Although the plain S&P 500 chart is looking strong, there is one deceptive simple warning signal called the ‘hanging man.’ The hanging man is generally bearish, because it represents weakening demand for stocks.
The S&P 500 closed with a ‘hanging man candle.’ What is it and what does this mean?
As the imposing title implies, the hanging man title (from now on abbreviated as HMC) is bearish. It looks exactly the same as a ‘hammer’ candle. The only difference is that hammer candles appear in a down trend, HMCs appear in an up trend.
HMC looks like a dangling hanging man, hammer or umbrella (see S&P 500 chart below). It reflects a trading day where sellers initially pushed prices lower.
Despite buyers coming in to end the session higher, it is a sign of selling pressure (it doesn’t matter if the candle body is green or red).
Martin Pring’s book on technical analysis states that: “If a hanging man appears after a prolonged upmove, it should be treated with respect.”
As with any other candle formation, the hanging man is a warning sign that requires confirmation. In itself, it should not be treated as sell signal.
A ‘deep tissue’ look at the S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) confirms the rudimentary hanging man warning signal. Since its technical break out on May 23 selling pressure has been building and buying power decreasing.
This weakening is occurring just as the S&P 500 (and particularly the Dow Jones, Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000) approach key resistance levels.
Here’s a closer look at market internals not discussed by the financial media:
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