Today was a Taylor Trading Technique Buy day for the eMini S&P futures. The move took much of the session to get going but late developing moves are often strong as they squeeze out weak hands.
The eMini S&P futures were down sharply overnight, trading well below the standard reference price of the previous session low. The Taylor Trading Technique normally uses this as a reference price, looking for a selloff below and a subsequent rally back above that level to serve as our trigger to go long.
In this case we were still looking for an end to the selloff with a lower level to serve as out reference price. In the morning Swing Trader’s Insight watch list I suggested we watch the overnight low at 1990.00; the overnight low often serves as the reference price for the day session, especially on Sunday nights, when the markets are largely driven by overseas action.
Today the US stock market open did not prove to be the catalyst for a bottom in stocks, as it fell through the first hours of trading. As it pushed below the overnight low it moved toward the last major low of 1983.25 from 14 December. (see the intraday chart below.)
The 14 December low proved to be a good reference price- if it held, we could look for the anticipated TTT Buy day rally; if it fell below we would wait for a reversal. By a little after 10 AM the market made a successful test of our reference price level, giving us our TTT buy signal.
It rallied into the early morning, finding resistance around the overnight low. This pushed the market back down but a late afternoon selloff made a higher low and the subsequent move higher brought on more aggressive buying. As is often the case, a late session rally is often especially strong and doesn’t show much retracement as buyers have little time to do what they need to do.
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