In last night’s Swing Trader’s Insight I labeled the EMini S&P as a breakout setup for today as a result of the inside day, doji bar and range contraction on Thursday. This setup allowed us to anticipate this morning’s rally.
As I writing this morning’s watch list I was wondering whether I would have to come up for a non-standard breakout entry. Normally I use the previous day high and low as reference prices however for much of the overnight session the ES was trading above the Thursday high.
Fortunately we saw a pattern that often seems to occur around the 8:30 stock market open, one if have written about a number of times. The market opened at 2566.50, and proceeded to drop below the Thursday high. After the sip, it rallied back above our reference price, which is the normal trigger for buying an upside breakout. It subsequently went back down to test the first day session low before the rally began in earnest.
The ES rallied over the morning. The first rally took it to 2572.50 before consolidating. That high was taken out just after 10 AM and the market continued higher, approaching the contract high of 2577.25. This morning’s action is a good example of why it can be good to be patient with breakout trades as they often tend over the course of a session. It’s why I prefer to trail stops in my favor rather than to pick profit targets for these trades, as it’s difficult to know ahead of time where a market move will end.
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