The bulls got a trend from the open bull trend and then began to form dojis. That is a sign that it is probably entering a tight trading range, and that it might be sideways for 2 or more hours. If so, the bulls will try for trend resumption up later in the day. The bears will look for a double top lower high major trend reversal within the tight trading range, and then a bear breakout. Although the Emini is clearly Always In Long, sideways is likely for at least a couple of hours, and the downside risk is small until after that. Then, the bears would need a strong bear breakout with follow-through. In the meantime, bulls will continue to buy, especially below bars, and the bears are starting to sell above bars. Both are starting to scalp, nd the result will probably be a tight trading range.
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S&P 500 Emini: Learn how to trade the markets when a pullback as it unfolds
The Emini bears tried to begin a 2 – 3 day pullback yesterday. Although they created a strong 60 minute breakout, they were unable to create a follow-through bar. This reduces the chances that the selloff was the start of a pullback, and the chance of one more new 60 minute high is still 50%. The strong 3 week rally had two clear pushes up, and possibly a third push. The daily chart is overbought and in a resistance zone. This makes a pullback likely. However, the bears need to do more before traders believe that a pullback is underway. They might get the necessary follow-through selling today. Without it, the odds will begin to favor one more push up before he pullback begins. If the pullback has begun, the targets are the higher lows in the 60 minute bull channel, the daily moving average, last week’s low, and the October 5 gap.
In the Globex session, the Emini has been trading sideways and is 9 points above yesterday’s close. The bears had a chance to demonstrate strength overnight. If they could have continued yesterday’s selloff and created a gap down today, that would have increased the chances that the pullback had begun. While it is still possible that the pullback is underway, the bears now need either a lower high major trend reversal on the 60 minute chart, or a strong bear breakout with strong follow-through.
The chance that the Emini continues up in a tight bull channel or has a bull breakout above the bull channel and a new leg up are about 25%. That is enough to be prepared to buy, if this happens, but the odds are against it.
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The EURUSD has been in a trading range for months and it has had many breakouts up and down, but the follow-through has been limited, as is the case within trading ranges. It had another strong bear breakout 20 minutes ago. Traders learning how to trade the markets should realize that the bear breakout bar was big enough to make it likely that there will be follow-through selling today and at least a measured move down. The bottom of last month’s trading range is 70 – 100 pips lower, and that is a reasonable target.
The bulls hope that this is just another failed breakout within the range. They need to halt the selling and then create a 60 minute reversal within the next hour or two before those who trade the markets for a living will believe that they have taken control.
I have written repeatedly over the past couple of weeks that a selloff was likely in the USDCAD. At the end of last week, I said that a reversal back up for a few days was likely. Yesterday was the 4th day up, but the bulls created a strong breakout above a 60 minute head and shoulders bottom yesterday, and there might be more buying today before there is a pullback.
The bulls are hoping that the selloff was just a bear leg in a broad bull channel on the daily chart, and there is a 50% chance that they are right. However, the 4 day rally is now at a 50% pullback from the 3 week selloff, and there are always sellers at a 50% pullback. Bulls take profits and bears begin to sell, and the rally either stalls or begins to turn back down.
The overnight trading was sideways, and the rally has been climactic. The odds are that the bull breakout above this 10 hour trading range will not get very far and that the trading range will become the final bull flag before a bigger pullback forms over the next couple of days.
The momentum up on the 60 minute chart is still strong and there is no sign of a top yet. Bulls are continuing to buy. However, the rally will probably transition into a trading range today or tomorrow, and then have a pullback for a day or two.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
The Emini tried to selloff from the breakout above the 2 month trading range, but reversed up sharply. This is bullish price action. The bulls are creating a strong follow-through bar on the weekly chart, which increases the chances of higher prices. Because the Emini is at the bottom of the 7 month trading range, a big move up or down can happen suddenly, but the bulls are now in control.
See the weekly update for a discussion of the price action on the weekly candlestick chart and for what to expect going into next week.