Posted 8:05 am PST.
The most important price action in the Emini in today’s intraday report is failed opening trend reversal attempt by the bulls, and then the double top bear flag. Today’s gap up open formed the second leg up from yesterday’s lower low major trend reversal. The bears saw this as a big low 2 short setup (a big ABC bear flag), and are looking for a trend down to below yesterday’s low. It is a bear trend day at the moment.
On the open, the bulls had a triangle above the moving average, which created an opening reversal buy setup above the moving average, but the upside breakout and follow-through were weak. The bears then got a double top bear flag, which led to a second leg down from the failed breakout on the open above yesterday’s high.
The Emini is now always in short and day traders will sell rallies. However, the day still might end up as a trading range day, just like yesterday. The strong bear breakout should have at least a little more down after a bounce, but it is the second leg down in a possible trading range day or trending trading range day. Until there is a strong breakout below yesterday’s low, many traders will treat today as a trading range day.
After a strong bear breakout like this, the bulls will wait for either a second entry buy or for a strong reversal up. Bears will sell for any reason until the bulls take control. The stock market might form an endless pullback back up to the upper range, it might create a major trend reversal bottom, or it might form a bear flag and then get a bull breakout. Until the bulls take control, the odds favor more sideways to down. Since the Emini stalled at yesterday’s trading range bottom, today might end up as a trending trading range day. The bears need to do more to create a strong bear trend day. If the Emini forms a lower trading range, it might decide between trend resumption down and trend reversal up late in the day.
The stock market yesterday had a strong reversal up from a lower low major trend reversal so the odds favored a second leg up today, which the Emini had with its gap up open. Most successful reversals from major trend reversals usually end up creating big trading ranges instead of actual trend reversals, and that is what is likely to happen here. Bull day traders want the Emini to get above Monday’s lower high at 1937.50 as a sign that the bear trend has ended and has evolved into a trading range. Remember, a bear trend needs lower highs and lows, so if the market begins to go above prior lower highs, it is probably no longer in a bear trend. Bear day traders want a lower high or at least a double top there, with the creation of a double top bear flag.
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