S&P500 Futures: Lack Of Selling And 2751 Breakout This Week?

CME_MINI:ES1!   S&P 500 E-mini Futures
S&P500 update: The June futures contract is extending its consolidation further. Taking into account the context of the bigger picture, this market is still poised to go higher. Even in the face of a retrace to the 2680s, structure points to a summer rally. In this report I will highlight the levels to watch for and touch on one particular strategy we like to employ at S.C. in this environment.

It is important to understand where this market is, and how its current behavior tells a story behind the price action. The 2710 to 2751 resistance zone is the .618 area of the recent bearish swing. When price is in an area like this, it is usually better to sell, or avoid, not buy. Unless there is an absence of selling which is what is happening here.

Usually, when price reaches a resistance area , it is rejected quickly. When price is not rejected, that means there is no real selling pressure. The shorts that are positioning themselves are going to provide the order flow and momentum as motivated buyers once an appropriate catalyst invites new buyers. This short squeeze is often what leads to a break out and 2740 is the number we are watching for that.

Triangles or consolidations serve as trend continuation patterns. And as long as the 2685 level (.382 of current bullish structure) is not taken out, this market is likely to continue higher. This is why we believe the current price structure and formation is a recipe for a summer rally.

As I wrote in detail in my article on S.C. earlier today, there are many ways to participate in a market environment like this. Since we manage a number of portfolios at S.C., one of the strategies that we employ is selling naked puts. Yes in general a short put is risky and ties up a lot of margin, but we do this with particular stocks that pay dividends, not speculative stocks.

In a slow grind bullish environment, front month puts sold at the right time can provide a nice way to capitalize on the range bound environment. If the market falls apart and you choose to take delivery, you are essentially getting paid to own a good stock that you can then collect dividends and sell calls on.

In summary, the S&P is a not only a broad index to measure fund managers against, but it provides a lot of useful information to base other decisions on. Knowing that the stock market is generally strong and still has more potential (2800 to 3K over next 6 months) provides a framework to manage your portfolio within. Whether you want to trade outright futures contracts, the ETF or timing portfolio decisions, there is plenty of opportunity. It all depends on your style and how you manage risk. At S.C. we employ multiple strategies, across a variety of instruments. Options are just one way to play. Make sure to check out today's article and performance page.

Comment: The 2683 support has been tested and rejected. As ugly as this market looks, as I wrote previously, it is still in a bullish configuration. At this point, I would still hold off on any new longs or naked puts in any stock portfolios until a reversal of some kind appears. If price continues to push lows for the rest of the week, then I would wait to see if 2615 can be tested and continue to evaluate from there.
Marc Principato, CMT |Author: Analyze Any Financial Market Like The Pros Using Price Action| | Cofounder (S.C.)

Marc, your chart is speaking something different , that wedge shows a break to the downside, now we are testing the lower side of it. Going to say this , guys come on here and say this level is important , that level is major support. 2 weeks ago everyone said we are headed for new highs, everyone get long. ouch, 300 pt dump yesterday, just saying no one really knows.
Nice Job Marc ....!!! Thanks
S&P500 update: Price has tested the 2685 area and has gone slightly below. This is a very important test. If price cannot recover over the next day or two, then this market is more likely to consolidate lower. 2615 to 2587 is the next major support area. I would not add any new longs or short puts until this market shows a clear sign of stability. It's not about predictions like everyone wants to believe, it is about listening and adjusting as the market provides new information.
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