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Further To Fall On The S&P 500

09/29/08 12:05:51 PM
by James Kupfer

As I write this, the S&P 500 is down more than 3% to 1172. With the broad market continuing to fall, when might we see some relief?

Security:   S&P 500
Position:   Sell

As seen on the weekly S&P chart in Figure 1, it is clear that we are in an established downtrend. I've drawn two trendlines on this chart, both in purple. Both are drawn using either the highs or lows, as I tend to do that instead of using closing prices. If you overlay the trendlines they both have almost an identical slope, which is relatively common. In this instance, they create a nicely defined channel in which future price action can be expected to occur within.

FIGURE 1: S&P 500, WEEKLY. The two trendlines on this chart are both drawn using either highs or lows. If they are overlaid, you would see that they both have almost an identical slope.
Graphic provided by: Wealth-Lab.
Also shown on the chart are two additional features. The first are the Fibonacci retracement levels drawn from the September 2002 lows to the recent market top. We have clearly already broken through the initial support at 38.2%. The market did drop through the 50% retracement, but then bounced above it. Next comes the 61.8% retracement level that is still significantly below the market's current price levels. The other chart feature is the dark green line drawn at the August 2004 low.

Given that it is improbable that the market will hold the 50% retracement level support zone, we need to identify the next likely zone for a bounce. In my estimation, the next logical zone is where the 61.8% Fibonacci level and the August 2004 bounce coincide at roughly 1070. Assuming this occurs over the next few weeks, I think we are likely to also see the bottom (purple) channel line having extended itself down to this same price zone as well. That convergence of three levels of support would provide a natural place for prices to reverse, if only for a few weeks or months.

James Kupfer

Mr. Kupfer is a market professional and amateur stock market commentator. Disclosure: It is likely that Mr. Kupfer has or will enter a position in any security he writes about.

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