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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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Choices, Choices

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One way of looking at markets is as a succession of inflection points or probability forks, at which there are generally a higher and lower probability option which, once taken, take the markets to the next in that series, either eliminating or significantly changing the paths not taken at that inflection point.

We’ve been looking for one of those inflection points to happen at about this time, and in about this area, and that is likely to be resolved over the coming week, so in this Memorial Day post I’ll be looking at that and what the shorter and longer term implications of the direction taken from that on SPX.

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Three Day Rule Target At 2801 Retest

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SPX broke back over the 5dma last Thursday and that put SPX back on the Three Day Rule, which is that after a decline of more than 2% followed by a break back over the 5dma, then SPX must hold above the 5dma the next two daily closes. If SPX fails to manage that then the retracement low (2801) should be retested before the initial high before the decline (all time high). The close on the third day on Monday was a clear break back below the 5dma. That low retest would normally be soon after the break and this a very strong stat, so I am looking for that 2801 retest.

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X Marks The (Ideal) Spot

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Before the open this morning I was cautiously predicting that ES would rally today to a higher high than yesterday, ideally failing today at a high in the 2865-9 area. As it happened the low of the day was happening at the time on ES, slightly before the RTH open, and ES is now testing yesterday’s high. So far, so good.

The scenario I was looking at then and now was a modest higher low and then a modest higher high to form a bear flag channel into a test of declining resistance from the highs on SPX. I have tentatively marked an X on the SPX 5min chart the ideal time and level for SPX to top out today and we’ll whether that delivers exactly in the next hour or so. If not there is some wiggle room.

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