Just a very quick post this morning as I needed to take my daughter to the orthodontist and only got back a few minutes ago.
A rare day yesterday with a strong decline sustained into the close, rare in itself but very rare on FOMC day. The wind may be changing. The bulls had to break back up over the middle band and totally failed to do that.
This break back below the SPX daily middle band delivers two downside targets. The first is possible range support in the 1990 area, with the daily lower band just below it at 1987. If that fails then the obvious next target is the 50% fib retracement of the move up from 1820,l and that is at 1957. SPX daily chart:
If it’s true, I’d say bonds are (finally) positioned for a meaningful, sustained fall. I am particularly interested in the similarity of price action vis-a-vis the long-term Fibonacci fan lines.
The social media fund, symbol SOCL, has an interesting relationship with its Fibonacci retracement levels. Its current position suggests weakness ahead next week for this sector.
SPX closed back over the 5 DMA yesterday and unless a war starts in the next few minutes, looks likely to gap up hard at the open today. Bulls need a green day today to confirm a likely retrace low and after that SPX should be off to the races for the rest of December. If this is a true breakaway gap then the opening gap today will not fill. Daily middle band resistance is at 2045. SPX daily 5DMA chart:
This is a fast and short post as I have to go out soon and won’t be back until a couple of hours after the open.
Obviously my falling channel broke down on Friday and the 2019 support area was broken with very high conviction, with SPX close to a test of the 50 DMA at the close. Both SPX and ES hit the 3 SD (standard deviation) daily lower band at the lows (the normal bands are 2 SD bands), and I’ve been compiling stats for those at the weekend. I’m not all the way through that as there is a lot of data to crunch through, but I have a good feel for the historical probabilities for today from that.
First though I would note that the SPX low on Friday was at 2002.33, just above the November low at 2001.01. SPX has only broken the November low in December in nine years since 1970, mostly in bear markets, and hasn’t managed it at all in the last ten years, so that is strong support until it is broken in trading hours. If that support holds then we won’t see more than a test of the SPX low today before the Xmas rally begins. (more…)