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- Thursday higher if ES pivot broken over.
- ES pivot 1429.67. Holding below is bearish.
- Friday bias higher technically.
- Monthly outlook: bias uncertain.
- ES Fantasy Trader standing aside.
Today the Dow took a dump to the tune of 129 points. Surfing the daily wave of network nattering, I'm discerning a whiff of panic in the air, the being October, of course. So is this the Big One? Is the sky falling and the world about to end? Or is this just another pullback like we've seen nine times already this year? The answer is in the charts, which we will now grill until they spill their secrets.
The Dow: Let's start by giving the third degree to the Dow. Bad Dow - no profits! In fact, today's big dive broke support at 13,320 and then marched straight down through the lower BB at 13,383. The only thing that stopped the free fall was the closing bell, at 13,345. This big red marubozu also gave us a bearish RTC trigger.
And even after today's losses, we're still not quite down to oversold on the indicators. The only positive note here is that we remain in a wider rising RTC going back to June 12th. If the Dow falls under 13,261 tomorrow, we'll fall out of that one too and that would be bad indeed. For my money, that's the Dow's last stand. Nothing really cheery on this chart.
The VIX: On the other hand, here's something interesting. While the market plummeted, the VIX also fell today. While the drop from yesterday's close was small, the candle formed a decent spinning top that just nearly touched the upper BB at 16.83. And RSI turned lower today too. That makes three reversal signals. I'd say a lower VIX appears to be in the offing here.
ES daily pivot: Tonight the pivot tumbles from 1441.92 to 1429.67. With ES virtually flat in the overnight, so far at least, that now puts us less than four points below the new pivot, within striking distance. We'll need to see ES break above this number to have any hope of closing higher on Thursday. Until then, it's bearish.
Dollar index: Despite the market's fall today, the dollar was essentially flat on a perfect doji near the top of yesterday's run-up. This could signal a move lower but requires confirmation.
Euro: In further unusual action, the euro actually moved a little higher today forming a hammer. The new candle is forming another hammer that successfully tested the 200 day MA at 1.2831 before rebounding to 1.2872. With support at the 200 MA and more support from last month around 1.2850, it's possible the recent euro sell-off is nearing an end. The stochastic is moving into a position to begin a bullish crossover, possibly on Friday.
Transportation: Today the trans actually gained 0.13% on a wide-ranging doji. This could signal a reversal coming, but with the stochastic just completing a bearish crossover and RSI still overbought, we'd need some confirmation before declaring the trans going higher.
Accuracy (daily calls):
Month right wrong no call conditional batting Dow
April 7 9 2 .438
May 10 7 3 2 .632
June 8 6 6 1 .600 632
July 11 2 6 1 .857 917
August 8 6 8 1 .600 -78
September 8 6 5 0 .571 -19
October 3 3 2 0 .500 -99
And the winner is...
After three big down days, I think the pendulum is at least slowing down and getting ready to swing back the other way. From the looks of it, I'd expect a move up by Friday. But that leaves Thursday. There's still no immediate sign of a reversal on any charts tonight so I'm going to make a conditional call: if ES breaks above its pivot of 1429.67 by 10 AM, we'll close higher, else lower on Thursday.
ES Fantasy Trader
Portfolio stats: the account remains at $182,500 after 66 trades (51 wins, 15 losses) starting from $100,000 on 1/1/12. Tonight, we stand aside again. I completely missed this current downward move and I'd hesitate to jump on board this late in the game. By now, the risk/reward already favors a move higher rather than continued lower.
CUA (Commonly Used Acronyms)
BB - Bollinger Bands
DCB - Dead Cat Bounce
MA - Moving Average
RTC - Regression Trend Channel
YTD - Year To Date
Disclaimer: (My lawyer made me do it) This blog is not trading or investment advice, account management or direction. All trades listed here are presented only as examples of the author's personal trading style. Investing entails significant risk and trading entails even greater risks. Act accordingly.