Trading Update: Thursday December 22, 2022
Emini pre-open market analysis
Emini daily chart
- The Emini gapped up yesterday and rallied above the December 15th high. This is a sign of strength by the bulls and a warning that the pullback may be disappointing for the bears. Likely small second leg up.
- Although yesterday failed to close on its high, the bulls managed to get a close above the bar’s midpoint, which is a sign of strength and increases the odds that the bulls will have a minor higher low and at least a small second leg up.
- The bulls want to return to the December 6th breakout point low, which is also the low of the month-long trading range. Some bulls bought there, and they are likely disappointed enough to be happy to exit back at their original entry (December 6th low area).
- The bears still expect a second leg down from the December 13th selloff. If the bears are sufficiently disappointed, the pullback from the December 13th selloff could last a while.
- Some bears see the 3,900-price level as a breakeven price from the bears who sold the October breakout and higher such as the December 13th low. The bears would be sufficiently disappointed by the November-–December rally that they may be interested in exiting the entire trade around breakeven, around the 50% pullback of the two-month rally.
- The daily chart may form a large triangle, meaning the range might contract. If the daily chart is forming a large triangle, the Emini may go sideways for several months on the daily chart.
- Overall, the market will probably go sideways into end of the year, with the upside and downside being limited. The bears will try for the second leg down, and the bulls will try and close above the December 6th trading range low.
Emini 5-minute chart and what to expect today
- The Emini is down 40 points in the overnight Globex session.
- Bears have managed to get a selloff down below the trading range low that began around 9:30 AM PT following yesterday’s early morning bull breakout.
- The bears want to undo the damage caused by the bulls yesterday, and the bulls want the overnight Globex selloff to be a pullback from yesterday’s rally. They want today to lead to another bull trend day, further disappointing traders.
- As always, traders should expect a trading range day and the market to go sideways for the first 6-12 bars today. Most traders should consider not trading for the first 6-12 bars unless they are comfortable with limit order trading.
- Traders can wait for a swing trade after a credible double top/bottom or a wedge top/bottom.
- Lastly, as Al often says, a trader must remember that “Price is Truth” as Al often says. This means traders must remember not to deny what the chart tells them. Traders must respond to the chart in front of them, not what they hope the market will do.
- If the day opens as a trading range, assume the market will continue as a trading range until there is a clear breakout. If the market forms a trend from the open, look to trade with the trend.
Yesterday’s Emini setups
Al created the SP500 Emini charts.
EURUSD Forex market trading strategies
EURUSD Forex daily chart
- The EURUSD is forming a tight trading range, which puts the market in breakout mode, just above the moving average.
- The market will probably get at least a small second leg down to the moving average and the
- December 12th is the bottom of the most recent leg up.
- The channel is beginning to form a clear wedge top at an obvious resistance level from the measured move-up (Purple line) based on the November 10th and 11th bull breakout.
- While the market is in a tight bull channel which is a dangerous environment to look for shorts, the market is climactic and has been away from the moving average for over 29 bars, which is extreme.
- Overall, the EURUSD is likely to pull back for a couple of legs at a minimum and get down to the moving average.
- The rally up to the December high is the first trendline breakout of the tight bear channel on the weekly chart. This increases the odds that this rally will have a deep pullback below the November 21st low, forming a higher lower major trend reversal on the weekly chart.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
Al created the SP500 Emini charts.
End of day review
- Today was a small pullback bear trend from the open that led to a late reversal above the December 20th low.
- The bears were able to get a bear breakout and follow through on the first two bars of the day, following a gap down on the open. This increased the odds that the market was Always In Short, and traders would sell betting on at least a second leg down.
- It is essential to realize that the bulls could not get two consecutive strong bull trend bars for the first 50 bars, which is a sign that the bear is very strong.
- Although the bulls could create several minor wedge bottoms during the first couple hours of the day, they only led to brief sideways pullbacks.
- Small pullback bear trends are constantly forming wedge bottoms. However, they will typically lead to just sideways price action and not a strong bull rally. This is because a small pullback bear trend is a strong breakout on a higher timeframe chart (see 15-minute chart).
- The bulls formed a wedge bottom at the low of the day, which followed a head and shoulders bottom (HSB). The market had been away from the moving average all day, and the selloff was becoming extreme. This increased the odds of a possible sharp reversal up, meaning traders should expect at least a couple of legs up, testing the moving average and the most recent lower high.
- This afternoon led to a low-probability event, however. The Head and Shoulders bottom at the day’s low should have led to a minor reversal and gone sideways around a significantly lower high. Instead, the rally continued for the rest of the day.
See the weekly update for a discussion of the price action on the weekly chart and for what to expect going into next week.
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Charts use Pacific Time
When times are mentioned, it is USA Pacific Time. The Emini day session charts begin at 6:30 am PT and end at 1:15 pm PT which is 15 minutes after the NYSE closes. You can read background information on the market reports on the Market Update page.
I am a little confused do you mean the 15th of December? On my chart it is at around 4043…
“The Emini gapped up yesterday and rallied above the December 15th high. This is a sign of strength by the bulls and a warning that the pullback may be disappointing for the bears. Likely small second leg up.”
It would appear the market rallied above the December 16th H not the 15th. Also remember the charts on this web site use only daytime (RTH) prices not the Globex prices.