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S&P 500 Rejects T-Line Break, Brings Bullish Pattern into View

S&P 500 Rejects T-Line Break, Brings Bullish Pattern into View

What’s inside:

  • S&P 500 rejects November trend-line, holds long-term top-side t-line
  • Continuation-style inverse head-and-shoulders formation coming into view
  • 2320 targeted opon confirmation, invalidation comes below 2248

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The S&P 500 continues to chop sideways, building what appears, as we’ve been discussing recently, a base for an eventual breakout to new highs. Yesterday, the market started out on a negative note, dropping through the trend-line rising up off the November low, but by day’s end the decline was met with buying and closed back above. The rejection and recovery is a good sign for the market. The day low also happened to come around a top-side trend-line extending over peaks in 2007 and 2015, but hasn’t been discussed much due to how long-term it is. However, with the market now abiding by it on two occasions – once in the middle of December and then yesterday – it’s in play.

The other day, we briefly discussed the possibility of the market forming a double-top (12/13, 1/6 highs), but only if aggressive selling were able to clear a path lower. So far not the case.

The month-long consolidation now resembles a continuation-style inverse head-and-shoulders formation; marked by two declines in December and yesterday’s decline and reverse. It’s not the cleanest looking pattern, but nevertheless one on the table. A close above the Jan 6 high would trigger the neck-line and kick off the pattern into new record territory. Based on the depth of the inverse H&S, a measured move target arrives around 2320. These continuation-style patterns many times lead to a turning point which results in a material retracement, so we'll be on the look-out for signs of a reversal should we start extending higher.

What would invalidate the pattern and bullish view? A strong move below yesterday’s low of 2254 and mid-December low at 2248. At that point alternative paths would need to be considered.

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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