UPDATE: 1:30 PM
We got a bounce just below 1395 as expected, and the market is currently retesting that level. Again, if the rising wedge and our little channel hold, there is decent upside ahead. There’s a lot riding on today’s sell off for both bears and bulls.
Note the RSI TL tag (red arrow) to go along with the rising wedge lower bound test. This chart shows the yellow Butterfly pattern with inception at 1347. The 1.272 at 1421 was already tagged on Monday — which was also the .886 in price and about .86 in time of the yellow rising wedge that lies within the huge red, dashed rising wedge. This was our preferred Butterfly pattern completion.
But, as noted in All the Pretty Butterflies last week, there are two other ways of looking at this same Butterfly pattern. Starting the pattern on July 7 at 1356.48 yields a 1.272 at 1433, just beyond the rising wedge’s .886 in price (1420)…
…and a May 2 start at 1370.58 results in a 1.272 completion at 1451 — just shy of the rising wedge apex — in fact, close enough to be considered on target (within a margin of drawing error.)
I think it’s important to realize that the big, red rising wedge is still hanging out there, drawing prices higher for at least one last tag. It intersects with the apex of the yellow wedge, somewhere between 1460 and 1470 and between May 7-11 (the range results from having to consider/ignore the impact of shadows on earlier peaks and bottoms.)
Prices could conceivably stay in the rising wedge all the way there, but there are also many instances of rising wedges breaking down, only to BACK TEST TO THE ORIGINAL APEX.
Either way, if we can get through the next few days without the yellow rising wedge breaking down, we could see 1433 around the 13-15th.
If the yellow rising wedge does break down, it’s possible we’ll get back to 1433 or even 1451 on a back test.
These are precarious times, when a single initial claims report or failed Spanish bond offering could sink the market. While I’m positioned for lower prices, I’m hedging my bets because I’m concerned the bull isn’t quite done over the short term.
NYA and RUT, in the meantime, have definitely broken their rising wedges. I’ll post more on them after the close.
When SPX does break, the damage could be severe. The big red rising wedge is currently all the way down at 1180 — 15.7% below current prices.
UPDATE: 10:25 AM
The market continues to sell off, with SPX about to break 1398. Here’s a close up of the wedge and the relevant fib levels. Remember, an intra-day break of the channel isn’t nearly as important as a close beneath the lower bound (in yellow). I’m also watching the little channel that set up over the past couple of weeks, marked in red, dashed lines.
Meanwhile, VIX is getting a pretty good bounce this morning — up over 10% to an intra-day high of 17.66 and testing its falling wedge.There’s a little rising channel to match SPX’s falling channel. It breaks through the falling wedge at around 17.75. It also appears VIX is possibly tracing out either a Bat or Crab pattern (in purple) with potential point B’s at the .382 or .500.
A Bat completion would target the .886 at 20.38, while a Crab would target the 1.618 at 25.92. All contingent, of course, on whether we can break out of the wedge without merely widening it as has happened several times.
A few days ago we discussed the three Butterfly patterns we were watching, each of which was posed a legitimate level at which the melt-up should abate [see: All the Pretty Butterflies.] My favorite completed at 1421, which we reached (high of 1422.38) on Monday the 2nd.
Since then, we’ve not bested 1422. And, with this morning’s imminent sell-off, it’s possible the yellow rising wedge will break. The key will be 1396, below which we’re no longer in this smaller wedge and have downside potential to 1380 or so.
A bounce at 1396, on the other hand, means we’re likely to find our way higher. But, the narrowing rising wedge is almost done. Today, it ranges from 1396 to 1431. By this time next week, it’ll be 1410-1437 and will have reached the .886 of it’s time span (to match the .886 of its price span already reached on Apr 2.)
We’re about to find out just how much investors have been relying on the idea of QE3 for their bullishness.