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What Tuesday's Reversal Means

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On Tuesday, the SP500 put in whats called an "outside reversal bar". What this means is the market took out its prior high, however failed to hold and reversed to close below the lows.  This comes after seeing last week the contract rollover from June into September, see the market sell off down to 191750 after the June contract reached its 76.4% fib extension and 1955 target with its 1954.75 high.  The market recovered after the rollover lows of 191750 last week and ended the week with the market taking out the continuous 195475 high up to 195675. This allowed the September contract to meet its 76.4% fib. Monday saw a continuation of this squeeze overnight with the Sunday globex trading seeing a squeeze up to 195975 and Monday's cash open lower. Tuesday saw the market retest this globex high, take it out by a tick at 1960.00, and fail to hold, falling down to take out the cash open to reverse the market, falling into major support at 1941.  Going forward, this reversal not only caught longs off guard, but has also left some shorts on the sidelines with Tuesday's retest of Sunday night's short squeeze.  The close below 1950 has turned the level into new resistance with pressure against 1941 based off the 1917 low made last week. The reversal down to 1941 allows buyers a retest of major support to defend and prevent the 1917 lows from failing.  Bulls must now get through 1950 resistance and recover the failed 1960 high to regain momentum.  Failure to hold 1941 support gives way to target last week's 191750 low to squeeze longs and confirm the daily new high as a failed breakout. This would be a front run ahead of next week's NFP report with the downside chase to squeeze longs and lure in shorts below 1917.  Failure to hold 1917 gives way to break the June 191375 low and put in a reversal for the month, giving room down to retest major support within 1890-1880 based off the May breakout. 

 

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SP500 Completes 1955 Objective

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The SP500's breakout in May has expanded its January correction from 1844-1732 of 112 points with highs of 195475 missing the marker by 1.25 (1844+112=1956).  This comes after the correction in January setup a bear trap which was followed by a V shaped bottom, squeezing out those shorts. For the months of March through April, the market made peak highs on job reports, however remained below 1900 and held above 1800.  This range tightened in May with the jobs number failing to take out the previous high, putting in a lower low at 1886 on May 2nd.  This lower low for the first in 3 jobs releases lured in shorts as it setup a failed retest and breakout of the April highs at 1892.50.  A correction was attempted following this lower high, only to hold at 1859, holding the May low of 1854.50 and preventing a reversal on the month to confirm the short side. This failure to take out the monthly low caught shorts trapped as the market gapped open on the 21st at 1874 from its prior day close of 1868 and pressed to take out the May 2nd jobs number high of 1886. With this jobs number taken out, the short side was forced to cover, using this as fuel to break through 1900 and take out the 3 month range which gave way to expand the 1844-1732 V bottom up to 1956, as well as meeting the 76.4% fib extension at 1956.  This level completes the short squeeze objective and the range expansion objective, however the pressure remains to the upside as the breakout is in a parabolic period.  The latest leg from 1924 up to 1941 was sparked on high volume with the news of ECB going to negative interest rates. The jobs report gave the last spark into 1950 on Friday and this created a spillover effect, seeing Monday continue the rally into 195475, meeting its objective, before going into profit taking.

Going forward, a daily close below 1945 gives way to back and fill last week's ECB squeeze with lows of 1921 to retest the breakout point and major support down in the 1920s with sell stops below 1913. Failure to hold 1913 gives way to shake out the long side and retrace back to the range highs down to 1900-1890 from the original breakout point in May.  This provides buyers an area to buy on a pullback as opposed to chasing the market on the highs.  The pivot for the rally comes at the May lows as a breach below the May low reverses the upside momentum. Above 195650 sees the 100% fib extension up to 2025.

 

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SP500 DAILY VIDEO ANALYSIS

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Why Stocks are Lagging

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As the NFP rate creeped toward the Fed's 6.5% target, the bond market acted ahead and as it closed 2013 on the lows, it started 2014 on the lows, only to fail in moving lower and squeeze higher during the month of January. This upside reversal caught shorts by surprise as it squeezed the market from 12723 to 13503 to stop against major resistance from October of 2013.  The reversal into this resistance squeezed out the short side, however for the next 3 months the bond market stabilized sideways to consolidate the reversal and in turn develop a base or in technical terms an inverted head/shoulder pattern from February to April. With April's low retesting March lows and holding, this saw a push back to breach the 3 month highs and confirm the inverted h/s pattern. The coiled pattern once again left shorts selling the market trapped and with the breakout above the 3 month high, this gave fuel to expand this inverted h/s target and squeeze out October 2013 highs. This was done in May, confirming the lows of 2014 as a failed breakdown and a reversal in trend. So far since the October highs being taken out, this has led the bond market to further squeeze another 4 handles as late buyers now come in after the confirmation and chase the market up.  Going forward, major resistance is being tested from June of 2013 in the bond market with new buyers chasing prices above last October's highs. A move through 14028 squeezes this resistance level and retraces the bond market 50% from its 2012 high to its 2014 low. A break below 13606 reverses short term upside momentum to shake out longs chasing the market and give way to test downside support at old resistance 134, followed by 129 as major support off the year lows.

 

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The Yen also started the year on the lows and reversed higher during the first month of 2014. This caught the market off guard again, squeezing out the short side with the move from 9486-9926.  Since this January upside squeeze, the Yen, as the bond market, went into a sideways consolidation period as it turned lower, however held above the January lows to keep shorts trapped. The consolidation and coiling led to an inverted head/shoulder pattern just as the bond market, with a squeeze in May to break above the neckline of 9870 and reach its 200day moving average for the first time since November of 2013. In contrast to the bond market, the Yen has had much more difficulty in expanding this range and seeing new buyers chase the market at these levels. For now investors are favoring the hedge of stocks into the bond market. Eventually this should rotate from bonds into yen and gold. Short term, the Yen remains in an uptrend with a target of 10150 to expand its 3 month range. Failure to hold the May low gives way to retest the April lows.

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Summer Capitulation or Summer Bummer

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Notice long term 2013 trend from the breakout gap and go above 1440 to start the year see a setup of higher lows strongly defended.  Early 2014 low held right against this trendline to put in another higher low and see new highs made. Latest higher low comes in at the April lows of 1803.  Uptrend line caught up to the market forcing buyers to defend even as market has gone into sideways distribution. The sideways consolidation has been a fight to hold the uptrend. Latest bounce coming from the April low and break out above recent 3 month range is looking for capitulation of shorts and new longs to be forced above new highs. The April low is now a major pivot level as a breach below breaks reveres the uptrend of higher lows.

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