SPY Price Channel Likely Top

SPY's Pink Price Channel Set Up in 2016 but Failed to Break Out When It was Supposed to in December

SPY’s Pink Price Channel Set Up in 2016 but Failed to Break Out When It was Supposed to in December

SPY confirmed the pink price channel on November 21, 2016 when it broke out past the previous channel high on August 23, 2016.  SPY was then in its critical decision wave for the channel.  That’s where the price either sets up a breakout into a melt-up or starts a top.

What SPY did was tag the channel top, pull back a little, and then fail to break out decisively (a breakout within a melt-up set-up would have looked like the purple scenario).

You often see this when the channel is forming a rising wedge (green scenario) or rising megaphone (orange scenario) top across the price channel top.  The rising megaphone scenario is the favorite.

QQQ Neely Signal

Biggest One-Day Slide Since August 2015 Suggests Deep Retrace of Move

On Friday QQQ Put In Its Biggest 1-Day Slide Since August 24, 2015 - That's a Neely Signal

On Friday QQQ Put In Its Biggest 1-Day Slide Since August 24, 2015 – That’s a Neely Signal

On Friday QQQ slid 5.79 points from the day’s high to low. That is the biggest one-day slide since August 24, 2015 (the capitulation move of the China bubble crash). That is a Neely signal that the move out of the August 24, 2015 low has just ended.

That suggests QQQ has started a deep retrace of that move. However, unless QQQ crashes more than 9.50 points on Monday, it suggests QQQ has higher to go after a partial retrace of that move.

QQQ reentered its pink rising wedge Friday and ended the day with a retest of its top.  It’s likely to continue down to the rising wedge bottom and beyond to at least the orange megaphone VWAP and the bottom of the silver rising megaphone.

That will be a critical decision point.

Critical Decision Point will be at 105-106ish

QQQ could reverse hard at the silver rising megaphone bottom for a breakout upwards from the orange and light blue megaphones and the silver rising megaphone into a truly magnificent move up with a target of roughly 200 (green scenario).

Or QQQ could start a megaphone there (purple scenario) that breaks the price out of the silver rising megaphone to set up a new rising megaphone (red on chart).  That would imply a new all-time high within the light blue megaphone and red rising megaphone, but not a move to 200.  Instead, QQQ would likely be putting in a double wave up within the light blue megaphone and setting up a swing to its bottom.

The Larger Crash Scenario

If QQQ is going to put in a candle larger than 9.50 points on the correction to 105-106ish, it will likely do so as part of a price channel crash set-up that takes QQQ straight to the light blue megaphone bottom before another swing to its top.

The Bots

Studies show that high-frequency trading bots tend to suppress volatility. I don’t have enough data to know how this affects things like the Neely signal.

So even though this signal back tested well for decades, keep an open mind about the possibility of a megaphone starting here rather than an immediate correction.

The Price Action to Watch For

However, the price action usually won’t lie.  If the market’s heading down from here to 105-106ish or beyond, the move would usually start as a price channel.  In the critical decision wave, we’d usually see either a conventional breakout into a series of melt-down channels, or we’d see a large falling megaphone bottom start.

Large falling megaphone bottoms tend to break out of a price channel like a conventional melt-down set-up, then retrace all the way to the price channel top, then break down out of the channel past the first channel breakout.

Either could reverse at 105-106ish, but a falling megaphone would be a tell that a reversal there is a strong favorite.

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AMZN Rising Wedge

A Super-Extended Move is a Neely Tell

AMZN is Now Coloring in the Top Third of the Red Rising Wedge

AMZN is Now Coloring in the Top Third of the Red Rising Wedge – A Neely Tell of a Major Top

AMZN is now coloring in the top third of the red rising wedge. That represents a super extended move and is a Neely tell of a major top forming.

AMZN could continue moving up the rising wedge, extending it into its very tip.  Or it could start a small fast megaphone inside the wedge to work the price to the wedge bottom before breakout into a crash from here.

Or it could extend the rising wedge into its tip then crash to the implied price channel bottom and make a new high from there before collapsing to the wedge bottom.

The first technical target for a correction is the rising wedge bottom at roughly 500.  Ultimately AMZN has to work its way back to the bottom of the purple rising megaphone at 100 as well.  But the route to that target could be very complicated and even include a new all-time high from 500 en route.

Unless some disaster is about to befall AMZN (like an antitrust suit and break-up), the most likely scenario is a drop to roughly the rising wedge bottom to establish a new megaphone trading range across roughly 600.  Some years down the road, from a new high, that megaphone could include a drop to 100.

QQQ Rising Megaphone in Rising Wedge

QQQ has Formed a Rising Megaphone (Bright Blue) in its Red Rising Wedge

QQQ has Formed a Rising Megaphone (Bright Blue) in its Red Rising Wedge

QQQ is now creeping up the top of the red rising wedge it began forming a year ago.  It’s working on the top for a price-channeled move within the rising wedge, and has also formed a rising megaphone (bright blue) inside the wedge.

That blue rising megaphone counts as a way of extending the wedge.  An extended rising wedge is a strong favorite to correct to its bottom once it finally breaks down.

The rising wedge has carried QQQ to the top of a rising megaphone that began in 2010 as well as the navy blue megaphone that began forming in the summer of 2014.

QQQ needs to retrace to at least VWAP of the orange megaphone, which would take it to the bottom of the red rising wedge.  It’s a favorite to correct sooner or later to the bottom of the navy blue rising megaphone at roughly 42.

And QQQ could remain stuck in the navy blue megaphone for years to come.

QQQ Long-Term Chart

QQQ Long-Term Chart

I’ve drawn a smallish fast top on the navy blue megaphone, but tops like this can take months to form.

Note also that the green scenario is a simple, standard way for the navy blue rising megaphone to extend.  That is another trading formation that could extend for years, though usually we’d see a return to the formation bottom first.