Today's Trading Plan: Bear Flag Pattern Confirmed
Pre-market update (updated 8:30am eastern):
Europe is trading 0.4% higher.
Asian markets traded -1.6% lower.
US futures are moderately higher.
Economic reports due out (all times are eastern): International Trade (8:30am), Jobless Claims (8:30am), EIA Natural Gas Report (10:30am)
Technical Outlook (SPX):
Biggest sell-off that we've seen since bouncing off of the 6/4 lows (last 30+ point sell-off was on 6/1).
Price action went all the way down to the lower bollinger-band before closing on the day.
Bear-flag confirmation as we had talked about in yesterday's Trading Plan occurred at 1410.
Price support levels at 1400 were decimated yesterday.
A lower-low was established at 1403 as well as a previous lower-high. All bearish developments of an established downtrend.
The 200-day moving average is definitely in play today. A break of 1380, and you can say this market's conditions become very dire.
Last test of the 200-day moving average came on 6/4 where the market ended up bouncing handedly and forming a bottom as well, then rallying for the next 5 months.
Yesterday's volume was the highest that we'd seen since 5/18/12.
The fact that we did not see any kind of rally yesterday, despite the huge gap-down, was an obvious sign of a shift of market sentiment yesterday.
Weekly chart also supports a breakdown in the previous channel.
VIX at 19. My Opinions & Trades:
Chart for SPX: