Emini and Forex Trading Update:
Wednesday April 24, 2019
I will update again at the end of the day.
Pre-Open market analysis
Yesterday was an extremely strong bull trend after a 6 day pause in the bull trend. Its high was about 16 points below the all-time high.
The bears had a credible minor top last Wednesday. Yesterday broke far above that high. Because the size of yesterday’s trend was a surprise, the odds favor at least a small 2nd leg up within a few days. It might come today. If so, today could break to a new all-time high.
Because yesterday was climactic on the 5 minute chart, there is a 75% chance of at least a couple hours of sideways to down trading today that begins by the end of the 2nd hour.
Overnight Emini Globex trading
The Emini is unchanged in the Globex session. It will probably open within yesterday’s 4 hour trading range. The day after a huge day is often a small trading range day. A trading range day has at least one small swing up and one small swing down.
The all-time high is only 16.25 points above yesterday’s high. That is within reach today. However, yesterday’s 4 hour trading range means that the bulls are exhausted. They therefore might wait a few days before buying aggressively again and getting a new high.
Can today be a big trend day? After yesterday’s 4 hour tight trading range and with the all–time high not far above, today will probably not be another big bull day. With the all-time high an obvious magnet above and with yesterday’s strong momentum up, today will probably not be a big bear day. The bulls and bears will both probably be cautious. This increases the chance of a smaller day today with legs up and down.
EURUSD Forex market trading strategies
The EURUSD daily Forex chart has been in a trading range for 5 months and a triangle for 1 month. This is the longest trading range in 2 years and therefore the odds favor a breakout soon.
Trading ranges always look bearish when the market is near the bottom and bullish near the top. However, they could not continue if either side had a significant advantage. Consequently, traders will continue to bet on reversals until there is a clear breakout. They typically want to see consecutive closes above or below the range before they will switch to trend trading.
Overnight EURUSD Forex trading
The EURUSD 5 minute Forex chart has been in a 30 pip range overnight. In addition, it is within yesterday’s range. Because it is testing the low of the 5 month range, traders are prepared for either a reversal or a breakout. Either could lead to a big trend day.
More likely, today will continue to be quiet. The bulls will try to get the day to close above the open. It would then be a bull inside bar on the daily chart. In addition, it would form a micro double bottom with yesterday’s low. This would be a buy signal for a reversal up from the bottom of the 5 month range.
The bears always want the opposite. Not only do they want a bear day on the daily chart, they would prefer to get the day to close on its low. Today would then be a sell signal bar on the daily chart. This would increase their chance of breaking below the 5 month range tomorrow. They then would hope for a series of bear days over the next few weeks.
Because today so far is small, traders are probably looking at it as a potential buy or sell signal bar for tomorrow on the daily chart. The bulls will buy dips and try to get the day to close near the high. The bears will sell rallies and try to get the day to close near its low. While a breakout could come today, it is unlikely with the bars and range as small as they are.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
End of day summary
Today was a small trading range day after yesterday’s strong bull trend day. There were expanding triangle tops and bottoms. The bulls see today as a buy signal bar for tomorrow. However, the bears see it as a sell signal bar for a failed breakout.
But, when a breakout is as big as yesterday’s was, there is typically at least a small 2nd leg up. Consequently, there are probably buyers not too far below today’s low.
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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