Online Trading Academy’s core strategy is centered on the proper reading of price action. We interpret what the market is telling us to do and act accordingly. If the security we are trading is in an uptrend, then we are buyers. And when the trend changes, we become sellers. There are techniques we can use to identify the turning points of the markets to buy the bottom and sell the top. But it is always easier to be patient and wait for the trend to develop and simply join that trend in progress.
Many novice traders and even notable fund managers have been caught shorting this market too soon. Many were trying to time the top and were shocked to see the markets’ ability to continue upward. I had not seen any signs of the markets top and was still a mild bull. I warned of shorting too soon a few weeks ago in my August Market Update article.
The S&P 500 index and other indexes are starting to show weakness. As I write this article, the weekly chart of the S&P 500 is forming the right shoulder of a head and shoulders formation. This last occurred in 2011 and led to a sharp decline in the markets. Even the pausing prior to the pattern is eerily similar now to how it looked a couple of years ago.
The key to whether this formation and a bearish trend will happen is the supply level on the daily chart. Price is currently touching that supply and if it holds and sends prices lower, a trader should expect a bearish winter if we break to new lows to complete the pattern.
The weekly charts of the equity indexes are still in a bullish trend. They have not confirmed the reversal and may not. Be patient with longer term trading and investing and make sure you protect your capital with stops. Without overhead supply zones in the S&P, the Dow, or the Russell 2000 index on weekly charts, trying to time the top is more of a guessing game.