SPX overshot Friday’s initial downside target of the SMA20/SMA50 levels, but bounced back to the SMA10 as expected just prior to the close.
USDJPY continues to bounce around south of the key .618, and fell right to the purple .886 at Friday’s close. It dipped below yesterday, but bounced back above overnight.
Last night’s high helped legitimize the falling red channel, but it must still be taken with a grain of salt. As sloppy as it looks, we’ve seen too many bounces back into the rising white channel to discard that bullish trend just yet.
And, that’s the big question, isn’t it? Whether or not the ECB will finally begin QE in earnest. They’ve certainly talked it to death, and the MSM has dutifully reported even unsourced rumors as fact — much to the algo-driven markets’ delight.
We won’t know until the 22nd. And, since nothing else matters near as much as what central banks might or might not do, we should continue to see this pattern of consolidation continue.
Targets coming up…
As I was generating a chart reiterating our second downside target from Friday, SPX just plunged to reach it.
Our 2046 target and the most interesting looking channel are seemingly at odds. Perhaps a bounce at the SMAs and sideways for a while — ping ponging with the SMA10? We’ll see. One strong scenario would be a dip to the target we mentioned yesterday: the gap at 2029.61. It’s roughly the purple .382 and would be a nice head fake.
We’ll find out shortly whether or not it’s a head fake. I suspect SPX might be in for a tag of the .618 at 2019, but the gap is closed. So, we could get a bounce at any time.
USDJPY plunged quickly, but is holding above the recent lows. If it bounces off those lows, SPX should bounce up and backtest the moving averages (2045ish) at least. If it continues to flesh out the falling red channel…look out below.
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