After opening with a small gap above yesterday’s high, the market immediately reversed on the first one minute bar and closed the gap (not shown.) That looked like a Spring setup, but there was no confirmation — no Fibonacci level or divergence for the top.
The next two minutes reversed the reversal, and then the market topped out at the 127% Fibonacci external retracement. For those new to the site, that’s a measurement that retraces more than 100% of the previous move, shown on this chart with white arrows early in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Any time the market exceeds a previous pivot you should mark off the 127% and 162% external retracements, since these are the two most likely levels for a quick reversal. If we exceed 162% that’s a good indication that the move will continue for a while.
The turn at the high created another Spring setup as we broke through yesterday’s resistance but immediately reversed. This time the reversal occurred at 127% so there were two reasons to enter a short sale. If you missed that entry, the pullback at “B” was at a 50% retracement of the early decline. I like to enter after Dunnigan blue reversal bars if there is another good reason, since that often acts much like the Spring setup.
An A-B-C pattern (shown in blue) will often turn at 62%, 100%, or 162%. The two bar hesitation at 7:30 was at 62%, but there was no actual bounce. We went through 100% without a pause, and finally made the low of the day at 162%. Nice morning trading.
For the next four hours I can’t find an entry I like. I expect early pullbacks to be 50% or greater, but it never happened. I have a nice parallel trend channel marked in yellow, but without an entry you can’t trade it.
But it does point out the afternoon top, which is also a 162% external retracement and another refusal to move upwards after again breaking yesterday’s high. Not as clear as the morning reversal, but I would still consider it a Spring.
You might take a look at the daily chart before tomorrow’s open. We’re back at the high of a rectangle that has lasted over a month. For longer term traders tomorrow might be decision time.