Friday The Thirteenth

I mentioned in my post a week ago that on a break back over the daily middle band there were fixed buy signals on the daily and hourly charts that might carry SPX significantly higher and so it was, with SPX hitting 3997 at the high yesterday, and those buy signals have now all made target. I’m looking for signs of a high forming, and there are some signs here.

There is no negative divergence on the daily chart here yet, so I’m thinking we might see a sharp retracement here back into the daily middle band, currently at 3868, then retest the high to set up a possible double top.

SPX daily chart:

On the 15min chart there was a sloppy IHS that broke up with a target in the 3400 area, and the high yesterday was close enough that I’m treating that target as reached.

SPX 15min chart:

On the hourly chart both RSI 14 and RSI 5 sell signals may be brewing here, and looking at the overnight action both of those may fix at the open. There is a possibility of course that the high for this move was made yesterday. If so I’ll be watching the possible H&S necklines in the 3940 and 3880 areas.

You can see that declining resistance from the high is now in the 4035 area. I would be surprised to see that broken after the perfect hold at the rally high in December. If that is going to hold as resistance on this move then this short term high is close or already made.

SPX 60min chart:

On the weekly chart main resistance for this downtrend is at the 50 MA, and that is now in the 4047 area, just above declining resistance. Unlike declining resistance from the all time high, that would be more complex to break, needing a break and conversion to support, but both major rallies last year failed there almost exactly.

SPX weekly chart:

If we have already seen the high on the short term move, the clear signal that it was finished would be a break and conversion of the daily middle band, now at 3868. If this retracement gets that far then I’ll be watching that carefully.

SPX daily BBs chart:

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Today is one of the rare trading days to fall on Friday the Thirteenth. Is that significant? I’ve been watching these for quite a while and, as they seem to trade much like any other Friday in the main, not particularly.

My next post should be on Monday or Tuesday before the open. Everyone have a great weekend. 🙂

Written by:

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.

13th Jan 2023

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