S&P 500 Highlights:
- S&P 500 testing top-side trend-line of wedge
- Top and drop, or consolidation pattern?
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The debate continues - is the market topping or consolidating? It could be either, but the broad wedge formation under development could soon give us a definitive answer. The most recent drive off the February 2016 trend-line and 200-day MA has the top-side trend-line of the triangle in play.
We're at a fairly important juncture here in the short-term and possibly big-picture, too. In the short-run, the market runs the risk of another turn lower, but a downturn might not last long as the 2016 trend-line/200-day MA (in confluence) are rising levels of support. The bottom of the triangle lies just below this confluence of support, so even on a slight breakdown there is another line which could keep the market held up.
In either event - whether we see a breakdown confirming a top, or a consolidation pattern leading to higher prices - a little more time for the pattern to tighten up the pattern is ideal. The size of the pattern points to a sizable move of over 300 points from the point of a breakout. A downside break will hold the most violent move.
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S&P 500 Daily Chart (Triangle forming)
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