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Sustainable Bottom May Be In: Proceed with Caution

06/12/2019 2:35 pm EST


Ricky Wen

ES Trade Alerts, Host

The recent V-shaped reversal suggest that low can be in for 2019, writes Ricky Wen.

The first week of June started with the anticipated dead-cat bounce on Monday June 3 at major support as the bulls defended against the March lows (2726 vs. 2728.75 on the E-mini S&P 500) and launched a V-shape reversal. This bounce got immediate follow-through the next day and fulfilled the standard 2765/2800 targets swiftly.

The anticipated dead-cat bounce proceeded to extend for the rest of the week as the major resistances such as 20-day exponential moving average and the prior week’s high around 2845 could not hold. This paved the way for the bulls to wrap up the week at the dead highs as the game plan changed and now we have a sustainable bottom for the foreseeable future (see chart).


What’s next?

The main takeaway from the first week of June was that the bulls completed the weekly massive bull engulf signifying that price action has retraced all the losses and some more from the last week of May. We’re treating this as a standard weekly timeframe "hold half and go" structure for the next few weeks and see how this pattern develops. That means we’re treating the 2728.75 low as the bottom for the foreseeable future, and it could very well be this year’s low.

Friday futures closed at 2877.5 above some key resistances such as the 20-day exponential moving average and the prior week’s high. Price is up around 6% in 5-6 sessions and it went from a daily Bollinger Band low to a daily Bollinger Band high. Chasing here is obviously not optimal because the stats and odds say a consolidation is likely to take place soon.

Also, a 78.6% retracement of the entire drop is located at 2911.50 for reference, so that means there’s a confluence of higher timeframe or major levels located in the same vicinity. We'll be watching closely how price reacts in its first try at 2900 or within this 2895-2915 major pivot resistance zone. Traders must also proceed with caution this week as futures contracts expire Friday.  


The market proceeded with the textbook mean reversion playbook that occurred in May and hopefully everybody and their mother were prepared as we discussed with the proprietary signals warning, price action level by level approach and once support broke, the market offered even more clarity.  

Now, the game plan for the month of June is fairly simple. Our current must hold-level is located at 2700 monthly support as the pre-determined floor.  We're treating anything below 2845 as a dead-cat bounce due to the short-term trend.  If price action starts breaking below or above these key levels then we as traders must be going back to the drawing board and reassessing again.

Ricky Wen is an analyst at, where he hosts the ES Trade Alerts premium subscription service.

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