Fibonacci Tell Few Lies

The eagerly watched for retest (of the prior lows) finally came to fruition on Wednesday of last week. Although, the ER2 (Russell 2000) didn’t quite make it down far enough to touch the recent nadir. This was not the case for the S&P and the Dow. These two benchmarks actually exceeded their prior low points before the Bears finally decided that – enough was enough – and began covering or buying back their short positions. In addition, the market sell-off had gone far enough that the Bulls found a perceived "value area" in which they could put new money to work. This chain of events created a massive order imbalance that precipitated the violent reaction that is the rebound. Much like a rubber band that is stretched to its limit, the reverting is swift.

Was this an oversold bounce before the next shoe is to drop? Or is the correction over, thus setting the stage for a challenge of the February highs? These questions are foremost on the minds of both traders as well as investors.

My take on this is that to get a handle on the future direction of the market, we have to turn our focus to the character of the rebound. What do I mean by this? First, is the recovery rally on higher than the normal Volume? So far, the rebound has been on much lower Volume, which in itself maybe troubling for the Bulls. The lower Volume is symptomatic of a lack of conviction on the part of institutions.

Next, technically the market has to work through all the levels of resistance that were left because of the severity of the sell-off. There are plenty of longs that are trapped because they didn’t exercise proper risk management. These folks now find themselves in the unenviable position of "hoping and praying" that the market continues to rally up to their break-even point, so as to make them whole again.

To get a visual let’s look at some charts. We’ll first direct our focus to the hourly chart of The ER2 (below). What is most noteworthy is the almost uncanny adherence of price to the Fibonacci retracements. Notice the almost perfect rally up to correct 50% of the high-low swing move from the past three weeks. We would need to close above the 61.8 % retracement to technically change the intermediate term trend from bearish to bullish.

For a longer term perspective let’s take a glance at a weekly continuation chart of the same ER2.

As was the case with the smaller time frame, take notice of the similar price reaction to the Fibs. You can’t ask for any more perfection than that! This is a great example of the self-fulfilling prophecy at work.

For a trader, Fibonacci retracements can be a useful tool. They can be utilized as a way to measure the strength or weakness of a rally. In a strong rally the pull-backs should be shallow (no more then 38%) before a resumption of the trend. Conversely, the line in the sand is a correction of no more then 61.8%.

The FOMC meets this week, and of course, all eyes will be on the statement realized around 11:15 PST. A small minority of traders believe that the recent mortgage melt-down will be enough impetus for the fed to ease, but most are resigned to the fact that Interest Rates will remain unchanged. Generally, it is not advisable to trade amid this report. The market goes through a sequence of wild gyration immediately following the release of the report and then tends to settle into a direction. This is when you will get a higher probability trade to set-up.

The Bottom line: The Bulls are still not out of the woods yet. The Fed decision this Wednesday may play a role in determining the future direction of the market. In the very short-term the market has rallied right up to some significant resistance (800 on ER2), albeit on light Volume. I’ll be monitoring these price levels very closely and will become more aggressive on the long side, if we can break above the 800 level. But as always, I will let the market decide.

Gabe Velazquez is a professional trader with 14 years of experience. His focus is intra-day and swing trading the ER2 (Russell 2000 e-mini) using technical analysis as his primary tool. Gabe has managed both stocks and futures accounts as well as conducted educational seminars on technical analysis for the past ten years. He is a frequent guest on Biz radio, where he shares his market knowledge and utilization of technical indicators. Gabe also teaches the 5 day E-mini course for Online Trading Academy.


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Oct 1, 2006
then again i am not suprised that low level traders believe in this nonsense
I'm not sure if you either i) provoking a reaction or ii) don't understand how to use Fibonacci.

If it's the latter, I'd respectfully suggest that you do further research into the discovery of the fibonacci sequence and of the many top traders who use fibonacci when trading.
May 26, 2007
Magic Numbers

magic numbers = fibonacci

it is all pie in the sky, another useless indicator it means nothing
Jun 5, 2007
Hi, then it's easy for every of you to describe what fibonacci personally helps your trades?
Please give some examples.


Well-known member
Oct 7, 2005
mmm, guess it is like having a hammer. dont think everything is a nail, because the hammer wont work all the time.



Active member
Nov 9, 2006
magic numbers = fibonacci

it is all pie in the sky, another useless indicator it means nothing
Can I presume you are not an exponent of Technical Analysis ? What do you use to give yourself clues as to the possible next move when trading ?


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Jan 1, 2006
Can I presume you are not an exponent of Technical Analysis ? What do you use to give yourself clues as to the possible next move when trading ?

Can you explain why 50% is used in a "Fibonacci" level? That makes no sense!
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Mar 25, 2007
Hi, the only issue I have with this article is that it seems people were looking for a more detailed explanation of Fibonacci. There are a ton of websites and books that explain the Fib Levels, so why repeat here.

This article was a good. It points to how many people saw the market at the time... Indecision. Fibonacci can not show where markets will turn etc... but do offer possible areas for retracements and projections. A bit of study, and you will find that, as Gabe says in the article title, Fibonacci Tells Few Lies.

Nice one Gabe.