Rallying From Major Support

We saw the breakdown on SPX that I was warning about on my last post, and so far SPX is finding support in the 4000 area, which is the obvious support level as there is an intersection of decent support levels here. There are hourly buy signals fixed overnight on all of the six equity index futures I track on a daily basis and, subject to FOMC today, the pressure to deliver a rally today is strong.

The only support level not yet quite tested is rising wedge support from the 2022 low, and I’m wondering whether that, currently in the 3965 area, might need a test before the rally that we should see here. If we do see a test of that trendline and it holds, then that will open wedge resistance, currently in the 4240 area, as a possible target.

SPX 60min chart:

I was talking a lot last year about the 50 week MA, currently in the 4011 area, as key resistance on SPX before it was broken in January. The biggest support level I have been watching on this move down has been that backtest, which is holding well so far. On my bull scenario SPX could start another leg up from this test.

SPX weekly chart:

On the daily chart the daily middle band, now in the 4091 area, was broken on Monday and SPX made it to the daily lower band yesterday. This also makes this an obvious area to rally.

SPX daily BBs chart:

So what is happening here on the bigger picture? Well I’m thinking that decision gets made after this rally, ideally in the SPX 4070-4100 area. This may be an H&S forming on SPX that on a rally to that area, and on a subsequent conviction break below 4000, the target would be in the 3800 area.

However there is a decent case that what we have been watching from the early February highs are a series of bull flags forming  on the equity indices. That case was strengthened yesterday when IWM hit a trendline I drew in a few days ago as the ideal theoretical bull flag wedge support trendline.

IWM 15min chart:

The low on NDX yesterday was equally impressive, establishing a perfect bull flag channel from the 2023 highs.

This morning though that channel broke, leaving me with only one perfect bull flag setup on IWM, though all of the moves on the US equity indices from the 2023 highs have a flaggy look to them in the way they have formed. We will see.

NDX 15min chart:

Subject to FOMC today I am looking for a rally back into the 4070-4100 area on SPX next and then an inflection point where SPX could either break down hard towards the 3800 area, or break up into a retest of the early Feb highs which might then be a double top setting up a retracement back to the same 3800 area.

On the pattern setup this morning I’m thinking that could easily go either way at 4100, so we’ll see what, if anything, the Fed might say this week to move the market either way.

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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 channelsandpatterns.net 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.

22nd Feb 2023

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