In previous reports I wrote about the significance of the reversal zones, especially since they are overlapping a major . These zones (which are contained by the red horizontal lines) are areas where reversals are high probability. When this market was pushing the lows, I specifically mentioned not to react, and instead plan ahead. Planning ahead means recognizing the significance of these levels, and knowing how you will act IF the market provides evidence that our hypothesis is true.
That evidence came, first through the on this time frame, and then the follow through which is considered a "kicker" formation in terms. Even if you did not enter the market during this process, it should have been very clear to no longer be or think short. Now the questions is: Will this momentum continue?
Price is retracing slightly which is a good thing because this is where it must prove that it is no longer weak. It can present this evidence in a number of scenarios that you should be prepared for (planning ahead). The first scenario is the shallow retrace which can unfold from the current candle in the form of a small , especially if this configuration happens to also qualify as an (which it is at the moment, but has 14 hours to go so it still has time to change). The second scenario is the regular higher low where price retests 7776 area and generates a reversal candle. The third scenario is the failed low where price retests 7401 or 6941 and reverses quickly. The third scenario is the one that shakes out weak longs and sucks in oblivious shorts. IF price does not reverse after retesting the extreme low, then there is a bigger underlying problem in this market.
Isn't the current swing high a lower high? And lower highs lead to lower lows? Yes to both questions but do not forget this has to be viewed in light of the context of the situation which carries more weight. The context is: This market is flirting with a major , and just produced a significant price reversal formation. The fact that this reversal formation has appeared in a high probability area outweighs the structure of the previous short term trend (lower highs, lower lows). Knowing this is what allows you to anticipate and prepare, rather than react.
In summary, analysis and trading are two separate processes that traders and investors often confuse as the same. In analysis we are evaluating and comparing market information in order to estimate what this market is most likely to do next, not what we are going to do next. Once we have a better idea and can assign loose probabilities or weights, we can then figure out what we are willing to do: Buy, sell or nothing. There are 3 scenarios that I outlined above that can appear. There is one scenario which is simply a dramatic new low. It is now up to you to recognize which scenario the market decides to choose, and then execute your trading plan. That plan which should be prepared ahead of time should define everything you do from the triggers to enter, the time horizon, size and level of risk along with profit target expectations. And out of all these factors, time horizon is most important because it provides the foundation for how you define everything else.
Questions and comments welcome.