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Onwards And Downwards

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From Springheel Jack: It’s been a while since my last post and my apologies for that. It has been an intense summer of medical treatments for my wife, exams and results for my children, computer upgrades and so on. I’ve been feeling somewhat drained.

However the market has so far avoided being as tedious as it often is at this time of year, and, if I’m not much mistaken, then the next leg down on equities has started this morning from a short term reversal setup that is really one of the nicest that I have seen in quite a while. I was going through that in detail across SPX, ES, NQ, RTY, DAX and ESTX50 in the video below before the open this morning.

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A Decent Start

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SPX delivered some wild moves this week, helped along by the White House Staff’s ongoing failure to gain control of the President’s twitter account, but at the end of the week SPX has reached the obvious first target at a test of the 2915 support area, and there is a short term inflection point here. This is the retest of the late June low, just above a big open gap from 2889.67, and is a possible H&S neckline area. If SPX was to rally from here the ideal right shoulder high would be in the 2964 area, and that would set up a possible H&S that on a sustained break down would look for the 2800 area, with obvious serious support on the way at rising wedge support, currently in the 2870 area.

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Topping Out…….. Probably

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In my premarket video this morning for daily video service at theartofchart.net I was saying that until demonstrated otherwise I was expecting to see all time retests on ES and NQ before a possible swing high (and potential significant top). That high retest is at 3027.75 on ES and the high today so far has just missed that by 2 handles so far. That full test is likely needed before the turn. There is a very nicely formed nested double top setup formed on ES and SPX and that just needs a decent turn down to set the next move in motion.

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Daily Sell Signals Brewing

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In my post last Friday I was talking about the likely retest coming of the new all time high on SPX (and ES), and how that should set possible daily RSI sell signals brewing on SPX (and ES). We saw that ATH retest and marginal new ATH this morning and I am now looking for a high. It is possible that SPX/ES might go a bit higher but I wouldn’t expect much higher and I’d note that there is already a decent quality double top setup here and that on a sustained break below 2964 the double top target would be in the 2923 area.

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Coming Into The High Window

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Apologies for the long delay between posts. My wife has been having a serious health issue including some surgery so I have been very distracted.

In my last post I was looking for another high retest, and we have seen that, with a push this week into the psychologically important 3000 area after the close on Friday. So what now? Well the next high window slipped back from late June into the middle of next week, and we are looking for a significant high, and very possibly the 2019 high, to form in this area. In the short term I’m expecting SPX to test the new ATH on ES and I have a high quality possible rising wedge trendline currently in the 3005-10 area which would be a solid match with that.

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Sometimes It’s Just a Flag

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SPX made a high early this week, broke down from a decent quality falling wedge and the obvious retracement targets were either the 38.2% or 50% retracements in either the 2840 or 2820 areas before another likely leg up.

Sometimes however any initially promising looking topping pattern evolves into a flag as the index trades gently sideways to down, and so far at least, that is what has been happening here. SPX may yet make a lower low, unless this is a triangle forming here, in which case SPX would likely test triangle support in the 2876-8 area before breaking up into a new high for June. If we are going to see a full retest of the all time high, I would expect to see that on this leg up into the next high window in the last few days of June, and then likely lower.

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The Next Inflection Points

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In my post ‘Important Support Breaks’ on 2nd May, as SPX was starting to break down after the new all time high, I was talking about the ideal retracement target at the possible H&S neckline in the 2722 March low area. SPX bottomed out yesterday at 2728 and in practical terms that target area I gave has been hit. The low from there was decent and on the chart below I have inset the tweet I put on our (subscriber only) twitter feed just after that low calling the possible nested double bottom setup with an overall target in the 2799 area, and obviously that has been playing out since and is almost at target.

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