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- Thursday lower, medium confidence..
- ES pivot 1850.92. Holding below is bearish.
- Rest of week bias uncertain technically.
- Monthly outlook: bias higher.
- ES Fantasy Trader standing aside.
So the pattern continues - with the Dow going from the upper edge of its recent trading range to the lower in one day. It's actually oddly reminiscent of the pattern we were seeing exactly one year ago. That one didn't end until Aprils 1st with a break higher. We now consult the charts for a clue to Thursday as March grinds on to a close.
The technicals (daily)
The Dow: Last night I wrote "from recent experience, the only thing you can think is that Wednesday will move lower". Well I guess never discount the power of experience as the Dow did indeed move lower on Wednesday by a good 99 points. And with a bearish engulfing pattern at that. That was also enough to finally complete the bearish stochastic crossover too. And with indicators now moving lower and money flow (which Dr. Steenbarger just recently mentioned again - that's where I first learned about this) moving lower, this chart now looks bearish.
The VIX: Last night I wrote of the VIX "the next logical move would seem to be higher.". So never discount the power of logic either as the VIX also rose a solid 6.5% on Wednesday. And moved right back through its 200 day MA yet again for the 11th visit in 13 days. This time though we're still oversold with an new bullish stochastic crossover so there seems to be some gas in the tank for continued higher on Thursday. A nice bullish engulfing pattern in VVIX supports this idea.
Market index futures: Tonight all three futures are higher at 12:57 AM EDT with ES up by 0.15%. ON Wednesday ES put in a red candle that broke support at 1850 and also gave us a bearish RTC setup. And even at that we're not yet oversold so it's not clear what significance to attach to the overnight gain. It may simply be a reaction to the sell off that began at 3 PM Wednesday. In any case, this chart is now looking bearish. Note also that money flow has been declining three straight days now, another bearish sign.
ES daily pivot: Tonight the pivot drops from 1857.25 to 1850.92. Despite this, we are still below the new pivot by a good five points so this indicator remains bearish.
Dollar index: On Wednesday the dollar put in a funny red hanging man that actually was a 0.10% gain.. But the overall gestalt here remains bearish.
Euro: Last night I wrote that the euro chart seemed to "suggest lower for Wednesday". And it was a good suggestion as the euro fell to 1.3789, its third straight day of lower highs. That also formed a bearish stochastic crossover from an oversold position and that's a bearish sign indeed. So the selling may not be over yet. And the pin action in the overnight in fact continues lower.
Transportation: Last night I refused to guess on this chart which is good since the trans took a 1.58% dive on Wednesday that I wasn't expecting. That was enough to send the indicators oversold but not enough to even start a bullish stochastic crossover. But because of the magnitude of this drop, a DCB or at least a doji is possible on Thursday here.
Accuracy (daily calls):
And the winner is...
Unlike the past few days when it was hard to get a clear reading on the charts, tonight we're seeing a number of bearish signs, enough in fact to call Thursday lower.
ES Fantasy Trader
Portfolio stats: the account remains at $103,000 after the first trade of 2014. We are now 1 for 1 total, 1 for 1 long, 0 for 0 short. Tonight we stand aside.