Unfinished Business

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Yesterday was one of the lowest volume days of the year, and today was not an exciting day. This isn’t unusual just before a holiday weekend, though it’s rare to see much slowdown before Thursday. Yesterday I mentioned two levels that were unfinished business that might well need to be completed on NQ and TF. The unfinished business on TF was the test of the IHS target and monthly pivot at 1386, and that was hit this morning. The unfinished business on NQ was at the full retest of the all time high at 2427, and that was hit at the high this afternoon. I now have no open pattern targets above, apart from a weak possible alternate IHS target on NQ at 2746.

The obvious next move here is a reversal back down. The setup is all there and if this was a bullish setup I’d be taking out a second mortgage on the farm to add to my longs. As a bearish setup I like it a lot, but is obviously reliant on the bears showing us something to show they are still with us in more than spirit.

The important trend support levels on SPX below are at the daily middle band at 2390, the 5dma and 2389, and the 50 hour MA at 2387. Bears need to break that band of support and convert it to resistance to demonstrate that they are still in the game here. If they can manage a sustained break below then the next obvious targets would be possible double top support at 2322 and then rising wedge support in the 2280 area.

SPX daily chart:

170524 SPX Daily

An RSI 5 sell signal has fixed on the hourly chart. SPX 60min chart:

170524 SPX 60min

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ES still likely topping out. The RSI triangle broke up and made target at 70 (on RSI), A possible 60min sell signal is still brewing and first strong support at the weekly pivot at 2390.5 is a strong match with the 2387-90 key support band on SPX. ES Jun 60min chart:

170524 AM ES Jun 60min

NQ has made the IHS target and has no further unfinished business above. A 60min sell signal fixed yesterday and I’m looking for reversal back down. NQ Jun 60min chart:

170524 AM NQ Jun 60min

TF made the unfinished business at the IHS target and monthly pivot test at 1386.7 and rejected there to break down through wedge support. This high should be in, barring a possible retest of today’s high as part of a topping process. TF Jun 60min chart:

170524 AM TF Jun 60min

I’m concerned about the low volume and approaching holiday for this setup, particularly as bears have a history of performance issues and failing to get it down, so to speak, when the moment of truth arrives. We’ll see how they manage here. It is a nice setup, and the reservations I had yesterday about obvious unfinished business above have been sorted out at the NQ and TF highs today

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