I think it’s safe to say that everyone knows the markets are manipulated… but during options expiry week we tend to see prices move beyond key resistance and support levels during times of light volume which triggers/shakes traders out of their positions.
Trading during low volume sessions Pre/Post holidays for swing traders or between 11:30am – 3:00pm ET for day traders tends have increased volatility and false breakouts. This happens because the market markets for individual stocks can slowly walk the prices up and down beyond short term support and resistance levels simply because there is a lack of participation in the market.
SP500 4 Hour Candlestick Chart
That being said, the chart below of the SPY (SP500 ETF) shows that last Thursday, (the day before Friday options expiry) the put call ratio was showing extreme bullishness. I also mentioned that we should expect a pop of 0.5 -2% in the next 24 hours as big guys will try to shake everyone out of their short positions (put options).
The put/call ratio indicator at the bottom of this chart is a contrarian indicator. When it shows that everyone has jumped to the bullish side, the big money knows its about time to change the direction so they can cash in at premium price levels.
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