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S&P 500: Make or Break Point Nearing Quickly

S&P 500: Make or Break Point Nearing Quickly

2016-10-06 10:54:00
Paul Robinson, Strategist
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  • The S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 have offered good short-term levels among the chop, but…
  • That should become increasingly difficult as the market works its way towards a make or break point
  • The direction of that break and how it responds accordingly will likely dictate the foreseeable future

Recently, we have been looking at the S&P 500 (Nasdaq 100, too) through a short-term lens, with several lines of influence on the hourly chart providing good reference points for short-term trades. The price action on the daily chart continues to funnel towards what should soon amount to a breakout in one direction or another.

If the market breaks down it will quickly arrive at trend-line support rising up from the Feb 11 retest lows, and how it reacts at that point could be a big tell for how things will continue to unfold for the foreseeable future. A strong hold of the trend-line would suggest the initial break of the wedge formation was false, and the market may quickly rise from there. However, a break below the trend-line will quickly bring into play the 9/12 low at 2119, and significantly increase odds of seeing a material sell-off.

On the flip-side, should the S&P take out the top-side trend-line of the wedge, then the market will be gearing up for a move in line with the general trend, and eyes will be set on to the record high just shy of 2194 and higher.

S&P 500: Make or Break Point Nearing Quickly

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As noted earlier, we have been finding good levels on the intra-day time-frame to make plays off of in recent trade, but as the market compresses towards the apex of the wedge trading will become increasingly more difficult until a sustained breakout takes hold.

The break we are looking for should come soon, as we are arriving at the crossroads between the top and bottom-side trend-lines. But until we do, we will need to continue keeping expectations of a large move developing in check. Those with patience will prevail.

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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