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mcm daily market update 23.Aug.21

ST trend: up

On Friday we were noting that the ST trend was neutral as in the o/n (ES was at 4385 at the time), both sides were looking inefficient via FGSI. We did warn however that "A sustained move above ML would reassure that the bottoming attempt from yesterday is playing out and the "OPEX scare" is over". Buyers did exactly that, broke the bearish EE lvl, won back ML and never looked back. We did not expect a large move considering the OPEX Friday, but apparently MMs were satisfied to keep just the big names (AMZN, AAPL) in check and the index ran regardless.

Sunday brought more bullish developments, as buyers continued the up move and broke the unconfirmed high that was registered on Friday on FGSI. They also broke the initial bearish EE lvl set-up on IGSI on the 1st bounce off the big low from last week. The only issues for buyers are the fact that the recent high is unconfirmed on both FGSI and IGSI; and FGSI is showing buyers are also inefficient on this bounce. Those things can still change if buyers continue higher, so they still look to be in decent shape. Ideally they would break the unconfirmed highs before getting a retrace to "cool off" FGSI and IGSI. Depending on whether they can do that or not, we will have more info. A ML test from here would be normal (especially since ML was pulled up by price and is likely not far below). The test should hold if this is to continue immediately higher. If ML breaks, then a deeper retrace could come, but in the larger picture it's hard to see how sellers can avoid new ATHs coming.

mcm daily market update 16.Aug.21

ST trend: down

On Friday we were mentioning that the ST trend was up, with potential pullback set-up, as FGSI was at extreme optimism. The pullback was small, then the market pushed to new highs in a very choppy session. It also made a new ATH after hours. The Sunday session saw a pullback from there (the ATH was marked as unconfirmed high on FGSI).

The current o/n saw continuing weakness and what is interesting is that for the first time in a while, the buyers were not able to lift prices back to new highs out of FGSI trips to extreme pessimism. What is more worrying for the buyer side is the fact that 2 unconfirmed lows on FGSI were subsequently broken. That usually marks a shift in market character (i.e.to something more bearish in our case), so it's a big warning that buyers are no longer in full control. ML was also broken by price and now appears to be holding as resistance. That also confirms a more bearish ST picture. Going fwd, it is important to see how price acts in relation to danny and ML. For buyers to get back in control, they must break back above ML. if they can do that, this might be another failed breakdown from seller side. However if ML continues to act as resistance and price continues lower, this might be the 1st trend down day we had in a while. This week is OPEX so shake-outs in both directions are to be expected. Considering that markets are so extended, a bigger pullback would not be out of the question (1st target 4408-4415 - large fractals on 60 and 135min cycles. Below that - 2nd target is 4370-4380 and the bottom of the prior trading range).

Lessons learned part 4

The past week (21-25th of June) we had a very strong week and a powerful melt-up off Sunday's OPEX lows. Those lows were announced on Monday in the am on the daily blog post with the mention "This set up has the potential to mark an important bottom and trigger an explosive bounce". That came to pass and the market relentlessly pushed higher, with only small pullbacks. Because the short term GSIs (Globex Sentiment Indexes) caught that potential, it is time to look more closely at these kinds of set-ups and see what provides confirmation or non-confirmation.

First, let's look at FGSI, which because it's the fastest will usually trigger the set-up first and will also be the 1st one to confirm. The chart below was the one posted on the blog on Monday, June 21st. As we can see we had a large unconfirmed low, the market rallied right into a bearish EE (excess energy) level, hesitated briefly, then broke through it. That was the confirmation that the unconfirmed low would hold and it is a bullish breakout from there (roughly 4154ish).

Now let's have a closer look at an earlier set-up of an unconfirmed low, which failed, namely the Friday morning low. We had a pretty large unconfirmed low (although the set up was not as ideal as the one from Sunday, as the lows were too close to each other, not to mention the IGSI and MGSI set-ups). And then the ensuing bounce was showing that buyers are inefficient, as price barely bounced 20 points off the lows, but FGSI was already above the centerline and triggered a very large class B bearish EE vs the last time FGSI was in that area. Price then whipsawed from that area back towards the unconfirmed low where buyers made another attempt to stick save that low (where the green arrow points). The bounce triggered a bearish EE which held and then the breakdown happened.

So the main lesson here is - whenever we have an unconfirmed low (or high), that shows the potential for a larger turn. But the key to that potential playing out is how price acts when we have an EE set-up after that. Breakout/down of that EE set up is the confirmation that a larger turn is playing out.

mcm daily market update 18.Jun.21

ST trend: down, with potential bounce attempt

Yesterday we were noting that the ST trend was neutral as both sides were inefficient, as shown by FGSI (something which is happening quite often in the o/n as of late). The market had a big pop prior to the open, then a few whipsaws before finally dropping hard to retest Wednesday's lows before rallying hard into the close and retest the highs of the day.

The o/n now saw the market moving sideways and then starting to drift lower. FGSI is showing extreme pessimism already, so a bounce might be attempted, but it it also showing confirmed local lows, so the decline might extend. We have a bullish EE lvl vs yesterday's LOD, so that levels becomes important if we do in fact accelerate lower. The biggest problem for buyers is the fact that they lost ML, then tried to win it back but failed.

mcm daily market update 16.Jun.21

ST trend: neutral

Yesterday we were noting that the trend was up, but with a potential reversal pattern, as all GSIs were showing unconfirmed highs at the o/n high. That did prove to be a bad omen for buyers and the market proceeded to then retrace the entire rocket launch move from Monday's last 2 hours cash session.

At LOD we did get an unconfirmed low on FGSI and market tried to bounce, but this time the bounce failed to get above ML, which is a clear indication that the buyers are losing control of the ST trend.

In the o/n session we had only a sideways movement with whipsaws in a tight range. FGSI is showing that both buyers and sellers are inefficient, as small price movements trigger big swings in FGSI. One thing that gives the sellers an edge is ML and the fact that it rejected price action yesterday but also in the o/n. ML continues to be the key for the near term trend, so if buyers want to stage a bigger bounce from here they must break above ML. Today is the conculsion of the FED 2 day meeting, so prices might stall and continue to sideways chop from the o/n until after the FED announcement and then stage a larger move.

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