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Emini Breakout to All-Time High but September Often Weak

09/04/2018 1:51 pm EST

Focus: MARKETS

Al Brooks, MD

Professional Trader, Author, Lecturer, Brooks Price Action, LLC and Brooks Trading Course

Unless there is a convincing reversal down, bulls will buy pullbacks until the rally reaches those bull targets. They will either take profits, look for new, higher targets, or sell a reversal down. At the moment, momentum favors higher prices, writes Dr. Al Brooks.

Monthly S&P500 Emini futures candlestick chart:
Emini breakout to all-time high but September often weak

Emini monthly candlestick chart closing at new all-time high

The monthly S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart had a bull trend bar in August. Furthermore, August closed near its high and above the January high. It is resuming its bull trend.
The monthly S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart has rallied for five months after a brief pullback from a 15-month buy climax. This month’s close at a new all-time high increases the odds of higher prices.

There is always a bear case. However, after five bars up, the odds of a big reversal down are small. The bears would typically need at least a micro double top, which would take at least two more months. Less likely, if September was a huge bear month, it could lead to a test down to the February low. Therefore, the odds favor sideways to up trading over the next few months.

Weekly S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart:
Gap up to a new all-time high

Emini weekly candlestick chart at top of bull channel and new all time high

The weekly S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart gapped up above the January all-time high this week. In addition, the bull trend has been very strong for past two months. However, last week was a small bull doji, which is not a strong breakout bar. But, it is also a weak sell signal bar for next week.

The weekly S&P500 Emini futures candlestick chart gapped up to a new all-time high this week. Because the nine-week bull channel is tight, the odds favor higher prices in September.

There have been three pushes up over the past six weeks. This is a micro wedge top. Furthermore, last week was a small bull doji bar. Since it is not a big bear bar, it is a weak sell signal bar for the week of Sept. 4. However, the bears still want a failed breakout above the January high and a reversal down.

For example, if the bears close the gap below last week’s low, the gap would be an exhaustion gap. Alternatively, if the bears get a gap down at any point over the next few weeks on the weekly chart, there would be an island top. Any strong reversal down would create a higher high major trend reversal with the January high.

But, the past nine weeks have been in a tight bull channel. A reversal down from here would therefore more likely be minor. That means 1 – 3 weeks down into a bull flag, or a month or two of trading range trading. In either case, the odds favor higher prices.

Measured move targets

The weekly chart is breaking above an eight-month trading range. This will make traders look for the rally to reach measured move targets above based on highs and lows in the range.

April and February formed a double bottom. A measured move up above the March 13 neck line is 3066 or 3083, depending on which of the two lows you use. A measured move up from the gap above the March 13 high is 3036. The highest measured move target of 3229.00 is based on the February 9 low to the January 26 high.

The bears had a strong reversal down in February. They want the breakout above the January high to fail. Then, they want a break below the February low and a measured move down to 2194.00. While this seems unlikely now that the Emini is at a new high, there is no strong bull breakout yet.

The bears therefore still have a 30% chance of a selloff to far below the February low before reaching the targets above.

The Emini does not have to reach any of these bull targets. But, traders and computers see them. Therefore, unless there is a convincing reversal down, the bulls will buy pullbacks until the rally reaches around those bull targets. They then will either take profits, look for new, higher targets, or sell a reversal down. At the moment, the momentum favors higher prices.

Daily S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart:
Breakout above 8-month trading range and 5-month bull channel

Emini daily candlestick chart breaking above bull channel

The daily S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart gapped up above the January high on Monday last week, and every day closed above that breakout point. But, the bulls are also breaking above a bull channel, and a bull breakout above a bull channel usually fails.

The daily S&P 500 Emini futures candlestick chart has been in a bull channel since the April 2 low. Bull channels have bull legs and bear legs. The bulls are hoping to create a successful breakout for several weeks above the bull channel. Then, instead of a bear leg, the market cycle would start over.

Every strong bull breakout eventually has a pullback. That begins a bull channel, which later weakens and forms a trading range. Traders sometimes call a bull breakout above a bull channel a “melt up” market. The six-day rally that started on September 28, 2017 (not shown) is an example. That was a bull breakout above a bull channel, and it led to a strong bull trend.

Most breakouts above bull channels fail

A bull breakout above a bull channel typically fails 75% of the time within about five bars. The bears then get a sideways to down leg to the bottom of the channel. There are usually different ways to draw the channel lines. The nearest reasonable bull trend line for the bull channel that began in April is around 2850. But, the current breakout attempt is also a breakout above an eight-month trading range. Therefore, the odds of a strong rally from here without much of a pullback are about 50%.

The Emini had a weak reversal down last week from above the top of the bull channel. The bulls hope that this is a pullback and that the rally will resume this week. The odds favor the bulls.

The bears want a 1 – 3 week selloff to the 2850 bottom of the channel. Then, they want a break below the channel, and a bear trend. At the moment they have a 50% chance of achieving their goal of a pullback to 2850 before the rally goes much higher.

This week’s behavior will give more information. If the bears get consecutive big bear bars or a gap down, the odds will shift in favor of a test down to 2850. Alternatively, if the bulls can prevent a selloff, the odds will favor a resumption of the three-week rally up above 3,000 to the measured move targets.

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