Friday Morning Market Update

The near-term trend remains on a sell signal/bearish. Based on both the extended length of the previous bullish (green) trend as well as the scope of the bearish rising wedge that prices recent broke down below, I continue to expect AT LEAST a backfill of the 10/22 -10/23 gap.


These little squiggles only represent where a reaction is expected. I define a reaction as a bounce or pause/consolidation. With prices closing right at the top of that gap yesterday, we essentially have that "reaction". As I type in pre-market, the Q's are trading slightly below that level so they will either most likely either recover the top of that gap before or shortly after the open, in which case I could see a rally that might go as high as the 113ish level and if not, prices will likely continue lower towards the bottom of the gap (my preferred scenario), as gaps are often backfilled.

Now assuming that we do a get a gap backfill, that is where it gets interesting. Even all but the most ardent bulls would most likely welcome a gap backfill, as that would help to alleviate the recent overbought conditions plus, as I stated, gaps are commonly backfilled. Therefore, a bullish scenario would be a backfill of that gap followed by a reversal & the $NDX blasting off to new highs in the comings days/weeks.

Should prices move much below the bottom of that gap, more than just a relatively brief & minor overshoot, which is more than common when gaps are backfilled, that would be a bearish technical event as it would should a lack of buyers stepping in to buy the gap backfill, indicating that the supply/demand dynamics have now shifted in favor of the bears. The latter is my preferred scenario based not only on my analysis of the short-term charts but the longer-term chart & many other factors as well.

$SPX 43-17 weekly ema trend Nov 12th

$SPX 43-17 weekly ema trend Nov 12th

It is still too early to engage this market aggressively short IMO but with each break of support, assuming that these bearish rising wedge pattern breakdowns on the $NDX & $SPX continue to play out, the strong the bearish case becomes...and rather quickly at that. Keep in mind that 43/17 weekly ema trend chart that I posted here the other day. Barring a very strong close on the $SPX today, that very reliable intermediate to long-term trend indicator will have failed on this week's attempt at a bullish cross (the 17-ema had crossed back above the 43-week ema earlier in the week). Such failed breakouts or golden crosses on ema pairs are often followed by very sharp selloffs (just glance at how strong the price moves in the $SPX were following the previous "kisses" of this ema pair in the past).

2017-03-08T21:20:10+00:00 Nov 13, 2015 9:25am|Categories: Equity Market Analysis|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


  1. Shambo November 13, 2015 9:56 am at 9:56 am

    Thanks Randy. Its good to think about and plan what we will do at the bottom of the gap. Since I’m generally at the computer watching the market during the day, I will probably close most of my short positions if it looks like we’re getting a bounce there, then take them back. But I do think a bounce will be short lived and we’ll continue lower.


    • rsotc November 13, 2015 10:19 am at 10:19 am

      Another option with your QQQ or other shorts would be to lower stops or trailing stops once/if we approach that gap. See my recent FL post for the example that I just outlined. Some of the most powerful moves in the market or a stock come when everybody is expecting one thing (in this case, a reversal at the bottom of the gap) but the opposite happens (prices continue lower). Sort of like how when a bullish or bearish chart pattern breaks in the opposite direction that was anticipated or the sharp moves that almost always follow a false breakout of a chart pattern.


      • Shambo November 13, 2015 10:34 am at 10:34 am

        you’re right! Look at FL. I did fine selling yesterday but would have gotten another 5% today! But I traded it for the FB and TSM and the drugstore starters, so still about the same level short.


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