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Friday 26 February 2021

Likely Bull Flags Forming

 My last post was a couple of weeks ago now and in that time the retracement that I was expecting has been playing out, though the main target, rising support from the March low, now in the 3745 area, has not yet been tested, and may well not be before we see a high retest.

Why is that? Well the patterns forming here look like bear flags, and while the low this morning overshot my ideal bull flag channel support on SPX by five handles or so, the action today has only strengthened the case that the next move is likely to be a retest of the all time high on SPX.

Before the open this morning I was noting that hourly buy signals had fixed on ES, RTH and YM, and since then hourly RSI 5 buy signals have fixed on SPX and IWM, with another brewing on INDU. There is a lot of upward pressure building here, and as well as the clear bull flag , the retracements so far on RTY, DAX & ESTX50 all also have the look of bull flags forming.

I was also noting this morning that today is the last trading day of February, which leans about 67% bearish historically. The first day of March leans about the same distance to the bull side, so I was suggesting before the open that ideally there would be a low made in the 3790 ES area today before a move started, boosted by the bullish stats on Monday, that might well deliver the all time high retest. The low was at 3784 ES, which was a shade low, but so far I've seen nothing to change that view.

I was saying a couple of weeks ago that while equities have clearly been in a strong bull trend, trendlines and patterns have still been working well. I think my point has been made since then, and I'd particularly note the lovely H&S that formed on SPX and set up the first move to the 3800 area, which I called in my premarket videos as the obvious path down early last week. If I have time I'm going to be extracting that section and posting it as a particularly nice call.

SPX 60min 4Mo chart:

On this larger timeframe SPX hourly chart you can see that rising wedge support from the March low is now in the 3745 area. In the event that we do see more downside short term then that would be the obvious next target, though as I said, the setup here favors bull flags forming, so we may well see that all time high retest first.

SPX 60min 14Mo chart:

On the SPX daily chart, if we are going to rally from here, the next step would be a close back over the daily middle band, currently 3876 area and supported as resistance by the 5dma in the same area, and the 50 hour MA now at 3882. Once these levels have been broken (daily close basis), and converted to support, a break of the bull flag resistance on SPX should deliver an all time high retest.

SPX Daily chart:

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Tuesday 2 February 2021

So Here We Are Then - SPX Update

 Firstly my apology for the lack of an update last week. As I've mentioned, I'm negotiating my way through a difficult divorce at the moment, and some weeks are harder than others. On the harder weeks I struggle to get any posts done. As the weeks and months pass everything should be resolved and I can just move on and I'm really looking forward to that.

So what has happened since my last post? Well I noted wryly that I lost several twitter followers as soon as I published my last post, and I assume that was because I was looking for a support break and retracement on SPX, and that is exactly what we have seen. I think that the low we have just made is what I would call 'the low before the high', just a sort of stretching of recently unused muscles before a larger retracement gets going, and I'll be looking at possible targets for that retracement in my next post.

In the meantime SPX closed below the daily middle band for the first time since early November, then backtested it as resistance and made a lower low before breaking back above it today. I'm expecting a close above the daily middle band (currently 3795 SPX area) today and there is a strong setup here for a full retest of the all time high next. The daily RSI 5 sell signal in my last post made target, a weak daily RSI 14 sell signal has now also fixed and on the bull side, a daily RSI 5 buy signal should fix at the close today and may reach target.

SPX daily chart:

On the SPX hourly chart the rising wedge from the late October low has broken down and the next obvious trendline target is rising wedge support from the March low, currently in the 3650 area. We will likely retest the all time high before we see that tested, though I do have an alternate scenario where we see a lower high here and then a lower low before that high retest, and I'll be looking at that on the next chart:

SPX 60min chart:

On the 15min chart below you can see the strong break of the rising wedge from the late October low and the modest retracement of that that was likely completed on Friday. A falling megaphone formed from the high that is a likely bull flag and that broke up at the open this morning with a minimum target at a retest of the all time high.

There is a possibility too though that a larger bull flag may be forming and SPX might break down into a lower low before that all time high retest. If so the ideal target for that lower low would be the red dotted trendline that I have drawn in, declining gently and currently in the 3675 area.

SPX 15min chart:

In the short term SPX has established two rising channels from the current retracement low at today's high, and a 5min RSI 14 sell signal has fixed today. These tend to deliver and you can see six of these on the chart over the last two weeks and all of them made target. What I'm expecting to see here is a retracement over the next trading day or so that would likely break the smaller channel support and test the larger channel support, currently in the 3793 area but rising about 45 handles per day, so if we are going to see a retracement, I'd be looking for that low tomorrow lunchtime at the latest really. If that channel support trendline holds then the next obvious target would be the all time high retest, at which point I would be looking seriously for signs of the next short term high.

SPX 5min chart:

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I'm planning my next post on Thursday but if tomorrow is interesting enough I might bring that forward.