Today's action is a cause for some special attention. If you read these pages you will no doubt be aware that we have presented a scenario for analysis purposes that has been accurate, timely and disciplined. Using this approach, we were in front of the sharp rally and the downturn into today. We expected that today would likely be a weak day generally - given the intraday MSP posted this AM and daily flow projection shown on the day-of-week tendency subgraph on the longer-term MSP charts - Thursday's being the strongest close-to-close momentum to the downside. Regardless, downside potential into the afternoon was highly reasonable and additionally a reaction/retracement/bounce would have been entirely reasonable as well and this was not forthcoming. Today, however, did a few things which are quite concerning.
We do not change analysis to fit the market, Rather we stick with our discipline and accept the distribution of inaccurate projections and unfulfilled probabilities as valuable feedback and information. That is EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING at the present. Though the markets are currently on track with our analysis and we still expect a bounce in the near-term into early September, there were key deviations and issues with today's reflections of market consciousness via our tools that deserve some special discussion.
You may hear us refer to "X-TICK" triggers. X-TICK's are rankings of ultra high emotional exertions by market participants to sell/buy as a part of capitulatory extreme behavior. Capitulation in our terms is described in more detail under the eTick-Tools Core Concpets pages. In order to trigger an X-TICK the urge to sell and energy invested has to rank in the top 19% percentile (most of the time higher) of all selling efforts and events over the last 15 to 20 years. As you can imagine this is not an easy thing for the market to do. Today we opened with an X-TICK and got a decent bounce from it of something like 8 or 9 ES futures points. However, the thing with X-TICKS is that professional buyers (or sellers if the market is rising and generating a buy extreme -as the case may be) like to show up and take weak handed contracts when they are made available - X-TICKS are precisely these types of areas. WHEN these professionals then subsequently get run over the X-TICK is broken and it is demonstrating that the market sellers have real conviction. This was expected this morning and occurred. However, this afternoon we got two more X-Ticks that ranking in the top 9% of all selling emotion extremes in the last 15 to 20 years, and though each got a 5 point bounce or so - they were broken subsequently. Additionally, each X-TICK was at a lower and lower price which is a sign that professional buyers with conviction were not shifting the trend and ineffective. Breaking this many X-TICKS in one day is a serious event and a sign to remain alert. This is a sign of increasing risk to the markets capability to stage its reversal. This can not be overstated. Each X-Tick today, being lower than the previous one, indicates a significant capitulation going on among market participants as a whole. This is always something to keep an eye on.
First thing this morning we got a reasonable negative GAP TOOLS emotional analysis that suggested that the market had normal probability distribution for a gap fill. In this case, that means: "not that likely but plausible". However, it got a high rank (on the first bar of the cash session when it's analysis is scheduled to trigger) that a breakdown would occur below the opening range. This was a large negative as it is often that such an event can lead to a trend day down. In this case, trending down was expected into the 1;30 to 2:00 pm timing window in the afternoon.
There were quite a few reasons that the market was being afforded some room for a bounce this afternoon or in the near-term. Timing, longer-term market structure, convergence of support in the 2044 area (which was pointed out as a possible target for today), a neckline on a very large support shelf that also is a pretty symmetrical head and shoulders pattern and intraday behavioural analysis that would usually score towards some strength showing up this afternoon. As it turns out, the markets ran over these areas after setting up months and months of work above them without even reacting with a small bounce attempt - something reflected in the X-TICK breaches described above. The market had other plans for today. Primary degree support is at 2020.5 to 2010 on the SPX cash and probably is now a magnet before a bounce occurs.
One of the things that is very important to understand is that when the market does not follow market structure, as it began to do today, this is often a sign of a change in market consciousness. Market Structure, the way we measure it and define it, is an objective, transparent and unbiased analysis/evaluation of a market within its contextual probability skew. Therefore, when a difference occurs and especially one that is substantial, it is important to take notice. Today's deviation was just minor so far but could get much more if it wants - so, tomorrow and the next few days will help to make things much more clear. Currently this tracking deviation from probabilistic market structure scenarios, is of significant concern, An analogy of this effect if similar to hitting the brake pedal in your car and instead of the car slowing down it speeds up. It's an indication that something is wrong and it's a warning that aberration and risk is increasing.
Additionally, we closed below the neckline of the 6-month head and shoulders - breaking through it without even bounce at the 2043.5 SPX Cash area - this is very concerning.currently, the market most likely needs to go lower a bit, probably to the 2020 area and then attempt its bounce - which as mentioned earlier should be expected into early September. September offers an early month high or possibly a higher high around the 21st. Currently, as mentioned in today's AM post, favored is an early month high for the US markets with a lower high retest into the 21st. HOWEVER the capacity for this bounce attempt to be very small or worse to become a running pattern is of significant concern as this could easily lead to a panic. Given how much leverage and risk the Fed and other central banks have infused into the risk markets it is is notable importance how markets react to a bounce attempt into early September. If the bounce if very weak and thin, it would be a good idea to increase power to the flux capacitor and prepare for an emotional and high volatility future.