ES Break-In and Breakout

ES is Back Inside Its Navy Blue Megaphone & has Broken Out of its Orange Rising Megaphone

ES is Back Inside Its Navy Blue Megaphone & has Broken Out of its Orange Rising Megaphone

ES is back inside its navy blue & light blue megaphones and has broken out of its orange rising megaphone after a legal top.

That means we ought to see at least 2150 before we see ES break out of the navy blue megaphone again, and we could see the navy megaphone bottom. If ES makes it to the navy blue megaphone bottom, we could even see the megaphone break out downwards into a huge correction after a retrace to its VWAP.

ES has Formed a Falling Megaphone (Red) that will Eventually Need a Retrace to its Top

ES has Formed a Falling Megaphone (Red) that will Eventually Need a Retrace to its Top

Big megaphone moves down often start with a price channel melt-down set-up. But instead, ES has set up a falling megaphone (red on 60-minute chart) since its March 16 retest of the high.

ES could form a price channel inside the red falling megaphone and melt all the way down to 2150 inside it (green scenario).  Or the move to 2150 could be a lot messier, with ES forming an inverse H&S bottom around here before retracing to the red falling megaphone top and heading down again (purple scenario).

If we get the purple scenario, it would likely be slow moving enough for the move to the red falling megaphone top to be another retest of the big navy blue megaphone top from inside.

Anyway, at this point you should be short as long as ES is inside that red falling megaphone.  If you don’t mind hanging on through retraces and you’re not playing something time sensitive like options, you could be short unless ES breaks back out of the navy blue megaphone top.

This would usually be a strong short set-up.  The only thing nagging at me about it is that ES failed to complete a potential extension in the orange rising megaphone and put in an indecisive, awkward top on the navy blue megaphone.  That means you have to take your stops seriously in case ES heads up one more time to put a bigger top up there.

Short Set-Up to At Least 2150, But Keep an Open Mind a Little Longer

ES is Back Inside Its Navy Blue Line - That's a Short Set-Up to At Least 2150

ES is Back Inside Its Navy Blue Line but Not Yet Broken Out of its Orange Rising Megaphone

ES is back inside its navy blue megaphone/rising megaphone top. That’s a short set-up for a move to at least the light blue megaphone VWAP at 2150 (green and purple scenarios).

But ES hasn’t broken out of its orange rising megaphone yet and the recross of the navy blue line is still very small, so I would keep an open mind and a tight stop until ES has retested the navy blue line from inside and broken out of the orange rising megaphone.

If ES breaks back out of the navy blue line, the orange rising megaphone is extending and we’re in the blue scenario.  In the pre-HFT days, that would have been a rare occurrence, but the bots these days like to do small ritual breaks of important lines before reversing.  In that case, the price move could be bigger than I could fit on the chart.

The House vote on Ryancare is Thursday.

ES Still at Price Channel Top (Updated)

ES is Still Working on a Megaphone at the Top of its Navy Blue Price Channel

ES is Still Working on a Megaphone at the Top of its Navy Blue Price Channel

ES is still working on yesterday’s megaphone (red on chart) at the top of its new price channel (navy blue on chart), getting close to the top of its bottoming megaphone (highlighted navy blue line).

The megaphone tells you the market has already run out of steam. There’s too much selling into any buying triggered by technical breakouts or stop-eating for the market to continue moving up. So the market-making bots are swinging the price in a megaphone until they trigger some new action.

Because we’re near the top of the recent trading range, the most likely new action to get triggered is more stop eating.

Update:  It’s also possible that the overnight dip is all the retest of the red megaphone VWAP that we’re going to see.  In that case, ES could just break out upwards.  But I don’t see how it can break out very far upwards with the top of the navy blue megaphone right there.  I think the top of this wave will be a crawl between that megaphone top and the price channel top.