Let’s take a look at the S&P 500 (NYSEArca:SPY), Dow Jones (NYSEArca:DIA), and NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) to compare current structure and what may occur on a breakthrough beyond these prior high resistance levels.
First, the S&P 500 Daily Chart:
The S&P 500 lags behind both the Dow Jones and NASDAQ currently, both of which already are testing (or breaking) their May 2011 price high.
The S&P has two little levels of overhead resistance from prior swing highs in July to overcome before breaking through to new recovery highs.
In terms of the broader picture, the main idea is that any continued push beyond these 2011 level opens the price pathway into “Open Air” which raises the expectation that price will continue moving higher into past resistance targets.
To see that on the weekly chart, let’s view the S&P 500 Weekly Perspective:
The S&P has nominal resistance into 1,350 and the 2011 prior price high is 1,370.
A breakthrough above these levels opens the door towards 1,400’s Round Number target and then into April 2008’s 1,440 target.
Should we see a future breakthrough above 1,440, then 1,500 extends to the new target and so on.
The situation is roughly the same in the two other US Equity Indexes, so let’s take a quick view of them.
The Dow Jones – as of this morning – fell just a few points shy of breaking through its 12,876 prior high from 2011 but that factor could change quickly.
A firm breakthrough soon above 12,900 suggests 13,000 will again be realized, and beyond that extends the target towards 13,500.
Yes, there are negative momentum and volume divergences in all indexes, but price in a strong trend – particularly the “Creeper Trends” we’ve been seeing lately – can overrule or overpower signals from any indicator.
It’s another way to say “Price is King” – these creeper trends remind us of that fact.
Finally, here’s a quick look at the NASDAQ which did break to new recovery highs today:
While the NASDAQ pushed to new recovery highs this morning, the key “round number” to watch is 2,900 for easy reference.
Here’s the Main Ideas from a simple charting and trading standpoint:
Either the indexes will continue their impulse/rally higher and thus break through these important levels, or else we’ll see yet another reversal lower.
Should the indexes continue their rallies and break through, we would look to play bullish developments into the “Open Air” beyond these levels.
However, if again these key prior resistance levels again hold, we would be cautious from the long side and aggressive/short-term traders may decide to play bearish set-ups on a movement down from these levels.
This type of logic helps us create our real-time planning (game-plan) for whatever style trading we use (swing, intraday, position).
Don’t get caught in either bias that price MUST break through these indexes or that price MUST reverse lower – price (supply/demand imbalance) will do whatever it does, with or without us as traders.
Reference these key levels and their importance to the bigger picture of the broader equity markets.
Related: Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI), S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX), Nasdaq (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC), SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca:SPY), SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca:DIA).
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