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Friday, 23 September 2022

Approaching The Low Retest

I was saying in my premarket video on Monday morning that ideally what we would see this week is a rally on Mon/Tues, and then another leg down on Wednesday through Monday next week in line with the very bearish historical stats for these four days. So far that has delivered well, with FOMC on Wednesday delivering the next leg down I was looking for. If you'd like to hear that premarket video every morning that is included in our Daily Update Service and you can get a 30 day free trial here.

On Friday last week I was looking for a test of the daily lower band on SPX. That was hit on Wednesday and yesterday, so there is a possible daily lower band ride starting. The downtrend is strong and at the moment there is no meaningful positive divergence on the US indices that I follow. The 2022 low is at 3636.87, and that is likely to be testing within days.

SPX BBs chart:

SPX hit yesterday the possible target trendline I drew after the rally high at 4119 and that held for a couple of hours before breaking slightly. Overnight that is looking likely to break hard this morning and there is no positive divergence on the hourly or 15min charts, so once SPX breaks and converts 3700 the retest of the 2022 low at 3636.87 is the next big level.

SPX 60min chart:

On NDX the target trendline I drew is now in the 11175 area. That may well be hit this morning too and is possible support. If broken, or hit next week, the retest of the 2022 low is at 11037.20.

NDX 15min chart:

On IWM the target trendline I drew is now in the 169.50 area. That may well be hit this morning too and is possible support. If broken, or hit next week, the retest of the 2022 low is at 162.78.

IWM 15min chart:

On Dow the target trendline I drew is now in the 29650 area. That may well be hit this morning too and is possible support. If broken, or hit next week, the retest of the 2022 low is in that area. Dow would likely be the first index to reach that.

INDU 15min chart:

This has been a strong trend down, and if 3700 SPX can be broken and converted to resistance, I'd expect to see a new low on SPX for 2022 today or Monday. The daily lower band closed yesterday at 3753 with the 3sd lower band closing at 3650.74 so as both should be lower at the open, the 2022 low retest is in range today without a break of the daily 3sd lower band. If we hit the 3sd lower band today or Monday that would be a good indicator for a possible strong rally.

Today is Friday, and those usually aren't that exciting, so we may see a rally attempt today. If not, then we may well see a new low for 2022 today, with a decent chance of at least a decent rally after that low retest. If we don't see that today then we likely see that on Monday.

We did a trading commodities webinar yesterday and gave the usual three trade setups and designs. If you missed that you can see that here or on our September Free Webinars page. We are doing our monthly free public webinar at theartofchart.net on the Big Five and Key Sectors after the close next Thursday and if you'd like to see that you can register for that here or on the free webinars page.

My next post should be on Monday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend. :-)

Friday, 16 September 2022

The Downside Is Strong In This One

I was saying in my post on Monday that a fail at the test of the daily middle band generally happens in one of two ways. The first way is the usual test and fail, and the second is a break above that is rejected the next day. Obviously SPX took the second option and delivered a memorable rejection candle. That was bearish with an obvious minimum target at a retest of the daily lower band, which closed yesterday at 3823. I'm expecting that target to be reached, and likely lower. A retest in the next few weeks of the 2022 low at 3636.87 is now firmly on the table as my primary scenario.

SPX BBs chart:

On the SPX chart there was a decent quality double bottom that formed and broke up on Wednesday afternoon, but rejected back into a lower low. On Thursday there was a really nice double bottom option looking for a backtest of the 4000 area, supported by a lot of 15min and hourly buy signals across the US indices and futures. That too broke up and then rejected into back into a lower low. This downside move has shown a lot of strength in those two rejections and I think the next real support is likely to be in the 3800 area.

In the short term SPX in still on a 15min buy signal and the best looking support trendline option is now in the 3790-3800 area.

SPX 15min chart:

On the NDX chart the best looking support trendline option is now in the 11500 area.

NDX 15min chart:

On the IWM chart the best looking support trendline option is now in the 173 area. That may be hard to reach on this move as IWM has held up the best of the US indices so far this week.

IWM 15min chart:

On the Dow chart the best looking support trendline option is now in the 30150 area.

INDU 15min chart:

It is opex Friday today so the market often doesn't move much after lunch. The positive divergence here is telling us that we could see a rally soon, but the failure to sustain a rally on either Wednesday afternoon and yesterday suggest that SPX will be testing 3800 before there is another serious attempt at a rally.

The historical stats for next week lean neutral on Monday and Tuesday and then there is are four consecutive trading days from Wednesday 21st September through Monday 26th September which all lean significantly bearish. Ideally therefore we would see the next rally Mon/Tues next week and then another leg down after that. I'm expecting to see a retest of the 2022 low at 3636.87 in the next few weeks, and that might well be sooner rather than later.

My next post should be on Monday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend. :-)

Monday, 12 September 2022

Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

SPX rallied further on Friday to test the monthly pivot at 4078, and has been trading above it overnight. A string of decent quality double bottoms have broken up on the equity indices and if we are to see further upside then the next big resistance on SPX is at the daily middle band which closed on Friday in the 4108 area. This brings us to a big inflection point that should determine direction for the next few weeks.

On the bear side the daily middle band should hold as resistance. That can either happen with a fail directly at or under the daily middle band, or with a break above it that fails to follow through to convert it back to support. That would normally be delivered with a clear break above it that then rejects back below it the following day.

On the bull side the daily middle band needs to be broken and converted back to support, which would open up a possible move to retest the rally high at 4325.20, and perhaps then higher, as if that retest is reached all of the decent looking bull flag setups from the all time highs would then have broken up, opening up a possible retest of the all time highs on equity indices.

Is that all time high retest possible on equity indices in this economic environment? Well SPX really does like to retest highs and lows, and with inflation and bond yields where they are, effectively leaving bonds at significantly negative real interest rates and extremely unattractive as any kind of hedge against inflation, perhaps that might be enough to deliver a high retest, though, if seen at all, I'd be doubtful about seeing much more than that.

I can say that we have seen some really crazy things happen on the markets over the last thirty years and I don't think an all time high retest here would be the craziest. We'll see. As ever I'll be led by the charts as being an armchair economist has rarely been much use forecasting short or medium term moves on the markets.

SPX daily chart:

On the SPX chart a double bottom has broken up with alternate targets in the 4130 and 4155 areas. A 15min RSI 14 sell signal has fixed though that may or may not deliver some retracement today.

SPX 15min chart:

On the NDX chart a double bottom has broken up with alternate targets in the 12880 and 12970 areas. A 15min RSI 14 sell signal has fixed though that may or may not deliver some retracement today.

NDX 15min chart:

On the IWM chart a double bottom has broken up with alternate targets in the 189.5 and 190.7 areas. A 15min RSI 14 sell signal has fixed though that may or may not deliver some retracement today.

IWM 15min chart:

On the Dow chart a double bottom has broken up with alternate targets in the 32890 and 33080 areas. A 15min RSI 14 sell signal has fixed though that may or may not deliver some retracement today.

INDU 15min chart:

Historical stats this week lean 71.4% bullish both today and tomorrow, neutral on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Friday this week also leaning 71.4% bullish into Opex. As a group this is one of the most bullish leaning trading weeks of the year, though not so much on NDX in recent years. In a strong trend down that wouldn't matter much but in the absence of that we could see a decent move up into the end of next week.

In the short term we have those solid looking double bottom setups breaking up on SPX, NDX, IWM and Dow so we'll see how those fare today.

We are did our monthly free public Chart Chat at theartofchart.net yesterday and if you missed it you can see that here or on our September Free Webinars page.

My next post should be on Friday before the open.

Friday, 9 September 2022

Back On The Three Day Rule

I was saying on Wednesday morning that the most important short term resistance was the 5dma, and we saw a break back over the 5dma at the close on Wednesday, so that put SPX back on the Three Day Rule. That means that in the event of a clear visual break (3 to 5 handles) back below the 5dma on either of the next two trading days, in this case yesterday or today, then SPX should retest the last low at 3886.75 before any retest of the prior high at 4325.28.

I was asked about this stat this week and I was looking back at it. The stat goes back to the start of 2007, I think because I first looked at it in 2012 and went back five years. After a fail and small tweak of the rules in 2019, on the revised basis this has delivered every time over the last almost thirteen years apart from two very marginal higher lows when triangles were forming that broke up to deliver significant lows. This stat is going to fail sometime but that must be somewhere between 150 and 200 Three Day Rule fixes over the period that all made target. I have never seen a market stat as reliable as this one has been.

The 5dma closed at 3957 yesterday and will likely close a bit higher today. A clear break back below it today would very likely deliver a retest of the last low at 3886.75.

SPX daily 5dma chart:

SPX has now clearly come off the daily lower band and may be heading back up to the the daily middle band, currently at 4115. Short term resistance for today is a break and conversion of short term double bottom resistance at 4018.43, the 45dma at 4048, and declining resistance now in the 4055 area. A break and conversion of 4018.43 looks for a target in the 4133-50 area.

SPX daily BBs chart:

The economic news has been pretty dire, and despite all the decent looking bull flags that have formed since the all time highs on equities I obviously have serious doubts about whether those retests are doable, but if SPX can break and convert the daily middle band back to support then they are at least still the table as a possibility and, so far at least, that important support in the 3900 area is still holding.

Rather than show you the updated short term double bottoms that are starting to break up here, as they are mostly on my last post in any case, I thought I'd close today showing you some of the most bullish looking charts on the sector indices that I  cover at theartofchart.net.

The most bullish is at IBB (biotech), where the obvious interpretation for this latest retracement is that the right shoulder on a larger IHS is forming. A sustained break up over the neckline in the 135 area would look for a target in the 165 area, effectively opening a retest of the all time high at 176.99. This may not deliver but it is a beautiful setup and pattern.

IBB daily chart:

On IYR (real estate) the setup is more ambiguous, but there is a lovely bull flag from the all time high with the obvious next target within the flag in the 108.8 area. A short term H&S has broken down but may be failing, and if it fails that should deliver a retest of the rally high at 103.36. If seen we may well see that test of main bull flag resistance and IYR would already have rallied most of the way back to the all time high retest.

IYR daily chart:

XLE (energy) has an IHS that has already broken up towards a retest of the 2022 high at 92.28, and a smaller H&S that has since formed and broken down. I'm expecting the small H&S to fail back to the recent high at 85.18 and after that I think there is a very good chance of a retest of the all time high.

XLE daily chart:

Historical stats for the next few days are 61.9% bullish today, with Monday, Tuesday and Friday next week also all leaning 71.4% bullish into Opex. As a group these are one of the most bullish leaning six trading day periods of the year. In a strong trend down that wouldn't matter much but in the absence of that we could see a decent move up into the end of next week.

In the short term we have solid looking double bottom setups breaking up on SPX, NDX, IWM and Dow so we'll see how those far today. As I didn't manage to finish this post before the open I can now see a possible breakaway gap up over double bottom resistance on SPX. If we are going to see a reversal back down today then a fill of the gap from yesterday's close at 4006.18 would be the first serious crack in this short term bullish looking setup.

We are doing our monthly free public Chart Chat at 4pm on Sunday. It should be interesting with equities bonds and USD all at or coming into interesting inflection points here. If you'd like to attend you can register for that here or on our September Free Webinars page.

My next post should be on Monday or Tuesday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend :-)

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Still Testing 3900

The rally from the first backtest of 3900 was over too fast to set up any possible possible divergence on the daily RSIs. That means that there are no possible daily RSI buy signals brewing on the US equity indices, and that is a strike in favor of the bears.

The inflection point here remains the same. The rally could resume from the important support in the 3900 area, or that area could fail into a retest of the 2022 lows.

SPX didn't quite make it to the daily lower band yesterday. That closed the day at 3872 and if the daily lower band ride is not ending then I'd be looking for SPX to make a lower low today and at least try to retest that.

SPX daily BBs chart:

At this point the 5dma, currently at 3948, is the most important short term resistance on SPX, because a clear closing break back above it would put SPX back on the Three Day Rule. If SPX was then to deliver a clear close back below that on either of the two subsequent days, we would then very likely see a retest of the current low, now at 3886.75 but possibly lower before that break up.

SPX daily 5dma chart:

On the SPX 15min chart there is currently a very decent quality double bottom setup here. A sustained break up over 4018.53 would look for the 4150 area. Declining resistance from the rally high is now in the 4090 area.

SPX 15min chart:

On the NDX 15min chart there is also currently a very decent quality double bottom setup here. A sustained break up over 12451.30 would look for the 12900 area. Declining resistance from the rally high is now in the 12650 area. The full H&S target from the rally high has now been reached.

NDX 15min chart:

On the IWM 15min chart there is also currently a very decent quality double bottom setup here. A sustained break up over 183.95 would look for the 199 area. Declining resistance from the rally high is now in the 189 area. The full H&S target from the rally high has now been reached.

IWM 15min chart:

Overall the setup here is leaning somewhat towards a break down, but there is some good news for bulls in the historical stats for the coming week. Historical stats for the next few days are neutral tomorrow and bullish on Friday, which leans 61.9% bullish with Monday, Tuesday and Friday next week also all leaning 71.4% bullish into Opex.

We are doing our monthly free public Chart Chat at 4pm on Sunday. It should be interesting with equities bonds and USD all at or coming into interesting inflection points here. If you'd like to attend you can register for that here or on our September Free Webinars page.

My next post should be on Friday before the open.

Friday, 2 September 2022

Testing 3900

The H&S patterns from the rally highs that I was looking at a week ago all made their target areas yesterday and SPX is now testing important support at 3900. This area was significant on the way up in early 2021, and was then key support in May, resistance in June, and was broken as resistance and backtested as support in July.  Bulls need to hold this area if they want to go higher, and bears need to break it hard if they want to retest the 2022 low at 3636.87 and go lower.

Either way I'm expecting to see at least a rally attempt here, and I think that rally started yesterday. On the bull scenario I would be leaning towards a 50% (approximately) retracement back towards the new SPX monthly pivot at 4078, possibly failing at the 50 hour MA, currently at 4053, then a retest of yesterday's low to set up positive divergence on the daily chart and a double bottom setup to retest the rally high, and then the move back to that high at 4325.28, setting up a possible move back to retest the all time highs.

On the bear scenario SPX would retest yesterday's lows, breaking through and converting 3900 to resistance before a move to retest the 2022 low, probably then breaking lower. We will see.

SPX daily chart:

On the SPX chart the full H&S target was made yesterday, reaching the 61.8% retracement area. A decent looking falling wedge has formed on the way down and broke up yesterday afternoon. A possible declining resistance trendline target is now in the 4120 area and declining rapidly.

SPX 15min chart:

On the NDX chart the full H&S target was almost made yesterday, reaching the 61.8% retracement area. A decent looking falling wedge has formed on the way down and broke up yesterday afternoon. A possible declining resistance trendline target is now in the 12820 area and declining rapidly.

NDX 15min chart:

On the IWM chart the full H&S target was almost made yesterday, reaching the 61.8% retracement area. A decent looking falling wedge has formed on the way down and broke up yesterday afternoon. A possible declining resistance trendline target is now in the 191 area and declining rapidly.

IWM 15min chart:

On the Dow chart the full H&S target was made yesterday, reaching the 61.8% retracement area. A decent looking falling wedge has formed on the way down and broke up yesterday afternoon. A possible declining resistance trendline target is now in the 32700 area and declining rapidly.

INDU 15min chart:

What are the prospects of seeing the stock markets retesting the all time highs here? Well the economic news doesn't seem at all encouraging, and the Fed now seems to be remembering that keeping inflation low is an important part of their job. Do I think that a major new bull market started at the current 2022 low as some are saying? No, I think that is very doubtful, and if we do see a retest of the all time highs my lean will be that would likely be the second high of a large double top, preceding another test of the 2022 low and another big inflection point there. SPX does like those high retests though, and the decent looking bull flag setups across the board from the all time highs are saying that those high retests are possible until demonstrated otherwise.

Historical stats for the next few days are neutral until Friday 9th September, which leans 61.9% bullish with Monday, Tuesday and Friday the following week also all leaning 71.4% bullish into Opex.

My next post should be on Monday or Tuesday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend. :-)

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

On The Road To 3910

In my post on Friday I was looking for a fail at the backtest of the 4200 SPX area, and a break down from the H&S patterns forming on the US equity indices and we saw that fail and all the H&S patterns broke down. None of those have yet made target.

SPX has broken back below the 45dma, now at 4030.05, so the reversion to the mean move has been completed and I won't be posting this chart again for a while.

SPX daily 45dma chart:

SPX has tested the daily lower band, now at 4000, on each of the last two days, so has started a possible daily lower band ride. If that is to continue then that will need a test again today. The 3sd lower band is at 3913 which now puts the H&S target in the 3910 area in range.

SPX daily BBs chart:

Possible RSI 14 and RSI 5 buy signals are brewing here on the hourly chart on SPX and most of the other US indices, and everything looks short term oversold, so we could see a rally attempt here. If so the first obvious resistance is at the 50 hour MA, currently at 4040.

SPX 60min chart:

The H&S on SPX broke down with a target in the 3910 area, and I'm not seeing anything to suggest that target won't be reached, but again there is positive divergence on the 15min chart with a fixed RSI 14 buy signal suggesting a rally attempt here.

SPX 15min chart:

On NDX, which has broken down with a target in the 11940 area, I was a bit concerned when I found a possible bull flag channel yesterday morning, but that broke down intraday yesterday so that potentially bullish setup is gone. NDX still looks like it may need a rally though. 

NDX 15min chart:

Normally at the end of the month the last day of the month leans bearish and the first day of the month leans bullish. That's not the case at the end of August though, with the last day of the month leaning 61.9% bullish and Thursday and Friday this week leaning mildly bearish. I am definitely wondering about a possible rally attempt today so we'll see how that goes.

My next post should be on Friday before the open.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Backtesting 4200

I had my final divorce hearing this week and that is settled and done. It was a strange sight, lawyers really do strain at gnats and swallow camels. I do wonder how often anything resembling justice is seen in these places and whether, if seen, it happens by chance. I'm glad to be done with it and plan never to return.

In my last post I was laying out the obvious options for this week, and we saw the confirming close below the daily middle band, SPX did go down to the 4120 area as I suggested would be ideal if an H&S was to form and we saw the rally in the last two days that may have largely formed the right shoulder on that possible H&S.

On the 45dma chart I'm expecting to see at least a near miss of the 45dma on this retracement, so it is unlikely to complete here and wherever this current rally goes it is likely to be forming a topping pattern to go lower.

SPX daily 45dma chart:

SPX broke back above the daily middle band, currently at 4187 at the close yesterday. That is inviting a possible rejection back below today. If seen that would be bearish and favor the H&S scenario. If we see a close back above today that is modestly bullish, but mainly here I'm watching the 5dma.

SPX daily BBs chart:

On the SPX 5dma, currently at 4167, we also saw a closing break back above yesterday, and as the decline into 4119 was over 2% from the rally high, that puts SPX back on the Three Day Rule. That rule states that if SPX delivers a clear break back below the 5dma on the second or third day, so today or Monday, then the prior low at 4119 will be retested. This rule has fixed and delivered eight times so far in 2022 and is VERY reliable. If the low at 4119 is retested then the H&S will have completed and started to break down.

SPX 5dma chart:

Possible H&S patterns are forming on all of SPX, NDX, IWM and Dow, though the Dow version is lower quality. A sustained break below 4119 on SPX would look for an H&S target in the 3920 area.

SPX 15min chart:

There are two possible H&S necklines on NDX, and I will be choosing which to use depending on the height of the right shoulder, but it will be a decent quality pattern either way.

NDX 15min chart:

I'm leaning towards the H&S scenario here, but it wouldn't take a lot to change that. A fill of the breakaway gap on SPX from 4228.48 would be bullish. A conversion of the daily band back to support and two daily closes above it would also be bullish. If SPX can do that the odds of a retest of the rally high at 4325.28 will increase considerably though, if seen, I'd expect that to be the second high of a double top.

I have a question for you guys this morning. Not enough people read these posts and I think they deserve a wider audience. Do you have any suggestions as to other places I could publish these? Seeking Alpha is out because they don't do pure TA there, but I'm sure there are a lot of other places I could look at. Suggestions invited and very welcome. :-)

My next post will be on Monday or Tuesday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Broken Flags

I was looking at the equity indices on Sunday, and there were decent looking short term bull flags across the equity indices. These were a good indicator for a rally high retest next but they only break up about 70% of the time. The rest of the time they break down or evolve into larger flags and these broke down.

I'm showing the SPX 15min chart below and I have marked the flag target in at about 4100. That wasn't quite reached yesterday but there is a lot of positive divergence established here and there are fixed 15min RSI 14 and RSI 5 buy signals on all of SPX, NDX, IWM and Dow. There are also hourly buy signals fixed on ES, NQ, RTY, YM, DAX and ESTX50. The odds of seeing a decent rally attempt starting in this area are high. We might see a test of the 4100-20 area on SPX first.

The rally target should either be the ideal H&S right shoulder area around 4186 SPX or, if we see a really strong rally, a possible retest of the rally high. A fill of yesterday morning's opening gap at 4218.70 would make a rally high retest at 4325.28 considerably more likely.

SPX 15min chart:

Dow almost made the flag target in the 32.9k area yesterday. No obvious H&S option here unless Dow can get closer first to either of the possible H&S necklines in the 32.7k or 32.4k areas.

INDU 15min chart:

Two daily RSI 5 sell signals fixed last week on NDX and IWM, and both made target yesterday. There is a decent possible H&S option if we see NDX rally here.

NDX 15min chart:

Looking at the SPX 45dma, this retracement is very unlikely to be finished, so if we do see rally high retests then I'd be expecting those to be the second highs of small double tops. The 45dma is now at 3991 and I'm expecting it to be in the 4025-50 area by the end of this week. This move should deliver at least a near miss backtest of the 45dma and usually a full test or break below.

SPX daily 45dma chart:

Looking at the SPX daily bands, the middle band, currently at 4164, was broken with some conviction yesterday. Obviously there is a decent chance of seeing a rally today. If we were to see a reversal candle today, ideally closing in the 4200 area or higher, that would be a rejection candle, and would greatly increase the chances of a rally high retest. If we see a confirming close below the middle band today, that would favor continuation directly downwards. 

SPX daily BBs chart:

The retracement I was looking for has started and is unlikely to have finished. If we see a break and conversion of the 45dma on SPX, then it may just be getting started.

I am looking for at least a decent attempt at a rally today, and will be watching the close today with great interest as it may tell us a lot about what we should expect to see next.

We are doing our monthly free public Big Five & Key Sectors webinar at theartofchart.net at 5pm EDT on Thursday 25th August. I will be looking at the bull flag setups on most of these as well so that should be interesting. If you'd like to attend you can register for that here or on our August Free Webinars page.

My final divorce hearing is on Wednesday and Thursday this week, so I will try to do a post on Friday morning before the open if I can. If not my next post will likely be on Monday before the open.

Friday, 19 August 2022

Rolling Over

SPX has reached a peak of 9.57% over the 45dma on this run. That's likely to be the highest reading as the 45dma is now rising significantly every day, and has risen 40 handles this week. We should now see a retracement that reaches at least close to the 45dma, now at 3971, and may go below it. Depending on the time taken to deliver that retracement I'd be leaning towards a target area 4000-50 as a very rough guide.

SPX daily 45dma chart:

I was talking about the possibility that we would see a small retracement first, then a rally high retest to re-set up the daily negative divergence on SPX and that's looking promising, with decent looking bull flags now formed on the equity indices. As these have made lower lows overnight, I'm showing you this on ES.

ES Sep 60min:

Not all the daily negative divergence was lost on the last move up last week. A possible RSI 5 sell signal is still brewing on NDX and one has fixed on IWM.

IWM daily chart:

There is a possibility that we don't see a high retest, and that H&S patterns have been forming here instead. That's best shown on the IWM 15min chart. I'm leaning towards the high retest about 70/30, but there is a possible setup to head down directly.

IWM 15min chart:

The RSI setup is also mixed on the FAANG stocks & sector ETFs. The chart below is AMZN where both RSI 14 and RSI 5 daily sell signals have already fixed. Others like AAPL could still use a high retest to re-set up daily negative divergence, but some look ready to go now. 

AMZN daily chart:

Equity indices are likely making at least a short term high here, so the question is how far that will go. If we are in fact setting up for a high retest playing out the bull flags all across the indices then we would likely see a fairly modest retracement into the 3900 - 4100 area before continuing higher.

Purely on the pattern setup here I am leaning towards at least an attempt to retest the all time highs, but the economic backdrop isn't promising and that may fail. If we do see that high retest I would be leaning towards that being the second high of a large double top before a likely move lower than the low made so far in 2022.

Is it possible that SPX is starting a big new bull move here? I'm doubtful but anything is possible in the markets. I would note that the big bull run in 1970-3 took place in a stagflationary economic setting. Overall in the 1970s though the market was heading sideways, and dropping significantly in real terms, so any big bull move would likely be short-lived.

We are doing our monthly free public Big Five & Key Sectors webinar at theartofchart.net at 5pm EDT next Thursday 25th August. I will be looking at the bull flag setups on most of these as well so that should be interesting. If you'd like to attend you can register for that here or on our August Free Webinars page.

My next post will likely be on Monday or Tuesday before the open.