S&P: Rebound Finished?

Before The Open

‘Tap & Go’ Reversal

The last update on the S&P (SPY), said it was normal market behavior to bounce off a ‘spring’ set-up.

That’s just what we got.

Price action launched off the spring and ‘appears’ to have confirmed the underside of the 50-day Moving Average.

I say ‘appears’, because like many things in the markets, the moving averages are just another ruse.

They have no power (or meaning) of their own.

As my former mentor David Weis (now deceased) used to say: “They just confuse the situation.”

So, let’s get on to the price action.

S&P (SPY) Wyckoff Analysis:

What we have with yesterday’s action, is confirmation of an axis line that has now become resistance:

Volume has pulled back when compared to the prior session; indicating indecision or lack of commitment from the bulls.

We’ve just had confirmation of resistance.

At this juncture, price action was not able to penetrate and hold above that level.

If SPY, is to head higher from here, it’s up to the bulls to somehow find the energy to launch an assault on the resistance.

It could happen but is it probable?

The Fibonacci 61.8%, retrace level is just above resistance (not shown).

The market could drift and grind it’s way to that Fib level before a final reversal.

We’ll keep an eye on it.

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S&P, Rebound ?

Before The Open

Price Action Penetrates Support

Yesterday’s action in SPY, closed lower but not before bouncing off the top of the ‘Neckline’ as shown below:

We should also note, during that session, action penetrated the support level established on September 20th.

It’s a completely natural market behavior to ‘spring’ off penetration(s). Today’s pre-market session is doing just that.

The reason is, once support is penetrated, it sets off a flurry of orders; sell, sell short, and buy … along with the associated stops.

It’s a busy area in the market. Those orders need to be sorted out.

That’s where we are now. However, a couple items to note.

One:

Since September 23rd, in the regular session, SPY has posted seven consecutive lower highs.

Two:

As shown below, if price action opens (or gets no higher) than 430.60 – 430.70, or so, that action is trading right at a Fibonacci 23.6%, retrace from the September 23rd high, to yesterday’s low:

Currently, with about 25-minutes to go before the open, SPY is right around 430.44 – 430.45.

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… “Like everybody else … “

Early Session

Or … ‘How To Lose Your Shirt’

If you’re reading this, consider yourself already separated or in the process of separating from the crowd.

At time stamp 5:15, in this from Uneducated Economist, there’s a mind-blowing statement from one of his followers.

UE is posting his thoughts on inflation. That is, there isn’t any … just like what this site proposes.

The commenter asked ‘Why don’t you see it just like everybody else does?’

It’s incredible but very telling on the collective mindset of those who are (or allow themselves to be) easily manipulated.

High School Correlation:

It’s not much different than High School (what a joke that was).

The popular kids seeming to have it all while the nerds, the geeks, and the weirdos were all left out … or bullied.

However, the raw edge of real life is not High School. That’s where the opportunity is for those in the very small minority.

Everybody has an equal chance to grow up.

After (years ago) going to my 10-year High School reunion, I realized the vast majority never grow or challenge themselves in any way.

I could see during the event, more than a few were already alcoholics. Deadening the pain of their cowardice.

As it turned out, I realized that ‘popularity’ is a prison. Locking up the individual in a life of fear (of becoming unpopular) and the associated mediocrity that results.

How does that anecdote relate to the problem at hand … the markets?

S&P Review:

It’s early in the session and the S&P (SPY), is trading lower.

The daily chart shows possible completion of the H&S pattern discussed previously.

The location of the report “The Plug Has Been Pulled” is also provided for reference.

At the time, it was uncertain and certainly unpopular to suggest the (potential) all time high was in.

So, we’ll see if the SPY, heads lower to start bouncing around the neckline … providing more confirmation of a significant reversal.

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Is The ‘Bounce’, Over?

Early Session

S&P Bullish … Or Bearish?

This is how the S&P (SPY) looked before the open.

The blue lines show a small wedge pattern. Under bullish conditions, price action continues higher into a measured move; somewhere around SPY 449 – 450.

What we got at the open, is below:

The SPY opened lower and so far, has not continued its upward momentum.

It may be nothing; or it may signal the Right Shoulder of the Head & Shoulders, is complete.

As always, anything can happen. SPY may be just gathering steam for an attempt at new daily highs.

However, the action in biotech indicates the bears are moving into the markets; behind the scenes and slowly at first.

Biotech, SPBIO:

Biotech has opened lower (LABD higher).

Yesterday’s price action was entirely consistent with the ‘alternation’ discussed in that update.

For Example:

There was no (immediate) downward test from the September 17th low … and this time, the September 23rd low, there was:

We can see, after the open, price action for LABD is pushing higher (lower for SPBIO):

If we get a new daily high for LABD (above yesterday’s 19.62), it signifies the lower testing action is likely complete; the bears are taking control of biotech.

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S&P, Retrace … And Then?

S&P 500 (SPY) At 61.8%, Retrace

Actually, all three of the major indices, the S&P, The Dow, the NASDAQ have each retraced to (at or near) a Fibonacci 61.8%, level.

The daily SPY is shown above.

Taking away the Fibonacci retrace levels, then adding notations gives us the following:

It appears we could be at the right side of a Head & Shoulders top.

Price action rolling over from here, then bouncing around the neckline (before breakdown) would let us know, we’re in a significant reversal (not advice, not a recommendation)

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The Plug has been Pulled

Mid Session

92-Years Almost To The Day

Barring any new highs in the S&P, which seems less and less likely, the market has bookended two historic extremes.

September 3rd, 1929, was the peak back then; September 2nd, 2021, is the peak now.

This site has said many times, if we’re doing our job right, whenever the big reversal comes, we’ll already be in position (not advice, not a recommendation).

So, far that has proven to be correct; having gone short via DRV and TZA during the past week.

This down move is still very young. It’s almost imperceptible and could somehow be negated.

However, with each passing day when there’s no attempt or unsuccessful attempts at new highs, downside probability continues to build.

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Market Top, September 7th?

The Day After Labor Day, 1929

The Tuesday after Labor Day 1929, was the the Dow high before the crash.

Empirical data gathered over the years has shown markets tend to reverse just before, during, or just after a holiday week.

Will that apply this time around?

At least three things will happen on Tuesday, September 7th.

Relief assistance‘ runs out. It will be a Fibonacci 13-days from the S&P August 19th low. Tuesday the 7th, is the first market open following a holiday:

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Russell … Rolling Over

Bearish Wedge Poised To Break Down

The Russell 2000 (IWM as proxy) has been congesting sideways for about five months.

While the overall markets, S&P, Dow, SOXX, IYR and the QQQs, have been moving on to new highs … the Russell has stagnated.

Taking a cue from Steven Van Metre’s reports on ‘who goes first’ in a downturn, it’s the small caps.

At this juncture, it looks like the Russell’s ready.

The six month daily chart of IWM below, shows choppy action.

Pulling back somewhat and labeling the bearish wedge, puts it into perspective (second chart):

Pulling out and labeling the wedge:

One item of note (not shown) at the top of the wedge, where price action pivoted lower (August 6th), is a Fibonacci 62%, retrace level.

So, we have a bearish wedge retracing 62% … along with non-confirmation of the overall highs; S&P, Dow, SOXX, etc.

Major reversals take a long time to form. However, once they get underway, it’s like a juggernaut to the bottom.

Harkening back to the oil (USO) bear market of 2014, nearly all (if not all) the YouTuber’s at the time, completely missed the bearish set-up.

What they did instead, once the downdraft started, was pump out update after update about ‘catching the bottom and setting up for the new bull market in oil’.

It never happened.

Oil continued lower for a year and a half before getting into a sideways range.

The big money’s in the big move. Monitoring the Russell provides confirmation a significant reversal’s in the works (not advice, not a recommendation).

As with biotech (SPBIO), already in a bear market, the IWM could break lower while the overall markets continue to thin-out and even make new highs.

Recall, we’re getting close to an up-coming holiday: Labor Day

The 1929, high was on the Tuesday just after Labor Day weekend.

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Market Summary

Dow, S&P, Russell … all outside down

Three markets with key reversals and the biotech sector (SPBIO) posting an inside day.

One other (less followed) market of note with outside down, was basic materials (DJUSBM).

Gold’s (GLD) upward thrust from Thursday the 29th, continues to erode.

One gets the sense that it’s slipping away for the bulls.

SPBIO price action shows the most probable direction is lower.

Expectation for the next session, is for some kind of downside follow-through along with lower market action overall.

Positions:

Current positioning remains unchanged (not advice, not a recommendation) being short the biotech sector via LABD.

Market updates for the week will be limited (as the result of travel) and will resume with technical discussions by the week-end.

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S&P 500, Head & Shoulders Top?

11:40 a.m., EST

Potential Head & Shoulders

The hourly chart above shows the potential.

A pull-back to the hourly low (434.07), gives additional confirmation to the nascent reversal.

In the biotech sector, SPBIO is currently pulling away from the 38% retrace discussed yesterday (LABD higher).

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