JP Morgan (JPM)
Having notched an all-time high by closing at 97.35 on 10/3, JPM appeared to be consolidating over the next 6 sessions - in preparation for another surge higher. But 10/12’s Q3 earnings release session suggests that immediate bullish momentum may have been exhausted and, with it, Sir Jamie’s next (ever-so-lovable and antithetically Populist) all-time high “I’m richer than you” quip has been - akin to PM Jordan's Bitcoin prop traders - placed in limbic limbo.
With the close of the 10/12 session, JPM:
- registered a bearish engulfing daily candlestick pattern;
- on heavy volume;
- after a rally, sideways chop, and doji on the previous daily bar.
This is short-term bearish. JPM’s 10/12 session, also:
- registered the largest daily volume since 7/14; and
- exhibited the largest daily trading range since 9/7 – the swing low that preceded this 10+% rally.
Technically speaking, JP Morgan's 10/12 session was unabashedly bearish.
But being just shy of an all-time high …
and without a confluence of technical signals to suggest a significant inflection to the down ..
pre-emptive calls for a top in JPM's price action should be met with a great grain of salt.
What is JP Morgan’s bottom line? All-time highs (ATHs) beget more all-time highs.
- an upside retest, where JPM fails to register a new high; and, then
- a breakdown that closes below the preceding 9/7 swing low of 88.08.
JPM’s strongest support (and 1st downside target) surrounds round number 94, where a small open gap remains unfilled. Should John Pierpont slump (and close) below 94, strong support levels will show themselves just above 90 and 88.
VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH)
The daily chart of VanEck’ Semiconductor ETF (SMH) clearly - and unmistakably - shows a Super MACD, Super RSI, and Super Stochastics that have each zoomed up, up, and away – into dynamic overbought territory. This confluence of technical developments is noteworthy because our Dynamic OB/OS Levels (DOBOS™) adapt to price action, rather than simply remaining static. This results in indicator value levels that often prove much stricter than the pre-set values that your ‘textbook’ suggests (and discount broker pre-populates); i.e. a stock RSI setting of 70/30, Stochastics at 80/20.
The last time the SMH daily chart exhibited Super MACD, Super RSI and Super Stochastics readings with such elevated values (~ all swimming deep in overbought waters) was just prior to the 6/8 semiconductor swing high top. And for good measure, the last time these 3 Indicators were oversold in unison was at SMH's 4/17 and 7/3 swing low bottoms.
While a sample size of just ‘3’ instances is not statistically significant ....
that the Super MACD, Super RSI, and Super Stochastics have all drifted into dynamically overbought territory ...
while price has paused in place, after a relatively relentless move higher without so much as a single sizable dip ..
ought give Semi bulls good reason to tighten their stops; if they are not amenable to taking partial position profits here and now (now that their winner has ran, and ran and ran so).
Semi's bottom line?
A downside retracement for SMH would pause first around 93; then dead-cat bounce back above 94 ½ before testing round number 90 on the down. Should such a simple ABC downward retrace occur, technicians would be wise to pay particular attention to the character of price action - i.e. 'how' it responds - upon dipping down into the strong lateral support shelf that spans 89 – 90.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Real-Time Bitcoin Index ($BRTI)
Despite a well-defined penchant for monstrous rallies, Bitcoin’s 60-minute chart shows that it entered into overbought territory on 10/12 on both the Super RSI and Super MACD. Employing Dynamic OB/OS Levels that adapt to price action allows users to acurarately gauge when price is truly exhausted and likely about to correct | reverse.
The last time that Bitcoin ($BRTI) witnessed the Super RSI and Super MACD above their Dynamic OverBought Levels was back on 9/18, at the $4,112 high – the last hurrah of a swing high, directly before a downward correction that ended four days and -14.4% later at $3,520.
If Bitcoin is ready to take a well-deserved breather next week, support will not come into play until $4,800. And while a circa 15% downswing (after a 15%+ up day!) will not phase those who are HODLing, our central aim as market technicians is to identify and diagnose asymmetric risk:reward technical setups; so that, as traders, we can most effectively execute entries | exits and efficiently manage those positions.
To wit, a pullback that successfully finds support at and rounds back up from the $4,800 - $4,900 zone (~ the 10/12 breakout zone) would be a fine spot to enter or further build upon an existing position (with a clearly defined stop just above $4,700, to explicitly define position risk).
KBW Nasdaq Bank Index (BKX)
Similar in technical profile to Semis (SMH), the Nasdaq Bank Index' daily chart shows a Super RSI and Super Stochastics that are both above their Dynamic OverBought Levels. Coupled with the first flash of a daily sell signal since the 99.77 BKX swing high of 3/1, we would be very leery of getting too far out over our Nasdaq Bank Index’ skis if long BKX here.
BKX bottom line:
much like Banks' NIM not moving higher .. while price action may push yet a touch higher (c. 101-103), BKX bulls should remain on high alert with respect to the unfilled gap at 97.27; and, if BKX closes anywhere under 96, then their focus ought immediately shift to the Bank Index’ baby gap at 93.81.
Happy Friday the 13th, fellow MindHunters!
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