I see a lot of posts talking about how this or that rally (usually) or decline (less frequently) aren't "real" or are somehow the result of "manipulation". Unless you have some secret kind of trading account that pays you double if you make a trade on a "real" move, who cares? The thing that should or should not make a move "real" or "fake" is if it triggers your rules to enter or exit a trade. If you're looking for some other kind of validation of your views of the market, you should probably not be trading with real money because you'll ultimately end up "revenge trading" it all away. I recently had to sit with no position through a couple of nice declines that would, in hindsight, have been excellent short trades, but, since neither of them triggered a trade for me, I ignored them. I didn't say they weren't "real" moves, only that they weren't actionable for me. I eventually did get my short trade and it worked just fine, even if it took a little longer for the trigger to arrive than I originally would have guessed.