Emini and Forex Trading Update:
Friday December 13, 2019
I will update again at the end of the day.
Pre-Open market analysis
Last week formed a pullback on the weekly chart. It was the 1st pullback in a 9 week bull micro channel. A pullback in a bull trend is a High 1 bull flag buy signal bar. The bulls triggered the weekly buy signal yesterday by going above last week’s high.
After a huge rally to just above the top of the 13 week bull channel, the Emini reversed relentlessly down. The selloff fell back below last week’s high. When there is a buy signal on a higher time frame chart, there is usually a pullback to below the entry price.
Yesterday’s Big Up, Big Down created Big Confusion. That is a hallmark of a trading range. It increases the chance of trading range price action today.
The bulls want the week to close above the top of the 13 year bull channel. More likely, today will be a trading range day and oscillate around last week’s high. In the final hour, either last week’s high or yesterday’s high (the top of the 13 year bull channel) will probably be a magnet.
Overnight Emini Globex trading
The Emini is up 6 points in the Globex session. Yesterday was a strong bull trend for the 1st half of the day. There was profit taking for the rest of the day. That created a trading range. There is no sign that the trading range price action is changing in the Globex session. Day traders will expect it to continue today.
Since today is Friday, weekly support and resistance are important. The 2 most important prices are the high of the week and the high of last week. The bears have only a small chance of the week closing on its low.
The bulls want today to trend up and have the week close on its high. However, the Emini is more likely to continue yesterday’s trading range and close well below the high and possibly back near the open of the week.
EURUSD Forex market trading strategies
The daily chart of the EURUSD Forex market finally reached the targets I have been discussing since the October 1 nested wedge bottom. The bulls got their 2nd leg up. There was a break above the bear trend line and the October high. Finally, today reached the 1.12 Big Round Number.
What happens next? At 3 months, this rally is the longest rally in 2 year bear trend. That bear trend is probably a bull flag on the monthly chart. The bulls are hoping that the 2017 bull trend is resuming.
But the bear trend that began in February 2018 was a Bear Spike and Channel. That usually evolves into a trading range. Traders expect a rally up to the start of the bear channel. That was the September 2018 high just above 1.18. They then should expect a trading range for many months after that.
Will the rally get there, or is this just a bigger bull leg in the bear channel? It does not matter because traders will trade them the same. Both will continue to have reversals every few weeks. Traders will therefore look to take 100 – 200 pip profits on legs up and down.
The monthly chart is probably in a trading range from just below 1.09 to 1.18. Traders expect that to continue for many months and possibly more than a year.
Overnight EURUSD Forex trading
The EURUSD gapped up overnight gapped above the 14 month bear trend line. On the 5 minute chart, it rallied and sold off. It is now around the open of the day.
Traders are deciding if the breakout above the targets will succeed or fail. The overnight reversal tells us that many bulls took profits. This profit taking increases the chance of sideways to down trading for a few days.
The selling over the past 3 hours has been minor. So far, today is a trading range day and it is back to the open. That increases the chance that it will remain a trading range day. Furthermore, the chart is telling us that traders are focusing on the open. They might look for scalps above and below it all day.
The bears want the breakout to fail and for the EURUSD to accelerate down. They would like the gap up to close and for the day to become a big bear reversal day. There is a better chance of that than of a big bull day because the EURUSD is at resistance and in a trading range on the daily chart. However, the overnight bars and legs have been small. A trading range day is more likely.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
End of day summary
After a climactic rally on the open, the Emini entered a trading range. The Emini has been sideways since yesterday morning’s dramatic rally on the China tariff news. Today is a weak sell signal bar for Monday.
The Emini will probably continue sideways to up for the remainder of the year. The odds are against a strong reversal down when the bull trend is this strong.
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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