The Emini gapped up to the top of the 60 minute bear channel. The 1st 3 bars were bull bars and formed a Trend From The Open bull trend. Because the bars were not big, the bulls were somewhat hesitant. Also, the Emini is overbought on the daily and 60 minute charts. Yet, overbought is not enough for the bears. They need to create a reversal, and the Emini can become much more overbought before the bulls begin to take profits.
While today could be a big bull trend day, the daily chart is overbought and the rally of the past 3 days lacked big bull trend bars. This reduces the chances that today will be a big bull trend day.
Because today is overbought and yesterday was a small day, today could become a bear trend day and an outside down day. The bears need a series of bear bars or one or two big bear bars before traders will think this is likely.
With yesterday being mostly sideways and today not moving up or down much on the open, today will probably have a lot of trading range price action again. This is true even if it is a trend day up or down.
At the moment, the Emini is trying to reverse down to test yesterday’s high and close the gap. If the bears are successful, they will they try to create a bear trend day and an outside down day. Because the initial selling lacked follow-through, the odds are against a strong bear trend day. At the moment, the Emini is Always In Short, but the bears need consecutive big bear bars before traders will believe that today will be a bear trend day.
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While the S&P cash index finally broke to a new all-time high yesterday, the Emini closed just below its midpoint. As a result, yesterday is a sell signal bar for the Expanding Triangle top that I mentioned over the weekend. Because the 3 week rally is in a tight bull channel, the bears will probably need a 2nd sell signal. Yesterday was the first. Therefore, the probability is that there will be more buyers than sellers below its low.
While a trend reversal can happen at any time, this is a low probability sell setup. A low probability sell setup can create a reversal if it leads to a big bear bar. Furthermore, it can reverse down if there is a series of 3 or more small bear bars closing on their lows. Without at least a micro double top, the odds of this are low. Therefore, any reversal probably be minor and part of a bull flag.
60 minute wedge top
There is still room to the top of the wedge bull channel on the 60 minute chart. The line is rising and it will be around 2145 on the open today. It is a resistance level. As a result, bulls will probably take some profits there and bears will begin to sell, at least for scalps.
The Emini is up 10 points in the Globex market, and it will probably gap up today. While the bulls do not have a big bull trend bar for its breakout to a new all-time high in the cash index, they still can create a strong breakout. They will be successful if they can form a series of small consecutive bull bars closing near their highs. The bears will try to prevent this strong follow-through buying.
While yesterday was a sell signal bar on the daily chart, today will probably trade above its high. It might not trade below the low to trigger the sell signal. However, a gap up in an overbought market often leads to a reversal down. If that happens, today could be an outside down day and trigger the sell signal later in the day buy trading below yesterday’s low. That would create a micro double top. It would also probably stop the current rally for a few days.
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On June 24, I mentioned that the EURJPY daily chart had a big bear breakout. I said that it was more likely an exhaustive sell climax than a measuring gap. I said that the chart would probably enter a trading range that could last a month or more. This is what is happening.
Because an exhaustion gap is more likely than a successful bear breakout, there is a 60% chance that the EURJPY will rally to the June 24 sell climax high before it falls for a measured move down based on the height of that bar. While the bears still might get one more push below the June 24 low before the rally, the odds still favor the rally.
EURUSD Forex chart
The daily chart of the EURUSD is unchanged. It is still in a trading range, and most days will be mostly small and sideways. The overnight range was 40 pips, which means that traders are still scalping. While the odds are slightly better for the bulls over the next month, the probability is that most days will be small, trading range days.
Summary of today’s S&P Emini futures price action and what to expect tomorrow
The Emini gapped up to a new high, pulled back, and then rallied today. While today was sideways for 4 hours, the Emini still closed at a new all-time high and formed another bull bar on the daily chart.
As a result of the tight trading range after a rally, the Emini is in Breakout Mode. The bulls want trend resumption up and the bears want trend reversal down tomorrow. The Emini finished Always In Long so the odds favor the bulls again tomorrow.
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.