Neely Set-Up for a Big Move Down

ES continues to form its triangle (see yesterday’s post).

Neely sent out an email to non-subscribers saying that he’s expecting the top that’s forming now to lead to a big downwards trending move that starts in February or March.  I won’t post his charts but his set-up translates into my green scenario in the chart below.

Neely is Looking for a Big Move Down Coparable to the Green Scenario

Neely is Looking for a Big Move Down Comparable to the Green Scenario

I’ve simplified the green scenario for clarity, but it would almost certainly put in a bounce off the neckline at roughly 1800 for a right shoulder on the potential head and shoulders top.  The right shoulder would likely retest the bottom of the blue rising megaphone.

The green scenario is a classic megaphone right shoulder on the H&S that formed between September 2014  and roughly August 2015.  Usually with a megaphone right shoulder you’d see a new high for the head on a larger H&S that will actually complete and break out downwards.

The purple scenario represents one last rising megaphone forming off the 2011 high and low.  That rising megaphone is not required.

Note that Neely sees ES reaching almost 2400 before the big correction begins.  That would likely mean a new high after a dip to roughly 2150 to complete the top of the top.

I’m starting my holiday today but I’ll be checking charts daily and will post next week if something important happens in ES/SPY, oil, gold, or the dollar.  Otherwise I’ll see you January 3.

Potential Crash Scenarios

The Red Triangle Would Put a Right Shoulder on the ES H&S (Purple Neckline), Meaning ES Could Just Keep Going Down

The Red Triangle Would Put a Right Shoulder on the ES H&S (Purple Neckline), Meaning ES Could Just Keep Going Down

ES is now likely completing a triangle (red on chart), and the triangle is in a spot where it could be a triangle right shoulder on an H&S (purple neckline on chart).

That means a downwards breakout wouldn’t have to stop at 2082. ES could head straight down to the bottom of the triangle it started forming in February (around the 2030 level).

It’s likely to bounce there, but there’s really no requirement that it does, so it could just keep plunging.

Bulls have been eager to buy every dip, so you can’t count on a crash.  It just means there’s a set-up for it on the chart. The bottom of the 3-year price channel is at roughly ES 1968 right now, but ES doesn’t have to stop there either.

The bottom of a long-term rising megaphone is at a little below 1900. ES would almost always bounce there.

A one-day crash candle of greater than 120 points would be a Neely signal of a trend change.

Looking for a Set-Up for a 121+ Point Flash Crash

Trend Change Signal Requires a Flash Crash

Glenn Neely has written about what he calls a “well-established concept” of his Neowave system that the beginning of a trend change is marked by a move in the new direction bigger and faster than any previous move in that direction since the start of the existing trend.

I like and recommend Neely’s book.  I’ve never back tested this concept.  But I’ve back tested other Neely rules and set-ups and I’ve found them in general to be money-makers.

In any case, in the present situation, with a market that has been trending up since early 2009, according to Neely’s concept we’d know a bear market had started if we saw a single candle down on the SPX or SPY or ES daily bigger and faster than any other single candle down on those charts since the March 6, 2009 low.

The biggest, fastest decline since the 2009 low was the May 6, 2010 flash crash, in which SPY dropped 12 points and the SPX and ES roughly 120 points.

So, if we come upon a trading set-up with a likely target more than 12 points below on SPY (or 120ish points below on the SPX or ES) the set-up has the potential of not only being a crash set-up, but also the start of a much bigger bear market correction.

On the other hand, if ES dropped 121 points, but it took eight days for the price to travel that distance, it would not meet Neely’s time rule.  Basically, the price has to break out and crash 121+ points in less than a day in this spot.

One of the great things about the Neely rule is that a crash of 121+ points would mean The Top was in.  You wouldn’t have to worry about a topping formation putting in a higher high.

Components of Good Crash Set-Ups

You tend to get crashes of the type that would meet Neely’s requirements in very obvious triangles or megaphones or head and shoulders patterns or price channels or other clear trading ranges.  For example, if everyone is positioned for a triangle to break out upwards, but instead the breakout fails and the price heads back down into the triangle, the price would often melt down to the obvious target of the triangle bottom.

Not only are a lot of people positioned wrong in that type of set-up, leading to a melt-down as they scramble to get out, but nobody else wants to buy into the scramble before the price reaches the obvious target.

And if the price then broke out of the triangle bottom, and there was an obvious potential head and shoulders on the chart with a neckline far below, the price would often melt down to the H&S neckline.

Crashes happen when there’s no bid and market-makers are accumulating unwanted inventory.  Market-makers start taking the price down faster and in bigger leaps trying to entice someone else to step in and bid into all the selling.  If there’s an obvious target below, the entire market tends to wait for it, so the market-makers tend to melt the price down to that target.  Then other buyers will usually step in, if only to close out shorts for an expected rally.

And that’s how you get a crash.

SPY and ES Have a Potential Crash Set-Up On Their Charts Now

SPY and ES have beautiful potential crash set-ups on their charts right now that have the potential to meet the requirements of the Neely trend-change signal.

Here are the details of the set-ups.  There are more set-ups than I can easily write about in a single post, so I’m going to focus on just a few.

SPY Long-Term Rising Megaphone (Orange), Rising Wedge (Bright Blue), and Price Channel (Bright Blue)

SPY Long-Term Price Channel (Bright Blue)

1. Obvious Price Channel Requires Trip to Bottom Roughly 140 Points Below

SPY and ES have a long-term price channel on their charts (bright blue on chart above).  SPY and ES are in their critical decision waves within this price channel.  That means they are in the wave where they either break out through the top to set up a blow-off move into a series of steeper channels, or they quickly return to the channel bottom to continue the move up the channel, or they start forming the top for the entire channeled move.

A breakout through the top for a move into a series of steeper channels usually happens quickly upon reaching the top.  In these cases, an obvious price channel can’t contain the force of the move up.

But that didn’t happen in this case.  Instead ES and SPY have touched the top three times since late November 2014, then tried again to touch it and failed.  That means a breakout upwards from the channel is extremely unlikely.

ES and SPY also failed to turn quickly at the top for a standard dip to the bottom to continue the price move up the channel.

That means we’re likely in scenario three, which means ES and SPY are likely forming The Top for the entire channeled move.

2. H&S in Major Rising Megaphone Top Targets Neckline 140 Points Below

Purple Rising Megaphone Top on Orange Rising Megaphone is Complete Except for H&S to Bottom Before Breakout

Purple Rising Megaphone Top on Orange Rising Megaphone is Complete Except for H&S to Take Price to Bottom Before Breakout

ES and SPY have been forming a rising megaphone (orange on chart above) since 2010.  Rising megaphones are essentially Sornette bubble formations.

To complete, rising megaphones either break out the top to form a smaller topping pattern, or they tag the top on the final wave up and then form an internal topping pattern (usually a head and shoulders or megaphone) that works the price sideways before the breakout downwards.

You often see a rising megaphone top on a rising megaphone, and that’s what we got on the ES and SPY charts (purple in chart above).

Since putting in its 3rd and final wave to the top, the purple rising megaphone has been working on an interior head and shoulders or megaphone.  Again, this type of top tends to work the price sideways to the formation bottom for breakout.

ES and SPY are likely in the head of that head and shoulders right now, completing a topping formation on the head before a plunge to the neckline roughly 137 points below.

Then you could expect a right shoulder before a plunge to the purple megaphone VWAP at ES 1800/SPY 180, which would set up a still larger head and shoulders pattern.

3. ES Triangle Likely to Break Out Downwards

ES Red Triangle

ES Red Triangle

ES has been forming a triangle since late February (the bottom line of the triangle connects to the February 9 bottom of a small retrace).

Usually a triangle in this spot would break out upwards, often to put in the head of a smaller head and shoulders, with a traditional triangle target roughly 80 points higher.

And I do expect this one to put in a fake breakout upwards that may go as far as putting in a new all-time high.

But there are several tells that this triangle is unlikely to put in a real breakout upwards to anywhere near its technical target.

1. Last Low was an Exact Touch on Triangle Bottom

First, the last touch on the bottom of the triangle was an exact tag of the line.  The exact touch means that turn was created by little-guy technical traders.  Triangles don’t put in real upward breakouts after exact touches on the bottom.

2. Interior Irregularities, Including Rising Wedge to Triangle Top

ES Rising Wedge (Silver) To Triangle Top

ES Rising Wedge (Silver) To Triangle Top

Second, there are numerous irregularities in the internal construction of this triangle.  For one thing, the price is getting to the top only through a series of interior megaphones and interior topping megaphones that I have written about in earlier posts.

That is weird.  It should not take megaphone whipsaws and stop runs to get a price back to the top at this point in an obvious triangle.  At this point, the price should have melted up straight from the bottom to the top (and through it).

Plus, all of the megaphones that went into the price rise to the triangle top require retraces.  There can be no genuine breakout from this triangle while it requires retraces for interior megaphones.

In some cases, the likely target for an interior megaphone retrace is the megaphone bottom, and it is already outside the bottom of the triangle.

ES has also put in a rising wedge (silver on chart) on this trip to the megaphone top.  A rising wedge is a topping pattern.  It represents selling into buying–a pro move.

In a normal triangle, all the selling would come from little-guy traders up near the formation top.

These are all traits of topping triangles.

Topping triangles put in fake upwards breakouts before a genuine downward breakout.  If we don’t see a small breakout through the top of the triangle here, we will likely see another move to the bottom, then one more move to the top to put in the fake breakout.

And the triangle could continue past that.  Basically, the longer the price stays in this triangle, the more likely it is to break out downwards.


IWM Put-Call Ratio Breaks Top Bollinger Band – Prospects for Topping Formation

The IWM Put-Call Ratio Broke Its Upper Bollinger Band Today

The IWM Put-Call Ratio Broke Its Upper Bollinger Band Today

The IWM put-call ratio hit 2.91 today and broke its upper Bollinger Band on a slight rise in open interest.  The last break of the upper band was on June 4 when the ratio hit 2.73.  This is a high number heading into options expiration week.

IWM put volume fell 37% today.  IWM call volume fell 55%.

IWM bears are trying to put a top on the right shoulder of a potential head and shoulders on the IWM chart.  However, a Neely-method count of the touches on the well-established IWM price channels (gray, then navy blue) that started in March 2013 strongly suggests that IWM is putting in a larger topping formation that will lead to a higher high (green scenario on chart).

A Neely-Method Count of the Touches on IWM's Price Channels Suggests a Larger Top is Forming

A Neely-Method Count of the Touches on IWM’s Price Channels Suggests a Larger Top is Forming

The top could also form a rising wedge or megaphone rather than a head and shoulders.

If the right shoulder top fails here, the move up out of it is likely to be explosive, and suitable for a simultaneous bubble blow-off top in SPY and ES.

That doesn’t mean IWM is ready to take off in an explosive move just yet.  Since mid-April, IWM has been forming a megaphone (pink on chart below), and it needs a wave down to the megaphone VWAP at roughly 112.25 before it can take off upwards.  However, I think it is likely to get down there in the context of a megaphone.

IWM Megaphone (Pink) Still Needs a Retrace to VWAP

IWM Megaphone (Pink) Still Needs a Retrace to VWAP

Whether it does or not, the fact that the pink megaphone has been forming in the right shoulder position makes it very unlikely that this H&S will actually break out downwards.  Right shoulder megaphones usually take a price to a new high.

ES and SPY Topping Pattern Weekend Update (with Yen and Oil)

ES and SPY Topping Pattern

Some of the charts are starting to look a tad manic.

Here’s the rising megaphone on ES at the end of Friday.

ES Rising Megaphone
ES Rising Megaphone (Pink)

ES could head up to the top of the formation again and keep going up. Or it could break out the bottom on Sunday night and complete a little head and shoulders before a dip.

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IWM Likely Forming Inverse H&S to Head Up into Middle of Topping Pattern

Neely Price Channel Rules Suggest IWM is About to Move into Middle of Topping Formation

Neely Price Channel Rules Suggest IWM is About to Move into Middle of Topping Formation

Neely has come up with a good number of original money-making set-ups, but probably the single most valuable rules he ever came up with regard price channels.  These rules are important right now to IWM, and suggest that IWM is about to move into the middle of a topping pattern, such as the head of a head and shoulders formation.

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