Market Update



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Just a quick update this morning…

In my last post I pointed out the next two major upside targets, 1) the open gap at 2794.75 and 2) the trove of bear stops sitting just above the top of the long-term range envelope at 2818.

  1. Yesterday the gap was filled at 2795.75 and we got some selling due to profit-taking there.  Traders know that gap fills are often reversal areas on the S&P 500 futures –so that is what happened yesterday, and likely has some fingers poised and waiting above the sell button.
  2. Today we have a bounce off the short-term stop/reverse line at 2773.25

If this bounce holds,  that could bode well for the pros to ultimately push up and into the treasure trove of bear stops above 2818.

So to summarize… it’s all good for bulls above yesterday’s low at 2764.25.  A failure of yesterday’s low, however, could bring in aggressive new selling.  A new push above yesterday’s high at 2798, on the other hand, and the big stop-run target above 2818 could be a lock.

…my .02








Market Update



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Stops and Target’s Range Envelopes are great!  😎

In my last post I pointed out that a range breakout was likely coming.  Take a peek at the two images above and focus on what happened afterwards…

On 06-Feb there was a countertrend pullback alert at 2737.75.

On 08-Feb price pulled back from that signal to touch the bottom rail of the short-term range envelope.  See the green arrow () on the chart above and also the shaded yellow highlight on the Stops and Targets screen capture above the chart.  On that date, the short-term range envelope bottom rail price was then at 2685.50.  We had a pullback that poked just below to 2680.75 and then we got the bounce at the Stops and Targets short-term range envelope buy signal toward.  The next target higher at the time was the short and intermediate top rails at 2737.50.

As I type, price has achieved that initial target and now is breaking out above 2737.75.  No doubt, the pros are taking full advantage of bear’s buy-to-cover stops which were resting just above that line.

As I mentioned in my last post, the next major upside target now becomes the descending long-term (LT) range envelope top rail, which is currently at 2822.  Above that line sits the absolute mother lode of resting bear stops, which provides guaranteed buyers (as bears would be forced to cover massive short trades incurred below).

Just below the LT range envelope top rail is an open gap at 2794.75.    If this current push continues higher after the first level of bear stops are digested above 2737.75, then the open gap and LT top rail would undoubtedly be the next major upside targets.

Note that both the short-term and intermediate range envelopes have hooked higher into a bullish ‘V’ formation as new higher range tops are set and the bottom rail follows price higher (higher highs and higher lows).

The long-term range envelope is still rangebound with a bearish bias () and has yet to trend.  To do so would require the range envelope high to descend below the current long-term stop reverse line at 2782.75.

That all agrees with Stops and Target’s BULL 3 multitrend assessment shown in the top screen capture.

To keep the current configuration simple, I have shaded the two key numbers to watch on the Stops and Targets screen capture… bulls are good so long as price remains ABOVE the rising short-term range envelope bottom, which is currently at 2680.75.  The next target higher is the descending long-term range envelope top, which is currently at 2822.  Easy peasy.

The whole dynamic will change if/when price breaks under the rising short-term range bottom.  If/when that happens, the next major target lower would be the rising intermediate range envelope bottom rail, which is currently at 2567.25.  See how all of that works together?

…my .02





Market Update


Stops and Targets is currently showing the E-Mini S&P 500 Futures Option (see screen shot above) is rated BULL 3, which is the second stage of an intermediate rally within the context of a long-term bear market.  As we oscillate inside the current very small range it occasionally flips to BEAR 8, which is a short-term pullback in an intermediate bull market.  There is indecision here awaiting resolution, but that will likely change very soon as I will explain below.

Let’s take a quick look at where the market is at currently–starting from the monthly bars and then working back towards the daily bars to get a feel for all three major timeframes…



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The currently monthly bar (January) is painting as an ‘inside bar’, which means we have a lower high and higher low against December.  With two more trading days to go in January, the highest probability is to stay as an inside bar, which could set up February for the first ‘monthly buy’ signal (on a cross above the January high).

Although the market has been rallying hard from the VLT trendline bounce and Bottom Spotter at 2316.75 we still see a bearish progression of lower highs and lower lows on the monthly bars.  As mentioned in the paragraph above, that pattern could be broken with a new higher high in February–but for now, the pattern remains bearish in this timeframe until/unless we see a new monthly higher high in the future.

Note that the monthly bar chart correlates well with the Stops and Targets assessment.  It’s still a long-term bear market, but the top of the long-term monthly range has been descending (currently at 2822, down from 2951 top) as the long-term range bottom (2316.75) holds.


Next, let’s take a look at the weekly bars



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The chart above shows weekly bars, and is very interesting…

It shows the current status of The Weekly Bar Paradigm…. which, to refresh for newbies reading here, simply states that so long as new higher 4-bar pivot lows are building on the weekly chart–any pullback that dips below the last 4-bar pivot low and then crosses back above is a ‘stop sweep/reversal buy’.

The 10th instance of that very powerful paradigm, which has yielded perfect entry points since the 2009 bottom, has just occurred at the recent low with an ensuing rally back above the last higher 4-bar weekly low pivot at 2607.

The time will eventually come when price cannot recover and hold back above the last four-bar pivot low.  When that happens the glorious secular bull market that has been roaring along since 2009 will have officially ended and I will be sure to point that significant reversal out right here.

My definition of a bull market in any analysis is simply ‘higher highs and higher lows‘.  When the current secular bull ends–we will then start to experience a pattern of 4-bar weekly ‘lower highs and lower lows‘ and the same strategy in play since 2009 may work in reverse for the bears.

We can see how the recent pullback bottomed at the very long-term support trendline and then rallied for five consecutive weeks before stalling at the current week’s ‘inside bar’… which is itself an inside bar to the previous week.

The initial ‘weekly bar buy‘ signal came on a cross above 2523 (see green arrow on chart above).  The current weekly trailing stop is located just under last week’s low at 2612.50.  Note also that line is equal to the current short-term range bottom from Stops and Targets.

That line at 2612.50 is what I am focusing on right now.  Lets move next to the daily bars/range chart to see why…




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On the daily bar/range chart above you can see why the market stalled right at 2677.75 and we got the original range-top counter-trend sell alert for short and intermediate timeframes right there from Stops and Targets.

That was a perfect ‘back-kiss‘ of the broken short-term trendline support trendline (see red arrow on the chart above).  The pros often use a back-kiss of a broken trendline to be sure they have exhausted all stops on a counter-trend move.  In the current case–the stops that are under heavy pressure are those of bears who shorted at and below the trendline break on 14-Dec but then missed the huge Bottom Spotter turn at 2316.75.

Since the back-kiss at 2677.75,  the market has basically traded sideways in a very narrow range between 2612.50 and 2672.50.  That is equal to the short-term range at Stops and Targets.  See how that works?

This market is presently coiling for a momentum breakout from that very tight range–once the pros decide the time is right.

Remember what I often say here about these constricting periods of limited volatility… ‘first they bore you to tears, and then whammo!‘  The pros are distributing and/or accumulating for the next move and option players who guess right on direction can do very well once that breakout gets going.

The ‘whammo!‘ is likely incoming.  Only thing is–we don’t yet know which way the pros will take this on a breakout.  So, let’s look in both directions for some possible targets…

If they breakout to the downside of the short-term range (below 2612.50), the most likely major downside target would be the rising intermediate range envelope bottom, which is presently at 2397–but will start to rise rapidly soon.  ES 2438.50 will be the next stop higher and it will sit there for a few days before eventually leapfrogging way up to 2523.25 on or about 5-Feb and then rapidly advancing north after that date.  So, bottom line is to keep an eye on the bottom of the intermediate range envelope if this breaks bearish.

If the pros breakout to the north side of the short-term range top (above 2672.50) then we need to start watching the descending long-term range top (presently at 2822) as a next likely major upside target.  You can see on the chart above that the long-term range envelope has been descending from the Top Spotter at 2951 all the way to its present location at 2822.  The next notch down will be to 2818 and then it will stay there for some time–so for all intent and purpose, let’s just use 2818 as the next upside target if the pullback bottom is in.

So, head’s up right here inside the very small short-term trading range.  Once the pros decide to give the futures a kick in the pants–we’ll be off on the next leg toward the major range envelope targets that I have pointed out above.

…my .02



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Market Update


Yesterday, the intermediate trend flipped bullish when the top of the intermediate range envelope was broken to the upside for the first time since the Top Spotter at 2951 on 21-Sep-18.

That’s a pretty big deal if the market can continue to hold above the intermediate stop/reverse line, which is presently located at 2626.25.  

The broad market is now rated BULL 2, which is the second stage of a short-term rally.



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What makes this development particularly interesting is that for only the 10th time in the past 10 years, we have a stop sweep/reversal setup on the weekly bars.  This is what I call The Weekly Bar Paradigm, and I have been pointing out each of these setups here for years now.

With a move back above the last higher weekly four-bar pivot low at 2607, we now have the potential makings for yet another perfect entry in the secular bull market that has been impressively trucking along since the 2009 bottom.

The reason I emphasize the word ‘potential’ is because we still have 2/3 scenarios where that recent Bottom Spotter low at 2316.75 could still be tested…


Scenario One:  The correction bottom is in at 2316.75 and will not be touched again on a pullback–similar to what happened at numbered occurrences  1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 on the weekly bar chart above.


Scenario Two:  We get an eventual double bottom–similar to what happened after numbered sequences 2 and 6 on the chart above.


Scenario Three:  We get an eventual sharp reversal back below 2316.75 that fails to retake that level.


To my thinking the scenario order above represents the order of the odds going forward.  We will eventually get a pullback, of course, and a cross below the short-term stop/reverse line (currently at 2602.50) will let us know when that pullback starts.  Until then, it’s all good for the bulls.

Seriously, aren’t Stops and Target’s  Spotter Signals just flat-out amazing?  🙂

…my .02




Market Update


In the screen capture for the S&P 500 Futures from Stops and Targets above I have highlighted the current Multitrend Rating (Bull 1) explanation, with particular emphasis on the intermediate range envelope top, which is currently equal to the intermediate stop/reverse line since the intermediate timeframe has been trending bearish.  That value is currently at 2652.75, but it will decline at today’s close, likely to the daily bar high (since today’s high will be the highest high of the past four trading weeks).  As I type the daily bar high is at 2624.




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In my last post I pointed out the upcoming test of intermediate resistance–and we are now here!

The intermediate timeframe signals have been very important in the major correction that started in September.  To clear away some clutter and to make that point more obvious I have removed all of the short-term and long-term signals from the second screen capture above, which is from my daily bar/range chart.


I have labeled in blue text some of the significant waypoints:

  1. Top Spotter signal at 2951 on 21-Sep-18.
  2. The next event was the first sell signal at 2874 on 10-Oct, when price broke out below the intermediate range envelope bottom.
  3. The intermediate timeframe started trending at 2873 on 8-Nov, when the range top descended below the first sell signal.
  4. An intermediate trendline break at 2618.25 on 14-Dec signaled the start of the next leg down.
  5. The Bottom Spotter at 2316.75 on 26-Dec coincided with a test of very long term trendline support.
  6. The first counter-trend buy signal came at 2434.50, also on 26-Dec.

That brings us to TODAY, where we have a simultaneous test of the key Weekly Bar Paradigm line at 2607 and a perfect back-kiss (so far) at 2624 of the extended intermediate trendline support that was broken on 14-Dec.  A back-kiss occurs when price touches the underside of a previously broken trendline.  That is where the pros often run price on a bounce to guarantee that all bears who shorted the trendline break are in a negative profit position (to run bearish buy-to-cover stops and create guaranteed buyers).

This is the area where we can start to get a feel for either the start of a pullback leg from a touch of intermediate resistance (once bearish stops are run)–or alternatively, a major upside range envelope breakout that will flip the intermediate stop/reverse line bullish.  Trending markets officially reverse when the range envelope is broken.

We have seen lower highs in the intermediate range envelope since the original Top Spotter alert way back on 21-sep-18.  Today (at the close) will be the first time that the intermediate range envelope top rail has been touched since the top.

…so HEAD’s UP!

…my .02