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SPX Update: Short and Sweet

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A detailed look at the market's near-term potentials.

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I'm going to keep this update as simple as possible. The S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) is hinting at the potential for a base to form in this zone. There are several options for the near-term, and I've done my best to detail and outline their paths and what to watch for, as well as their first target zones.

We have a three-day weekend approaching, and the session prior to three-day weekends is often light volume, which gives those sessions a bullish bias. Fund managers know they can't put big sell orders into a light-volume market without causing major havoc. As a result, approximately 70% of the time, the session prior to a three-day weekend closes green.

The chart below covers the most likely possibilities for the short-term. I'm slightly partial to the expanded flat (shown in black), since it would burn the greatest number of participants -- it allows for a retest of the 1627 low, while whipsawing the 1630 low.


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On the hourly chart, the market has so far found support at the noted black trend line, which is the red ii/iv trend line -- an important intermediate support zone. This allows the possibility that the wave ii/B bounce will develop from here.


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In conclusion, I remain bearish on the intermediate term, but the market is hinting at the possibility of at least a short-term sideways-up phase. Depending on how that develops, the potential of the larger wave ii/B bounce is also on the table. Ultimately, though, I expect the next bounce will be sold to new lows. Trade safe, and have a great weekend!

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