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S&P 500 E-Mini Futures: Start Of Second Leg Up?

By Al BrooksStock MarketsSep 12, 2022 09:42AM ET
www.investing.com/analysis/sp-500-emini-futures-start-of-second-leg-up-200629696
S&P 500 E-Mini Futures: Start Of Second Leg Up?
By Al Brooks   |  Sep 12, 2022 09:42AM ET
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The S&P 500 E-mini futures traded below last week’s low but reversed into an E-mini outside bull bar closing near the high. Bulls want a reversal higher from a higher low major trend reversal. The bears want at least a small second leg sideways to down following the recent strong sell-off.

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  • This week’s E-mini candlestick was an E-mini outside bull bar closing near the high.
  • Last week, we said that odds are the E-mini is still in the sideways to down pullback phase. The bulls still hope for at least a small second leg sideways to up after the pullback. Because of the strong move down, they will need a strong reversal bar, or at least a micro double bottom before traders are willing to buy aggressively.
  • This week traded below last week but reversed to close above last week’s high.
  • The bears got a reversal lower from around the May 4 high, or the major bear trend line. They want a retest of the June low.
  • They want a strong leg down like the one in April. The bears will need to create consecutive bear bars closing near their lows, to increase the odds of a retest of the June low.
  • The selloff was strong with consecutive bear bars closing near their lows with an open gap and a micro gap. That means strong bears.
  • The bears want at least a small second leg sideways to down to retest Sept 6 low.
  • The move up from June 17 low was in a tight channel. The bulls want a second leg sideways to up after a pullback. At the very least, they want a retest of Aug 16 high.
  • They want a reversal higher from a higher low major trend reversal.
  • The problem with the bull’s case was that the recent selloff was very strong. The second leg sideways to up may only lead to a lower high.
  • Since this week was a bull bar closing near the high, it is a good buy signal bar for next week. Next week may gap down at the open, however, small gaps usually close early.
  • The next targets for the bulls are the 4100 big round number, the major bear trendline and the Aug 16 high. The 20-week exponential moving average and major bear trendline are resistances above.
  • Bulls will need to create a follow-through bull bar closing far above the 20-week exponential moving average to increase the odds of a retest of the Aug 16 high.
  • Bears hope next week closes with a bear body even though it may trade higher first.
  • The candlestick after an outside bar sometimes is an inside bar, or has a lot of overlapping price action.
  • For now, odds slightly favor sideways to up for next week. Traders will be monitoring whether the bulls get a consecutive bull bar or fail to do so.
  • If the bulls get a consecutive bull bar, the odds of a test of the bear trend line and Aug 16 high increases. However, if next week closes as a bear bar, we may start to see sellers return for the second leg sideways to down.

  • The E-mini traded below last week’s low on Tuesday but reversed higher for the rest of the week with a gap up and closing near the high on Friday.
  • Previously, we have said that traders expect at least a small sideways to up retest of the August high after this pullback is over.
  • It seems that the second leg sideways to up is currently underway.
  • The move up from June 17 low was in a tight channel. That increases the odds that the bulls will get at least a small second leg sideways to up to retest August 16 high.
  • The bulls want a continuation higher from a higher low major trend reversal after the current pullback.
  • The targets for the bulls are the 4100 big round number, followed by the August 26 high.
  • Bears got a strong reversal lower from around the May 4 high, or around the bear trend line. They want a retest of the June low, followed by a breakout, and a measured move down.
  • The selloff from Aug 16 was strong enough for traders to expect at least a small second leg sideways to down.
  • If the E-mini continues higher, the bears want a reversal lower from a double top bear flag with the August 26 high, or a double top major trend reversal with the August 16 high.
  • Since Friday was a bull bar closing near the high, Monday may gap up at the open. Small gaps usually close early.
  • The bulls will need to create consecutive closes far above the 20-day exponential moving average first to increase the odds of the E-mini trading higher.
  • For now, odds slightly favor sideways to up for next week.
  • However, if the bulls fail to create consecutive bull bars above the 20-day exponential moving average early next week, we may see sellers return for the second leg sideways to down to retest the Sept 6 low.
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I don't see the fundamentals yet for breaking Aug 16 high.
 
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