S&P 500 Update: Bullish Triangle vs Bearish Divergences

The S&P 500 is in the midst of a tug of war between a bullish triangle break out and bearish divergences. Who will win, bulls or bears?

Bullish Triangle

The weekly S&P 500 chart below illustrates the bullish triangle potential. Triangle resistance (now support) is around 2,800. The measured target is calculated by projecting the maximum depth to the up side (dashed green arrows).

Thus far the S&P has held above 2,800, which is the first step towards confirming the triangle. Yet, there is risk of a fake out break out. How so?

Bearish Divergences 

The S&P 500 closed at the highest level since January 29, but underlying breadth has been weaker than price leads us to believe.

The red bar shows that my favorite liquidity indicators (dubbed ‘secret sauce’, more details available here) failed to confirm the new recovery highs.

Admittedly, the bearish divergences could be erased by one strong day, but while alive, risk is elevated.

Bearish Divergences in Context with Technical Analysis

The July 15 Profit Radar Report stated that: “The S&P 500 is at the bottom end of the 2,800 – 2,850 zone, which is filled with resistance levels and open chart gaps. Resistance is at 2,808 (January 16 high), 2,830 (combination of two long-term Fibonacci projection levels), 2,839 (January 31 high), and 2,873 (January 26 high). Chart gaps (which act as magnets) are at 2,812.70 and 2,851.48.”

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The gap at 2,812.70 was closed on July 17. On July 25 the S&P overcome resistance at 2,830 and almost closed the open gap at 2,851.48.

Short-term Outlook

Further gains are possible while above 2,830 (and 2,800), but bearish divergences (while they exist) suggest the risk is elevated.

Long-term Outlook

The longer-term S&P 500 outlook is discussed here

Continued updates are available via the Profit Radar Report.


The chart below shows the bearish divergences leading up to the Nasdaq-100 QQQ top. The left portion shows the projection featured in the July 15 Profit Radar Report, the right portion includes updated price (as of yesterday’s close, before Facebook hit the fan). Bottom line, risk is elevated while trade is below resistance (red line @ 181.80 is Fibonacci projection resistance going back to 2002 low)

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