Big Support Breaks

After repeated tests where it held, the thrust down after the Fed hike on Wednesday broke down through the big support level and potential H&S neckline in the 2530-40 SPX area  and continued down. Wednesday night I was looking at the next big level on ES 2465-80 area and that too has broken yesterday. I’d be surprised not to see a strong counter-trend rally on SPX soon but it’s getting harder to identify where the next decent support might be.

Short term though, the ES low yesterday was an exact test of the possible falling channel support trendline that I had drawn in on my ES chart and, as long as that trendline remains unbroken, the obvious next target within the channel would be a test of channel resistance, currently in the 2570 area.

ES Mar 60min chart:

There are some things to bear in mind here on the bigger picture. Firstly, in the event that 2530-40 SPX was not going to be an H&S neckline, then the alternative was that it was double top support. That support has now broken down with alternate targets at either the 2200 area or the 2120 area, and my working assumption is one or both of those levels will be tested in 2019 as this move plays out. Large H&S patterns have now also broken down on both NDX and RUT, following the very high quality H&S on DAX which I’ve been watching form for much of the year and which broke down first.


I’d note possible support at rising megaphone support from the 2011 low is now in the 2300 area, and rising support from the 2009 low is now in the 2200 area, currently a decent match with that higher double top target. On a break below megaphone support in the 2300 area then I would be watching the 38.2% retracement of the move up from 2009 in the 2225 area, the 50% retracement of the megaphone in the 2000 area and the 61.8% retracement of the megaphone and the 50% retracement of the move up from 2009, both in the 1800 area. If we do see a decent rally start from the current area, which I’m thinking is likely, then an obvious target would be a backtest of the monthly middle band, now in the 2650 area. A weak rally would just be a backtest of broken double top support at 2532.

SPX monthly chart:

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I’ll be working next week so there will likely be another post out before then. Until then though, everyone have a great Xmas/holiday. 🙂


Richard Chappell aka Springheel Jack has been writing about equity, bonds, forex and commodity market at since 2010, and also at since 2015. He is co-founder of,  producing charts and videos every day for subscribers there, as well as numerous charts and videos for wider audiences.

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Richard Chappell

Jack is a 20 year retail trading veteran and co-founder of The Art Of Chart. He started his blog at in 2010 and since has published tens of thousands of charts looking at hundreds of trading instruments across most tradeable markets, doing original work mainly in the areas of trendlines, patterns and divergences. At The Art Of Chart Jack has taught trading skills, technical analysis, and the discipline and trader psychology that allow those to be used effectively in trading.

21st Dec 2018

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