Market Overview: Weekend Market Update
The Emini should test 3,100. But it is in the Sell Zone. In the next couple months, it will more likely retrace about half of the 2 month rally than break to a new all-time high.
The bond futures monthly chart has consecutive inside bars after a reversal down from an extreme buy climax. Although the upside is limited, if there is a selloff, it will probably be gradual.
The EURUSD Forex market triggered an ioi buy signal this month on the monthly chart. However, it is still below the 20 month EMA, as it has been for 2 years. The bulls need strong follow-through buying next month to convince traders that the bear trend is reversing up into a bull trend.
30 year Treasury Bond futures monthly chart:
ii Breakout Mode after buy climax
The 30 year Treasury bond futures reversed down on the monthly chart at the end of March after a 3 month buy climax. It was the most extreme buy climax in the history of the bond market.
Bond futures on the weekly chart (not shown) have been in a tight trading range for 2 months. On the monthly chart, May’s high was below April’s high and May’s low was above April’s low. May was therefore an inside bar on the monthly chart.
April was also a small inside bar. There are now consecutive inside bars, which is a 2 bar tight trading range. This is an ii (inside-inside) setup, which is a Breakout Mode pattern.
Breakout Mode is both a buy and sell setup
Because it is coming late in a bull trend and after a buy climax, the upside potential is small. The bulls will have a hard time getting far above the March high.
Also, since May was a bear bar, it is a low probability buy signal bar. That reduces the chance of June being the start of a rally up to the March high. If June goes above May, it probably will not get far. The ii would then convert into a 3 month tight trading range.
Since May had a bear body, it is a good sell signal bar. It increases the chance that a reversal down will be successful.
A successful breakout means about 10 or more bars and 2 or more legs. The 1st target for a reversal down from a buy climax is the start of the buy climax. That is the January low. Since that is far below the ii, a selloff might need a year to get there.
EURUSD Forex weekly chart:
May triggered monthly ioi buy signal
The monthly chart of the EURUSD Forex market formed a huge bar in March. Its high was the highest price in the prior 13 months and its low was the lowest price in 3 years. It was an outside bar. It traded above the February high and below the February low.
April’s high was below the March high and its low was above the March low. Therefore April was in inside bar after an outside bar. Inside-outside-inside is an ioi setup, which is a Breakout Mode pattern. This week, May went above the April high. It therefore triggered a monthly buy signal.
This is not a strong setup. April had a bear body and the past 3 months were all doji bars. A breakout of a weak Breakout Mode setup has a reduced chance of starting a trend. The bulls will need a big bull bar in June to make traders believe that the May buy signal is the start of a move up to the March high.
If they do not get a strong bull bar, traders will think that the breakout will fail to convert the sideways market into a bull trend. They will assume that the monthly chart will continue sideways for at least a couple more months.
The EURUSD Forex weekly chart formed a big bull bar this week. After the strong reversal up from the March low, there was a pullback that formed a small double bottom. It was double bottom bull flag.
The rally this week is a resumption of the March reversal up. The context is good for the bulls. Traders expect higher prices next week. If next week is also a big bull bar, there would be a 50% chance it would continue up to the March high.
Monthly S&P500 Emini futures chart:
Strong entry bar after High 1 bull flag
The monthly S&P500 Emini futures chart had a big 2 bar pullback in an 11 year bull trend in February and March. But a 2 bar selloff is not enough to make a bear trend. April was a big bull bar closing near its high. It was therefore a High 1 bull flag buy signal bar.
May triggered the buy signal by going above the April high. May had a good size body and it closed near its high. It was therefore a strong entry bar for the High 1 bull flag. A strong buy signal bar and a strong entry bar make higher prices likely.
Will this rally continue up to a new all-time high? February and March formed a huge selloff. A big Bear Surprise breakout has a 70% chance of at least a small 2nd leg sideways to down. However, 20% of the time, the 2nd leg does not begin until after there is a new high.
With April and May being very strong, there is now a 30% chance that the rally will continue up to a new high without another pullback on the monthly chart.
Weekly S&P500 Emini futures chart:
V bottom rally, but losing momentum
The weekly S&P500 Emini futures chart is still rallying in a V bottom reversal since March 23, But, the rally changed its behavior 6 weeks ago.
Prior to that, the bodies of the candlestick were big. However, once the Emini reached the 20 week EMA, the bodies shrank and the tails became more prominent. That is a sign that the rally is losing momentum. It is the represents hesitation and more two-sided trading. That is the start of trading range price action.
Even though that rally has continued, that 1st doji 6 weeks ago is now a target. Once there is a selloff, traders should expect it to reach the bottom of that bar, which is around 2,700. There are reasons on the daily chart to expect the selloff to get to 2,600.
Bull leg in trading range leads to bear leg
The rally from that doji from 6 weeks ago is probably a bull leg in what will become a trading range. That means there will be a bear leg down to around the bottom of that bar. At that point, traders will say that the weekly chart is no longer in a bull trend and instead is in a trading range.
It is too early to know if this week is the end of the rally. As I discuss in the section below about the daily chart, there is an important magnet above 3,100 at the March 3 high. However, the rally is probably near the top of what will be a trading range for at least a couple months.
Daily S&P500 Emini futures chart:
2 month rally is now in the Sell Zone between 3,000 and 3,150
The daily S&P500 Emini futures chart rallied strongly this week. It broke above the 200 day moving average. It also went above 3044.25, which is 10% down from the all-time high. As long as it is above 3044.25, it is no longer in correction territory.
The next target is the one I’ve talked the most about since the March low. It is the March 3 high. That was the start of the March parabolic wedge sell climax. When a sell climax reverses, the rally usually tests the start of the sell climax. At that point, the bulls are usually exhausted and the rally evolves into a trading range.
At the March 23 low, the odds were that the bulls would need 2 – 3 legs to reach it. However, the V bottom rally is getting there without more than a 3 day pullback.
It does not have to reach it for traders to conclude the test is adequate. Also, it might go a little above it before reversing down.
But unless the bulls get a new all-time high, traders will call this rally either a leg in a 2 1/2 year trading range or a bear rally. Since it began, I have said that it is probably a leg in a trading range and that the trading range should last all year. That is still what is likely.
The sell zone is between 3,000 and 3,150
Most traders correctly believe that this rally is a strong leg in a trading range. They do not yet think it is a resumption of the 11 year bull trend. If it is part of a trading range, the 2 highest resistance levels are the 200 day moving average and the March 31 high. That means between 3,000 and 3,150.
This creates a favorable trade for the bears. If they sell in this zone and put a stop above the all-time high, they are risking 300 – 400 points. They expect a 50% pullback, which would be 400 – 500 points below their entry price. That means that their reward is greater than their risk.
The rally is still only a leg in a trading range. Therefore, the probability is that the Emini will test 2600 before it reaches a new high. They therefore are more likely to make their reward than lose their risk.
Could this week be the high? While it’s possible, picking the exact top is a low probability undertaking. This is especially true in a strong bull trend with an important magnet above. That is why traders think more in terms of a zone. They expect that the 1st top will not be the final top. But, they think the final top will not be much higher.
What happens in the Sell Zone?
It is an important level for strong bulls and bears. Both believed that the rally was going to be a bear leg in a trading range and not a resumption of the 11 year bull trend. The top of the trading range is a logical location for the bulls to take profits and the bears to sell.
But many strong bulls were surprised by how far up the rally went. Why haven’t other bulls taken profits and why haven’t the strong bears sold strongly?
The bulls are wondering if they can get a new high. They know that strong bears will be selling here and as the rally continues up to the old high. But if the bulls can get a new high, everyone will conclude that the bear case is not tenable. The Emini would then be either in a trading range or a bull trend. Until then, it is still in trading range or a bear trend.
This price level is therefore a breakout zone. Will the strong bears win and create a 50% retracement, or will the strong bulls win and get a new high? Until there is a new high, the odds favor the bears.
Good risk/reward with good probability is unusual
It is fairly unusual to find a trade where both the risk/reward and the probability are on your side. Granted, neither is strongly on the side of the bears, but they both favor the shorts now that the Emini is around 3,100. Consequently, it is reasonable for traders to consider shorting in this sell zone. The closer to the March high, the better the risk/reward.
The bulls understand the math. This area is a good level for them to take profits. They then can look to buy again between 2,600 and 2,700.
If they exit and the Emini continues up to a new high, they can always buy at a new high if the breakout is strong.
When will the rally end?
The 2 month rally is still probably just a strong bull leg in a trading range. Traders expect that there will eventually be a bear leg in the range before there is a new all-time high.
The rally is very strong. Traders will bet that reversals down will not get far or last long. Every selloff for 2 months has reversed back up within 3 days.
A bull trend often has to transition into a trading range before it reverses down. Therefore, even if this week is the end of the rally, the Emini could go sideways for several weeks before clearly trending down. By the time traders conclude that the top is in, the selloff will probably be more than half over.
How far down will a reversal go?
When there is a reversal, the 1st target traders mention is a 50% pullback. That is currently around 2600.
Also, many institutions pay attention to the 50, 100, 150, and 200 day moving averages. The Emini broke above the 200 day this week. If it reverses down, traders will expect a test of the 50 day moving average. That is currently just below 2800.
Another target is the bottom of the most recent leg up. That is the May 14 low of 2760. It is at the bottom of a month-long trading range. That trading came late is a bull trend. It is therefore a potential Final Bull Flag. A reversal down from the breakout above a Final Bull Flag typically tests the bottom of the flag.
I mentioned that the Emini closed above 3044.25 this week. That means it was no longer in correction territory, which is a selloff of 10% below the high.
Another important pullback is 20% down from the high. When the Emini is below that, it is in a bear market. That price is 2706.00 and it is another magnet.
The March 31 high is a breakout point and therefore a magnet below
When the market is in a trading range, the bull legs tend to go above support that seems too far to reach. The March 3 high is an example.
The bear legs often fall below support that is so far down that traders do not think it will get tested. The March 31 high is an example. The strong breakout in April was a break above that high. That is the breakout point.
There was a pullback on April 21 that did not get close to that support. There is now a gap below the April 21 low and above the March 31 high.
If a traders is looking for a support level that is much lower than what experts on TV are saying, that’s the one. Unless the Emini breaks above the all-time high, there is a 60% chance that it will fall below 2629.50 before the end of the year. As I mentioned above, that 2600 is also a 50% pullback, which is common after a strong rally.
The Emini could get there this summer. October is another month when there is often a surprisingly big selloff.
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Al, thanks as always for your ever-more-outstanding analysis, and your valuable perspectives on Covid19.
re “once the Emini reached the 20 week EMA, the bodies shrank and the tails became more prominent. That is a sign that the rally is losing momentum. It is the represents hesitation and more two-sided trading. That is the start of trading range price action”
That coincided approx. w/ 10APR close above 200 WEEK SMA, which has been followed w/ 8 weeks of price not touching that level.
So perhaps the trepidation before the 200 DAY has been more of a digestion of the weekly milestone accomplished 8 weeks ago, perhaps favoring higher prices for a longer time than might otherwise be expected.
The correction territory (of 10%) that you have mentioned. Just to clarify, it means that when the price is back above the 10% level it is no more in bear trend and back to bull trend( may be TR), and that it is one more factor increasing probabilities for bulls?
Does this definition of correction territory work generally for trends or is it applicable only for ATH/ATL?
If it works generally, then 10%, 20% and 50% are important levels for PB?
Most traders say that below 10% is a correction and below 20% is a bear market.
Since it is already above 20% down, it is not in a bear market, when using standard Wall St. terminology.
Now that it is above a 10% selloff, it is not in a correction. But, it is not technically back in a bull trend until it makes a new high. It is in a trading range.
For the stock market, 2%, 5%, 10%, 20%, and 50% are the levels most discussed.
Thanks for the measured move on the daily chart.
Thank you for your weekly review again!
These few days you have mentioned “correction territory”. Could you explain more about the implication of it?
Also for sell zone between 3000-3150, usually how to determine it? Is it only using the 200days moving average and the high of 3 Mar? Any other way to identify a sell zone/buy zone?
In a trading range, traders look for the highest resistance as a possible top and the lowest support as a possible bottom.
They also look at 50% retracements. If a move goes beyond 50%, they then look for reversals near the most recent major high and low.
In this case, the 200 day moving average is important to institutions and it is far above low. They see it as resistance, and therefore it is a sell area.
I think that the March 3 high is very important. I have talked about that regularly since the March low. The 2 prices are near enough to one another to create a zone where traders will begin to sell.
The opposite is true once we sell off. I talked about downside targets. The lowest ones will be in a buy zone.