the first half of next week. If we see that retracement then the obvious target would be a test of the 50 hour moving average, currently in the 2910 area, and likely in that timeframe to be tested in the 2915-20 area. SPX 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Looking For A Retracement Low

Since I was writing on Friday the bull flag megaphone has broken up, a rising wedge formed on ES into yesterday's high and then that wedge broke down with the obvious target at a retest of the retracement low. So far however this has delivered higher lows on SPX and ES, and ES is again testing key resistance at the weekly pivot at 2884. On a break and conversion of WP the obvious read would be that the next leg up has started, although .........

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
...... the ideal target on SPX has not yet been hit, though SPX has come close twice. There is a risk that is unfinished business below, and that the next leg up on SPX will not start in earnest until that target is hit. That leaves a question mark over any impulse directly up from here. If ES can convert 2884 to support today however, then we would likely not make that low today at least.

SPX 60min chart:

Friday, 7 September 2018

Forming The Bull Flag

Apologies for the lack of updates this week. I've been reorganising my office which has been time-consuming though very satisfying. The video below is the full premarket video that I do every morning at for subscribers and there are quite a few charts at very interesting stages, most definitely including SPX/ES here.

When I was showing the SPX 15min chart in the video I was saying that ideally there would be an early rally today into the mid-2880s to test bull flag megaphone resistance, before a reversal back down towards bull flag megaphone support, now in the 2858 area. That trendline is declining at about 7.5 handles per day so will likely be in the 2854 area by the end of the session.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
From the chart below you can see that is playing out as expected so far. SPX 15min chart:
On the bigger picture hourly chart that I posted last week with my ideal path for SPX over the next few weeks, you can see that my ideal retracement low target at a touch of rising support from the late June low is now in the mid to high 2850s and a strong match with the shorter term bull flag megaphone support shown on the 15min chart above. Ideally that would be tested today and the next leg up for the next three to five weeks would start there. We'll see how that goes. SPX 60min chart:
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Friday, 31 August 2018

One Month Closes And Another One Opens

SPX has made a possible short term high a couple of days ago, but needs to show us more on Tuesday than a retracement to test obvious support at the 50 hour MA, currently in the 2890 area. If that can be broken, and the open gap below it filled, then there is a decent shot here at seeing a retracement into rising support from the late June low, currently in the 2840 area, to confirm the rising wedge from there within the overall rising channel from the overall rising channel from the early May low.

This is the equity index section of my premarket video for this morning which talks more about the evolving setup here. Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
On the chart below I have drawn in an ideal path for SPX over the next few weeks into the significant high that we are expecting in late September / early October. This would be an ideal way to trade the next few weeks if it plays out this way. SPX 60min chart:
Some announcements today. We are doing our monthly free public Chart Chat on Sunday 9th September running through the usual 35 to 40 instruments over a very wide range of markets and, if you'd like to attend, you can register for that on our September Free Webinars page.

We are also running another Trading Academy Boot Camp soon and that is starting Monday September 10th. The first two were very well received, and you can see testimonials from that as you scroll down on our testimonials page. It is also cheaper (and at least in our view better) than anything comparable on the market, and likely to be the last one we run this year. At the moment there are still places available and, if you're interested in attending, you can find out more and register for that on this page here.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Looking For A Short Term High

I'm posting my full premarket video from this morning, as this is a very interesting area on most of the instruments covered, with significant reversals in progress on many of them. Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
In the short term we are looking for a short term high here and reversal into a low next week before another leg up. As I was saying on the video before the open, ideally that would set up with a modest retracement, as we have since seen so far today, then a retest of the current high to set up negative divergence on the hourly chart. Ideally that would happen today, and SPX would be retracing for the rest of the week. We'll see how that goes. If that doesn't happen I do have a possible alternate target in the 2925-30 area but that's the lower probability option.

RUT often leads on minor and major reversals, and on the chart below an hourly RSI 14 sell signal has already fixed. RUT 60min chart:
Some announcements today. We are doing our monthly free public Chart Chat on Sunday 9th September running through the usual 35 to 40 instruments over a very wide range of markets and, if you'd like to attend, you can register for that on our September Free Webinars page.

We are also running another Trading Academy Boot Camp soon and that is starting Monday September 10th. The first two were very well received, and you can see testimonials from that as you scroll down on our testimonials page. It is also cheaper (and at least in our view better) than anything comparable on the market, and likely to be the last one we run this year. At the moment there are still places available and, if you're interested in attending, you can find out more and register for that on this page here.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Be Here Now

That was an unsatisfyingly fast low last week with none of the usual bottoming signals, but it was a higher low against the early August low, and the break under the daily middle band on Wednesday was firmly rejected on Thursday and confirmed on Friday, with a decent quality bull flag channel on ES breaking up on Friday, so that flag has a minimum target at a retest of the previous high at 2863.43 SPX, and that puts SPX within easy striking distance of the all time high at 2872.87.

Main support on SPX is at the daily middle band now at 2835, supported by the 50 hour MA now at 2837, and the new ES weekly pivot at 2837.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
Apart from the possible rising wedge resistance on ES that I look at in the video, the possible rising wedge resistance now at 2879 SPX, and possible channel resistance would now by slightly over 2900. SPX 60min chart:
We are looking for a possible backtest of the 2780 area after the next high, leaning towards a 2880 area target for that. We are looking for a more significant high in September/October that should respect main trendline resistance now in the 2950-70 area.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Targets and Support Levels

I was saying on my twitter yesterday that if ES could break and convert to support weekly pivot at 2842 then ES/SPX could head up directly, but in the absence of that a test of 2800 area support was likely, and well, here we are. So what now?

Well there is decent established support in this area down to 2793 on ES, and that may hold. A break slightly lower gives a test of the monthly pivot at 2788. A break and conversion of monthly pivot to resistance would be a significant bearish break of a kind that we haven't yet seen in this retracement. ES Sep 60min chart:
Not far under the ES monthly pivot test is a very important trendline at current main rising channel support now in the 2770-5 area. A test and reversal there would mean that this rising channel has evolved into a rising wedge. A sustained break below would open more downside. SPX 60min chart:
I have to be out most of the rest of RTH today but I'll be watching with interest from my phone. If we find a low today then I'd note that Thursday and Friday this week are both cycle trend days, so we could see a strongly directional days tomorrow and/or Friday.

Monday, 13 August 2018

The Wheels On The Bus Go Round and Round

An unsettled open on ES last night with more rumblings from Turkey and lower lows on ES and NQ. I was asked before the open whether I thought there was a serious risk of the wheels coming off on SPX with a 5% or so retracement directly from here, and I replied that I thought that the risk was low, though possible as always.

There are four important support levels below, all shown on the SPX 60min chart. The first is the short term rising wedge support trendline at Friday's low, supported by the daily middle band. As long as that holds the obvious next target is wedge resistance in the 2870 area. If that should break then there is strong established support in the 2800 area, which would also be the 38.2% retracement of the rising wedge. If 2800 was to break that could be a significant bearish break, but there would still be main channel support, currently in the 2765 area.

On the upside resistance is at the the ES weekly pivot at 2842 and the 50 hour MA on SPX, currently at 2845 and resistance so far both on Friday and today, then the open gap from 2853.58 that would need to be filled. After that the way would be clear for SPX to head back to short term wedge resistance and a likely test of the all time high at 2872.87.

Leaning long into that ATH retest until demonstrated otherwise.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
SPX 60min chart:
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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Bull Flag Compression

ES has been compressing for a couple of days now, forming a likely bull flag for the next leg higher. That may have made a low overnight or may have a bit lower to go before the next leg up begins. A break and conversion to support of the current short term high at 2863.75 ES should clear the path to the all time high retest. Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
On SPX main channel resistance is now in the 2888 area and may be the target for the next leg up, after which we expect to see a decent retracement with an obvious target at a test of main channel support, currently in the 2765 area but obviously rising.

After that we might see a test of longer term trendline resistance on SPX in the 2950-3000 area to make a more serious high. SPX 60min chart:
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Monday, 6 August 2018

Looking Higher

I am back from holiday and normal updates are resuming today.

The retracement last week was larger than expected and established a larger rising channel from the 2691.99 low that is part of the larger overall rising channel from 2594.62. Shorter term channel support is now in the 2803 area, and I'm looking in the video below at a possible short term retracement to backtest the new weekly pivot at 2824 ES / 2825.5 SPX, support by the 50 hour MA currently at 2823 SPX. Ideally we would test and reverse there to start the main move to the retest of the all time high.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
On the upside you can see that the two channel resistance trendlines will intersect in the 2890s later this week. That is a possible price and time target for this move. SPX 60min chart:
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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Schrodinger's Bacon

Sometimes as I cook with my older children we take a moment to discuss the great issues of our times and, after a quick foray this afternoon into the placebo effect and alternative medicines, my son and I decided to tackle the important matter of adapting Schrodinger's famous quantum physics experiment to fit the perspective of our labrador/poodle cross Pippa.

As Pippa's main and possibly only interest is in food, we decided to replace the cat with bacon, which would be placed in the same locked box with an atomic clock that, at the key random point of atomic decay, would now trigger a process that would perfectly grill the bacon. The bacon would therefore exist in a quantum probability cloud state of cooked/uncooked until the moment that the state was crystallised by Pippa's observation of the bacon, obviously through smell rather than sight.

This raised some interesting questions. Could Pippa influence the final state through her clear preference for cooked bacon? Would the odds of the bacon being cooked be affected by the aroma of cooked bacon being much more powerful than uncooked? Are there any real world materials that are truly impermeable to the aroma of cooked bacon? Good questions all, and doubtless physicists will be considering these in depth over coming decades. As our initiation of this great project is now complete, my son and I are thinking of looking at world peace tomorrow. :-)

On to the markets, where ES/SPX has been backtesting the resistance broken on the announcement later yesterday that Trump and Juncker had agreed on a trade deal to avoid mutually higher tariffs. The low for that backtest may already be in and we are leaning long in the expectation of seeing the all time highs on SPX retested in the next few days.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
I was saying in my last post that the closer SPX came to the retest of the all time high (ATH), the more likely it would be that the retest would happen before a significant retracement rather than afterwards. At this stage the main pattern from the lows this year is the rising channel that is the thrust up from the lows on the bullish triangle that formed from the 2018 highs. The minimum target for that bull triangle/flag is the ATH retest and you can see on the chart below that the ATH and rising channel resistance will cross at the close tomorrow. The ATH retest doesn't need to be then, but is likely to happen in the first half of next week, and from there we should see the decent retracement that we didn't see last week, possibly back into the 2800 area, before likely continuation higher. Any retracement on the way into that ATH retest is now likely both to be modest, and to be a buying opportunity.

SPX 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Antigonish

Last week I was looking at the high quality setup for a retracement but was looking for a modest move to the all time high retest on RUT before that got going. Today we are looking at SPX having gone considerably higher and at the time of writing RUT has still not delivered that full retest, though it came close at the high this morning. I did mention that the correlation between SPX and RUT tended to be rather variable.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
There are still high quality daily and hourly sell signals fixed on SPX, and that still favors retracement here short term. It's important to remember though that on the bigger picture here SPX is in a thrust up from a triangle with a very clear target at a retest of the all time high at 2872.87, and the closer SPX gets to that target without retracing, the more likely it is that target will be hit before a significant retracement is seen. If we don't see that retracement start today, SPX may well just head there directly. SPX 60min chart:

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Forming A Likely (Short Term) High

I was talking about on Tuesday about the likely short term high forming here and that process is now further advanced and possibly finished, though I think that the odds favor another short term high retest before the retracement that should follow.

Just to recap, we are expecting a short term retracement retracement to follow, lasting perhaps a week and taking SPX back into the 2750-70 range before another leg up starts that might carry SPX up to the all time high retest.

In the short term an hourly RSI 14 sell signal has now fixed and a daily RSI 5 sell signal is brewing. Key short term trend support is at the 50 hour MA, currently in the 2798 area, and if we see a high retest from here I'd expect that to be the second high of a small double top. SPX 60min chart:
Why am I looking for a short term high retest? Well there is the lack of a decent initial reversal pattern but there is also the setup on the RUT chart below with a clear bull flag wedge having broken up with a minimum target at the ATH retest not far above. That isn't a huge move but this is a reliable pattern and I'm expecting this to deliver. While the correlation between SPX and RUT is somewhat variable, a short term high retest on SPX is the obvious thing to see while this plays out on RUT. We'll see whether that delivers. Any sustained break below 2800 SPX would obviously throw this into serious doubt. RUT 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Baby Steps

I was expecting a modest retracement in my last post and we have seen one. I was looking at the setup on the premarket video today and there is a probable short term low here testing support at the ES weekly pivot, open gap support on SPX and the 50 hour MA. We should see a short term higher high next and that will likely be setting up a larger retracement to follow. That's working out so far.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
On the bigger picture there are possible hourly RSI 14 and daily RSI 5 sell signals brewing and those I am expecting to deliver not too soon after a higher high for July is made on SPX. SPX 60min chart:
Wrap:

Friday, 13 July 2018

Just One Wafer Thin Retracement Monsieur

SPX has now broken above both the June and March highs, and should be on the way back to retest the all time high. Short term though we are looking for a modest retracement before the next leg up. The short term ES channel support that I was looking at in the premarket video has now broken, the overnight high is being retested and there is a lot of negative RSI divergence. This retracement should be starting soon and last into the first half of next week. Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ:
On the bigger picture SPX is within a larger rising channel and channel support is currently in the 2716 area. That shouldn't be a target here. SPX 60min chart:
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Onward and Upward

My apologies for the intermittent posts lately. As some of you will know, it has been very busy at theartofchart.net recently with the launch of a major new service for us on 25th June, Paragon Options, a directional options service trading options on futures. We've put a lot of work into developing and launching this service, which as far as we are aware is entirely unique, trading options on the wide range of futures and forex instruments we cover in our other services. Almost all or all other options services focus on stocks and ETFs. The first month is going well, up about 5% in the first two weeks and two days so far, and workload should be easing off a bit soon, but it has been very busy. My posting schedule should be back to normal soon.

Since I last posted that the retracement low was likely in, SPX formed a decent quality IHS and that has broken up and reached target at a retest of the June high. In the short term ES/SPX is retracing and ideally we'd like to see a low made today or tomorrow in the 2760-5 ES area before this uptrend resumes.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
On SPX there is a clear rising channel from the low and it is this I am mainly watching here. Channel resistance is rising obviously and is currently in the 2842 area. SPX 60min chart:

Friday, 29 June 2018

The Retracement Low Is (Probably) In

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SPX reached the ideal 2680-2700 retracement low range and has rallied strongly from there with a 60min RSI 14 buy signal fixing this morning. The low isn't definitely in yet, with resistance at the 50 hour MA and daily middle band above in the 2737 and 2756 areas respectively, but this is a very strong candidate low, but a decent double bottom setup here meaning that there would be no need to retest the low as part of a bottoming process. We'll see how that goes.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, SPX, NDX, RUT:
The cleanest reversal setup is on NDX, with a falling wedge / bull flag that broke up this morning, another hourly RSI 14 buy signal fixed this morning and a double bottom setup to point the way back to the high retest that would also be the minimum bull flag setup. Any retracement today will look like a buy to me. You might still be reluctant to be long yet subject to more confirmation, but this isn't a setup that I'd be at all keen to short. NDX 60min chart:
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Minding The Gap

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After a slow start SPX is coming into the ideal low area 2680-2700 that Stan has been calling for the last few weeks. SPX is in the low window and we think that a low this week is likely.

Full Intraday Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, AUDUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD:
The high today was at gap resistance, and at the 50 hour MA which was the obvious resistance area, and the final leg down should now in progress. If SPX should go under 2680 then rising support from the the early April low is now in the 2665 area. That's not a target here, but under 2680 it would be the next big support level. SPX 60min chart:

Thursday, 21 June 2018

A Bull Flag Megaphone Taking Shape

Apologies for the lack of updates this week. It has been extremely busy. I should be back on a more normal schedule next week. Stan and I are doing our monthly free public webinar on FAANG stocks and key sectors tonight, and if you'd like to attend you can register for that on our June Free Webinars page.

It has been an irritating week on the indices, from a promising start on ES/SPX and NQ/NDX, with high quality H&S patterns breaking down on all four, with then the H&S patterns on NQ/NDX failing into  higher highs, and then the H&S on ES being invalidated at the highs last night, leaving the H&S on SPX as the sole survivor of the four patterns, having escaped invalidation by 0.13 handles at the highs yesterday. That still has an open target in the 2725 area.

So what is actually happening here? Well the overnight high on ES was very interesting as it established a three touch declining resistance trendline from the high. That was interesting because it suggests that a flag pattern is forming and, as long as that resistance holds, then ES should be on the way to confirm a pattern support trendline. After I recorded the video below I had a careful look to see if I could identify likely targets and I found two, both falling megaphone support alternate trendlines, and by the close today they would be in the 2728 and 2720 areas respectively. If ES trends down today, which I was talking about as a strong probability on the premarket video below, and is looking increasingly likely at the time of writing, then the target for this move is likely to be one of those trendlines.

In terms of quality I like the higher trendline better, but if the touch (and likely reverse) was to be today I would note that the lower trendline would be a strong match with the 38.2% fib retracement of the broken rising wedge in the 2720 area, and that would normally be my minimum retracement target on a broken wedge like this one. The H&S target on SPX would be satisfied on a hit of either option. If that low was to be made tomorrow then the higher trendline would be a better match.

So what would a retracement low in this area mean? Well the setup would be a clear bull flag megaphone. The low would be a clear timing match with Stan's low window for this retracement with the middle of that low window on Monday 25th June, and on a break up from the flag the minimum target would be a retest of the June high, with very possible continuation on to a retest of the all time highs on ES/SPX. We will see how this develops.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, CL, NG, GC, SI, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, ZC, ZS, DX, EURUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD, AUDUSD:
ES Sep 60min chart:

Thursday, 14 June 2018

An Uncertain Decline Is Often A Bull Flag Forming

The SPX 60min RSI 14 sell signal that fixed early this week is still open, there is another on NDX and one is brewing on RUT. Furthermore there are now possible daily sell signals brewing on both NDX and RUT, and if SPX retests the June high then there will also be one brewing on SPX.

Is SPX going to retest the June high? Most likely yes. I was talking about the possibility of that happening in the video below, and on the SPX 15min chart below that there is a double top setup that is acting very strangely until you see that it is actually a perfect bull flag channel that is in fact not acting strangely at all. When that breaks up SPX should retest the high and at that stage we might have a genuine double top setup.

One thing I'd mention though is that the next cycle low window is around 25th June. The longer SPX takes to top here, the shorter and likely shallower this retracement is likely to be. The current possible double top forming now would look for the 2750-60 area, and I'd note that rising support from the early May low would be in the right area in that timeframe.

I've left the DX section in today as it's being very interesting today. Partial Intraday Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ, TF & DX:
SPX 15min chart:
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Downside Potential Here

SPX is at a potentially significant inflection point here, with a setup for a possible sharp retracement. SPX has broken down from a short term rising wedge and formed a possible double top. A possible hourly RSI 14 sell signal is brewing and the obvious first downside target on SPX in the event of a significant reversal here would be channel support in the 2740 area. We are looking for a sharp retracement soon and it could well start here.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ and TF, and CL, NG, GC, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, DX, EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, NZDUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD:
If we see this retracement, which could last a couple of weeks and might go as low as a test of monthly pivot at 2681, then we'd be looking for a retest of the all time high on the next move up. SPX 60min chart:
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Filling The Island Top Gap - Take Three

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ES/SPX has been forming a likely large bull flag over most of the last month, and the flag pattern is the unusual and very poorly named broadening formation, right angled and descending. I'm trying to think of a catchier name.

Be that as it may I like these patterns and, on ES overnight, that pattern has been starting to break up. The full target would be in the 2800-5 area, though we thinking we might see a retracement/backtest from the 2765-75 area, if the island top gap from the March high into 2752.021 can now finally be filled. Our expectation is that this gap should be filled today.

Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ and TF:


SPX 60min chart:

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Testing Double Top Support

Interesting setup on SPX here as the holiday week begins. SPX is now testing the larger double top support that I was looking at last week and has broken slightly below double top support at the open. From here there are only two high probability options.

The first option is that SPX continues down towards the double top target in the 2661.50 area. A sustained break below 2690 from here likely seals that for the bears. The second option here is that the double top fails and rejects at the break. That's what I would call a Janus bull flag setup, and the target would be a full retest of the May high at 2742.24. A strong break back over weekly pivot on SPX at 2723.65 likely seals this for the bulls, though by that stage SPX would be most of the way back to 2742.24 of course. As a general rule I'd expect to see one or the other target reached this week.

Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ and TF, and CL, NG, GC, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, DX, EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, NZDUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD:
In the video I mention that the downside scenario is supported by the ascending triangle on ES having clearly broken down, though these aren't great at making targets, and that there are still open 60min RSI 14 sell signals on SPX, NDX and RUT. I have been assuming that these would make target after a test of 2760-70 on SPX, but they could do that now instead of course.

Overall the pattern and RSI structure here favors the bears at this inflection point, and the EW structure favors the bulls. May the best structure win! :-)

SPX 60min chart:
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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Still Minding The Gap

SPX is still testing the open island top gap from the March rally high, and that has been solid resistance so far. My lean is that SPX will likely break up through that within a day or two, but there is now a clear alternate downside scenario shown on the SPX hourly chart below. Partial Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ and TF:
The downside scenario here is a possible nested double top setup. A possible hourly RSI 5 sell signal is brewing and will fix on any significant further downside. In terms of the pattern setup the first serious support is rising channel support now in the 2726 area. As it happens the smaller possible double top support is also at 2726, and on a break below the first double top target would be in the 2710 area. That is a decent match with possible trendline support on ES is the 2712 area. The larger double top support is at 2701.9, and a sustained break below would look for 2661.5.

On the downside scenario, with ES and SPX trading at roughly the same level at the moment, support on the way is at the weekly pivot at 2718.9, and the daily middle band, now in the 2688/9 area. SPX 60min chart:

Monday, 21 May 2018

Mind The (Island Top) Gap

I was concerned on Thursday that SPX would fail to do the obvious second leg down on the likely overall bull flag forming here, and in all likelihood SPX has now broken up from that bull flag. Confirmation that SPX is going up directly comes on a fill of the open island top gap from the mid-March high at 2752.01.

I'm leaning against another leg down here but if the bears are going to have (yet) another try at that, then first support is at the ES weekly pivot 2718.25 (same area on SPX), then a break of rising support from the mid-May low, now in the 2712 ES area.

I uploaded the full premarket video this morning by mistake, so this is going to be the full version that I post this week, as I try to only post one of those each week. Full Premarket Video from theartofchart.net - Update on ES, NQ and TF, and CL, NG, GC, HG, ZB, KC, SB, CC, ZW, DX, EURUSD, GBPUSD, AUDUSD, NZDUSD, USDJPY, USDCAD:
One thing I look for in a situation like this, when a break up or down is happening earlier than expected, is whether a high quality pattern might be forming, and indeed a high quality rising channel has now been established from the 2594 low. Channel support is now in the 2714/5 area, and if that holds then I'd note that channel resistance is now in the 2790 area. SPX 60min chart:
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