SPY Intraday Sept 25 Shows Triangle and Mega Divergence

Sep 25, 2009: 5:34 PM CST

I wanted to highlight two features or trades from today’s intraday market action – a Descending Triangle Support Break and a “Mega-Divergence” reversal opportunity.

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The 1-min chart often shows structure better than the 5-min chart, though remember to keep the bigger picture in mind and use the 1-min mainly for confirmation/advanced signals (or to take a step ‘inside’ the signals you’re seeing on the 5-min or higher frame).

The morning gave us a contracting range environment that developed into a “Descending Triangle” – the anticipated trade would be to short the support zone or buy upon a break above the upper trendline.

We got that ‘sell short’ signal at 11:00am CST, though price rushed back inside the triangle for a “throw-back” trade (and tight internal bear flag) which actually gave a slightly better entry if you missed the initial break.

The stop would go above the declining trendline, and you would be playing for about a 55 cent target (the height of the triangle… around 5 points in the @ES).

Ultimately, price ran into the daily S1 (Floor Trader Pivot) area, which then formed a “Major” or “super” momentum divergence, particularly into the fresh lows at 12:30 CST.

The divergence and ‘languishing’ price action should have triggered an ‘exit the short’ trade and ‘flip and reverse’ long to play for a potential Trend Reversal (or at least momentum impulse) thanks to the dual Momentum and – more importantly – TICK divergence.

The long/buy trade was successful until we had yet another “Double Divergence” or “Mega/Super Divergence” of the same structure – that of a negative Momentum and TICK divergence into the $104.90 highs.

Today’s action gives a great lesson of a Descending Triangle and two “Mega-Divergence” plays.

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Corey Rosenbloom, CMT


7 Responses to “SPY Intraday Sept 25 Shows Triangle and Mega Divergence”

  1. fml trader Says:

    hi corey

    i just did a quick search on your site but i cant seem to find what exactly you use as your momentum indicator like in the above chart. My momentum indicator in esignal (MOM) is just a blue line without any fill- in or moving avg. in there.

    also what length do u use? Esignal's mom defaults to 10.

  2. sandew Says:

    Browse on few more charts put up by Corey or go back 2 years of article writing – Corey uses MACD 3,10,16 as Momentum oscillator – and he attributes learning it from Linda B.R.

  3. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    Thanks Sandew!

    Exactly – I gave the link for the description in the prior comment. It's an Indicator I learned from Linda Raschke that functions similar to a short-term ROC (rate of change).

  4. Corey Rosenbloom, CMT Says:

    Hi FML,

    It's in the “My Strategies” section:


    I use a customized version in TradeStation, though you can replicate it in any program by inputting 3, 10, 16 into the settings field of the standard MACD indicator.

  5. eachtradingday Says:

    interesting comment on the market actions!

    after the day it looks every day so simple. i hope i can learn faster to see this opportunities at the tradingday and not only after.

    thanks for your inside.


  6. Bob Says:

    Hi Corey,

  7. Bob Says:

    Hi Corey,

    The adjustments of 3,10,16 to the MACD settings are tweaked to perform in a target time frame and give advanced lead on price swings.

    What is the time frame are you optimizing; 5 minute?