Start of A Bear Market or Normal Market Correction?

The black Friday selloff on 26 Nov 2021 triggered by the COVID-19 variant — Omicron was significant and certainly is a change of character in S&P 500, Dow Jones and Russell 2000. Nasdaq was the strongest despite dropping close to 2% and it still did not break the swing low support near 15900.

Daily chart of 4 US major indices

As highlighted in the daily chart above, the spread of Friday’s candle (highlighted in yellow) is easily the top 3 biggest in this year. If we focus on the up wave since 13 Oct, Friday’s bar is certainly considered as a change of character bar, which stops the uptrend from 13 Oct, at least into a trading range (or a reversal to the downside).

Price Structure Context

Context is probably the most important thing we need to look into when analyzing the chart. According to the candlestick pattern books, shooting star or bearish engulfing is bearish, right? Wrong!

If you experience in your trading journey and found that candlestick pattern only works some of the time, it is time to pay attention to the context and the volume on top of the pattern.

Let’s take a closer look at the S&P 500 daily chart below:

S&P 500 daily chart - channel overbought & up thrust

Since 13 Oct, S&P 500 had a climatic rally bumping into overbought of the up channel. Subsequently it formed a trading range. On 22 Nov (last Monday), there was an up thrust happened where the price failed to commit above the resistance level formed by the swing high with increasing supply.

Despite on the next two days, S&P 500 did not have follow through to the downside (even formed demand tails), there were many leadership stocks such as AEHR, $Asana, Inc.(ASAN)$ , $Bill.Com Holdings, Inc.(BILL)$ , $Datadog(DDOG)$ , $Cloudflare, Inc.(NET)$ , $Atlassian Corporation PLC(TEAM)$ , ZS, etc… experienced a steep selloff acted as a change of character on 22 Nov, as mentioned in my private Telegram post — time to be defensive.

Private Telegram Group market update

Distribution Price Targets on P&F Chart

Last Friday’s bearish bar broke below the swing low support around 4620 with increasing of supply even it was a short trading session. This small trading range with tell-tale signs of distribution characteristics has some causes built for larger downward price targets, as shown in the Point and Figure (P&F) chart below.

S&P 500 Point and Figure chart distribution price targets

I would not be surprise if there is more panic selling on Monday since the demand was poor on last Friday and there was fuel in the tank for more downside price targets based on the P&F price targets projection.The first target is 4545, which coincides with the axis line where the previous resistance become support.The second target is around 4440–4470, which is near the previous accumulation structure.

Should the bearish momentum carry the S&P 500 to the price target zone, we need to judge the rebound from there in terms of the price action characteristics and the volume.

As the price is unfolding, it is key to pay attention to the volume together with the behaviors of the price action to anticipate the next direction. This is the only way to judge if it is just a normal market correction or the start of a bear market.

I have locked in some profits and took some loss with early exit on 23–24 Nov and I will continue to tighten the stop for other positions to hold more cash and lighten the portfolio.

Safe trading. If you are day trading the US futures or swing trading for Malaysia and US stocks, do check out my YouTube Channel: Ming Jong Tey for additional videos and resources. @TigerStars Stars 

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