SPY: Finally a Breakdown

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Last week in my article, Two More Months of This Stuff?, I wondered if the market would continue to move in the narrow, boring two-month trading range. This week we got the answer: No. The chart below shows Friday's high-volume breakdown through the support line drawn across the lowest point of the trading range.

When we zoom out for a broader context, we can see that price is approaching a rising trend line, off which we may see a bounce. However, this broader context also shows that the rising trend line is the bottom of a rising wedge pattern, the top of which is drawn from the April top. After Friday's breakdown, the rising wedge is the next clue that we may be in for several weeks of selling, because there is a high probability that the wedge will resolve downward.

The next chart shows our primary medium-term indicators for price, breadth, and volume. They have been trending downward for about two months, showing technical weakness in this time frame. They are around neutral and have plenty of room to move lower before they reach an oversold condition similar to the lows in January.

There is no guarantee that prices will continue lower for any significant period, but September and October are seasonally very negative months, so I have to say that this setup looks very dangerous.

CONCLUSION: We have: (1) a breakdown, (2) the negative implication of a rising wedge, (3) weak technicals, and (4) negative seasonality through October. In my opinion, this adds up to rough sailing for the bulls for several weeks.

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Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More
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