If it seemed like yesterday’s post was interrupted midstream, it was. I ran into server/modem issues and had to switch to a backup system. Fortunately, it worked as it was supposed to, and the market essentially went nowhere for the second half of the day. We’ll recap the dramatic action of the past 24 hours and try to make some sense of the big picture — if possible.
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The eminis are indicating a big slide this morning, so we’ll play along on the short side. This comes a little earlier than expected, and the dollar has — as yet — not broken out. So, I’m inclined to look for a bounce above the previous lows.
But, the market sometimes has a mind of its own. And, as we began to discuss yesterday, there are substantial risk factors to the upside case. I just think this is a little premature.
The interesting aspect of a limited downturn here is the potential for an IH&S Pattern that targets new highs. Taking yesterday’s 1648 high and the 1646 high on Jun 4 as the neckline, I can see a pattern that targets around 1700.
A stop at the .283 of 1622 would leave fairly well-balanced shoulders. Even a bounce at the bottom of the purple channel (around the .236 at 1613) would work.
UPDATE: 9:40 AM
It’s a very confusing channel picture this morning. I would have expected a backtest of the broken white .25 line and purple .25 line intersection at the white .382 of 1632. But, the yen action overnight did a number on the equity markets, and SPX dipped much lower than expected on the opening.
Fortunately, we were able to play it correctly, and we’re none the worse for wear with the SPX likely to head back up and erase most, if not all, of this morning’s losses. At the very least, we should look for this morning’s gap to be closed.
The IH&S is a wrinkle we’ll have to deal with in terms of the forecast. But, the currency and bond markets seem to be running the show, so we’ll focus on how their recent action should affect equities. We’ll also look at one other risk factor at play: the time Fib patterns.
UPDATE: 12:40 PM
BTW, SPX just backtested the purple channel .25 line. We should see a good bounce here at 1636 (also the SMA 10) if the upside case is still intact.
UPDATE: 1:15 PM
The purple channel line isn’t holding, so I’ll revert to the short side here at 1635.75. Tight trailing stops, as this is possibly just a backtest of the white channel .75 line at the white .382 of 1632.21 or a redrawn white channel at 1629.49.
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