SPY Expectations For The Rest Of September


  • Over the past 28 years, the SPY has gained an average of 3.45% in 15 of those years; it has fallen by 6.42% in the other 13 years.
  • The critical support level for SPY is 332.85. If the SPY finds support at this level then you can expect continued, moderate price increases.
  • Prepare for a moderate increase in volatility for the rest of September – watch the VIX.

My research team and I have been pouring over the charts in an effort to attempt to identify any support or weakness related to the increase in volatility over the past 7+ trading days.  The VIX is currently at 29.71 after reaching a high of 38.28.  We believe the increased price volatility is here to stay – at least through the end of 2020.  This means skilled technical traders should prepare for some potentially large and aggressive price swings over the next few weeks and months.


As we come to September 11, 2020, and reflect on the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we become more centered on what really matters in life for most of us – family, friends, health, safety, and opportunity.  Even though we near a potential rotation in the market, we must never lose focus on these most essential components of our lives.  Money, trading, and investing are all things that can be regained and rebuilt.  Time, family, friends, community, security, and health are either impossible or extremely difficult to recover, so always keep your eye on the true prize. Now, onto the technical analysis work…

September has traditionally been a moderately weak month of trading over the past 28 years.  Over this span of time, 15 of the 28 years resulted in positive price activity on the SPY averaging +3.45%.  The remaining 13 of these 28 years resulted in negative price activity on the SPY averaging -6.42%.  This suggests that nearly 53% of the past 28 years have resulted in a moderate upside price move on the SPY while 47% of the time, the SPY moved lower by a greater magnitude.

Our data mining application reported the following results for the month of September going back over 28 years of data:


Largest Monthly gain: +8.819999999999993
Largest Monthly loss: -15.420000000000016

Total Monthly Gains: 51.75497000000003 across 15 bars
Avg = 3.45

Total Monthly Losses: -83.43061999999998 across 13 bars
Avg = -6.42

Total Monthly Sum: -31.675649999999948 across 28 bars


Because the negative price activity is larger in scope than the positive price activity, we believe any downside price move in the month of September could be more aggressive, especially given the increased VIX/volatility we are currently seeing.  Thus, any big breakdown in the SPY, below the recent lows near 332.85, could cascade into larger price declines.

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The technicals show a bullish trend for the markets with current price weakness to be shallow and weak, however, we remain cautious and a deeper price breakdown could quickly change the trend and our forward expectations. We have been warning for months that 2020 and 2021 should be full of wild price swings and big trends – yet we believe the current upside price trend is still intact and the recent downside price rotation is nothing more than a moderate price correction.

The Daily SPY chart below highlights the current support levels near 332.85 that are critical to continued Fibonacci support.  A breakdown below this 332.85 price level suggests deeper Fibonacci support levels may become new targets in the near future.  These lower targets are currently near 270.40 and 234.85. 

Again, to be very clear, we are still technically in a Bullish price trend from a purely technical perspective.  We are cautious of the fragility of this upside/Bullish price trend and believe some price volatility is warranted after the past 5+ months of an upside price rally.  Currently, our Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling system is suggesting the 332.85 level is critical price support.  We need to see this level hold in order for price to recover to the upside fairly quickly.

In summary, be thankful for all that you do have in your life right now as we remember our fallen heros from 9/11.  You must also be prepared for a potentially wild September month as historical price activity has shown that September can result in either a moderate upside price move or a much bigger downside price trend.  Given the past price rally and the current start to September 2020, watch the support levels closely and be prepared for increased volatility.

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Chris Vermeulen
Chief Market Strategist
Technical Traders Ltd.

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