Trading Update: Tuesday April 5, 2022
Emini pre-open market analysis
Emini daily chart
- The bulls were able to get a strong bull close yesterday, which reversed most of the March 31 bear bar. Bears want second failed breakout.
- Yesterday increases the odds that the market will go at least a little bit higher.
- The bulls are hopeful they can get another strong bull close today; however, more likely, the bulls will be disappointed.
- The bulls are trying again to break above the February high (4577.5). The bulls will probably fail. However, the market is in a trading range, and there are magnets above, such as the November 2021 – December 2021 trading range midpoint (4,668), and the market may have to reach this.
- Traders will pay close attention to see if today will be another strong bull bar or if the bears will be able to disappoint the bulls by getting a bear close today (more likely).
- The bears hope today will close on its low, setting up a second failed breakout of the February high, increasing the chances of a selloff back to 4,400 round number and the March 3 high.
- Overall, the rally up to March 29 was parabolic and climactic, which means two legs down are likely. If March 31 was the first leg down, traders would expect a second leg down, which means yesterday’s bull bar may just be a pullback that will lead to a second leg down, possibly testing 4,500 big round number.
Emini 5-minute chart and what to expect today
- Emini is down 8 points in the overnight Globex session.
- The market went sideways for most of the overnight session and had a strong climactic rally around 12:00 AM PT.
- The bull breakout failed, and the market got sucked back into the sideways trading that happened before the bull breakout (final flag). Since 12:00 AM PT, the market has been always in short and in a tight bear channel.
- The bears hope this will lead to more bear trending price action in the U.S. day session.
- Overall, traders should be open to the possibility of a trend from the open in either direction. However, traders should expect sideways trading.
- As always, traders should wait for a strong breakout with follow-through clearly breaking out of support or resistance. Otherwise, traders should wait for a credible stop entry, such as a double bottom/top or a wedge bottom/top.
- On the open, there will often be a lot of failed breakouts and fast-moving bars. This can cause traders to get trapped in the wrong direction and take a big loss early in the day, making it difficult to recover from it.
- If one has difficulty in the open, one thing to consider is waiting for 6-12 bars before doing anything. While you will occasionally miss trends from the open moves, it will keep one from getting whipsawed by reversing back and forth.
Yesterday’s Emini setups
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EURUSD Forex market trading strategies
EURUSD Forex daily chart
- The EURUSD has three consecutive bear bars, with two closing near their lows.
- The market is probably back to Always in Short. The bears hope that these three bear bars are strong enough that the market will have a second leg down, which is likely since it is also a wedge bear flag.
- The market is at the March 29 low, where some bulls will buy; however, after three consecutive bear bars, most bulls will not be all that eager to buy until there is a second leg down.
- The bears hope they have enough momentum now to get a downside breakout and reach the low close in March or even break below March.
- Overall, the bears need to get more follow-through, further convincing traders that the market is going lower.
- Right now, the bears have a shot at getting a bear breakout to the downside and testing the lows of March. The market is in a trading range, though, which means that there is a greater risk of the bears getting disappointed.
- The bears could become disappointed if the bulls have a strong bull close today and after the market has a second leg down testing the lower 1/3 of March. This would make traders more hesitant to sell at the bottom of the March range.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
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End of day summary
- The market opened with a gap down, and the rally tested yesterday’s high. The rally was in the form of two legs.
- The bears got a huge bear bar around 7:10 PT. This bear bar was a surprise and big enough to lead to a swing down for several hours.
- Because of the size of the bear bar the market went the market only went down for two small legs around 7:40 PT before reversing up to the moving average of 7:55 PT.
- Although the rally up to 7:55 PT was strong, it was not as strong as the self-off that happened 9 bars ago at 7:10 PT. Often when you get a huge breakout bar, the market will have a deep pullback soon after the breakout, as it did on the rally at 7:55 PT.
- The bulls tried to get a higher low major trend reversal at 8:30 PT but failed, and the bears got a bear channel down to 9:30 PT.
- The selloff to 9:30 PT was climactic with several consecutive sell climaxes, so the odds favored a bounce up. The channel down to 9:30 PT was tight, so the odds were any bounce would be minor, and the market would have to go sideways.
- The bulls ended up breaking above the moving average at 10:00 PT. However, the rally was a parabolic wedge that led to a selloff back down to the lows around 9:30 PT.
- The market tried to form a higher low major trend reversal around 11:45 PT, but the signal bar was big and in the upper portion of a tight trading range. The signal bar was also right below the moving average, which is not a great area to buy.
- The 11:45 PT higher low significant trend reversal failed and led to a two-legged selloff.
- Today was a great reminder of the importance of waiting for a decisive trendline break and retest when you have a tight channel.
- Also, most major trend reversals are minor and not major. This means that most major trend reversals go sideways, so it is important to expect that going into those trades.
- Lastly, when the market is forming lower highs and lower lows, it is trending and can trend down for a long time like it did today.
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