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Strong Daily Lower Band Rides

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The type of very strong daily lower band ride that I was describing on Friday turned out to be exactly what we saw, so I’m taking a moment to look at that this morning as these happen on a regular basis, two to four times a year or so, and tend to behave in a very characteristic way.

Looking at the SPX daily chart below, with just the two and three standard deviation bands marked, you can see how the body of the daily candle for the last two days is roughly under the 2sd daily lower band. That is normal, though a little misleading as I was noting on Friday that these often find resistance very close to the daily lower band. It looks from the chart as though the high on Friday was well above the 2sd lower band, but that’s because the 2sd lower band declined from 4492 at the time of the high of the day, with that high just above at 4494, into 4468 at the close.

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Taking Stock

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In my post on Friday 6th August last year I was looking at a possible backtest scenario on SPX that could be setting up and I reviewed how that is looking on my first post this year, as I was thinking, and am still thinking, that backtest may well be delivered over the next few weeks.

That backtest would be of a huge resistance trendline on SPX that broke at the end of 2020 / start of 2021, and is currently in the 3850 – 3900 area. The break over that trendline may have been a break up over a rising megaphone resistance trendline with a target in the mid 6000s on SPX , but if that is the case, to confirm that target, the trendline would need to be backtested and hold into new all time highs on SPX.

Obviously the strength of this decline so far in January has surprised most, so I’d like today to review what the decline so far is telling us, and to talk about the monthly SPX chart.

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So Far So Good

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In my last post I was talking about an SPX target in the 4500 area as long as SPX stayed under the daily middle band. Since then we saw a short lived break above the daily middle band but SPX failed to convert that back to support and has delivered a new retracement low today.

I would note the open daily RSI 14 sell signal that I am expecting to reach at least the possible near miss target at 34-6 on the RSI 14 by the end of this move.

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A Big Picture Review

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In my post on Friday 6th August I was looking at a possible backtest scenario on SPX that could be setting up and I’d like to review how that is looking on my first post this year, as I think that backtest may well be delivered over the next few weeks.

That backtest would be of a huge resistance trendline on SPX that broke at the end of 2021 / start of 2021, and is currently in the 3850 – 3900 area. The break over that trendline may have been a break up over a rising megaphone resistance trendline with a target in the mid 6000s on SPX , but if that is the case, to confirm that target, the trendline would need to be backtested and hold into new all time highs on SPX.

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Choices Choices

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SPX did the lower low I was expecting in my last post and found support at the rising support trendline from the March 2020 low, as I had suggested it might.

The strong rally since then is now within striking distance of a retest of the all time high, and if seen, the normal range for the next high of 3% to 4.5% above the 45dma, now at 4598, would now be in the 4736 to 4805 range. That is particularly interesting as that range includes the retest of the all time high at the lower end and I have the main resistance trendline on SPX at the upper end in the 4800 area.

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