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VIX Intraday Crash Update!

The VIX rocket move perfectly reflects the fear that was present in the SP500 and the fear gage is starting to dissipate for now. Of course, if the bigger bearish scenario is alive, then the VIX should find a bottom, followed by another leg up.  This leg up could produce another complete set of 5 waves up, but not before a good correction has taken place.  This may not happen until the VIX settles at the previous bottom of the 4th wave position.  Just below that is a big gap that is still open, so this open gap has a good chance of also getting filled with this trip down. Just under $15 would close the gap which can repel the VIX to soar again.

Higher lows also have to dominate as well to help confirm that the VIX is still in a bull market.


E-Mini SP500: Impending Rally Update?

Talk about a great downside breakout, but the angle of this present decline has been very steep.  Some counter rally is due, which could trigger all the “Buy” stops.   Usually the spikes get retraced, if a small 5th wave move has just completed. A fast move back up to the 2720 price level at the 4th wave peak, could also happen.  If this potential wave 2 rally happens, then we need wave 3-4-5 to play out.

That might get us to wave 1 in Minute degree. I will keep some of these updates rather short as when markets change directions, violence can ensue.

The US dollar would also see a rally, if stocks suddenly reversed on some “good”news. If any so called “good” news comes out and stocks hardly move, then any rally will be a fake and then die just as fast. Continuously getting lower highs, is just a bull market in reverse, at least for some of the 5 wave sequences.

Nasdaq Also Having A Bad Hair Day!

The Nasdaq also carried on with its bearish decline which is dominated by the big four monsters called the” FANG” stocks.  FB is the worst and leading the way while FB, and GOOG may have completed their tops. AMZN is one stock that is still hanging on for dear life.

The Nasdaq is also on a different wave count, so out of the 5 I cover I have two wave counts that are dramatically different. In the end it may mean the difference of a few weeks when all indices start to bottom.  I have two downside breakout lines drawn out and each one can provide temporary support, but ultimately will not hold if the bigger bearish picture has taken hold. Total retracement below the 6200 price level would be required, but in a Cycle degree correction any bearish move will crush the markets. The majority will call it a bear market, but from a Cycle degree perspective, it’s just a correction, a “Big” correction.

Any market that has corrected in the past,  has always seen the markets push higher once the bull market resumes.

Ultimately the Nasdaq could fall below the 2011 lows, which is around the 2000 point level.

Mini SP500: Having A Bad Hair Day!

For a brief time investors were indifferent to any rate increase, but they were already bearish well before the announcement on Wednesday. We also have a great looking H&S top which can give us a very ominous sign, that can also work as a brick wall. At very tops in bull markets H&S are not bullish indicators like they were during most of the 2009-2018 bull market. In a bull market the right shoulder would constantly break higher!

For the first part the February bottom must get completely retraced to kill the idea that this rally is not part of the bull market. It is the Mini DJIA that has a different count, but it will also do what all the other indices will do, and that is to head south!  What that means is that the SP500 can bottom a bit later than what the DJIA might do. This all could smooth out as any trend gets more established.

The love affair for big tech stocks is starting to wane, being anti Facebook is going to be the thing to do as privacy issues are a concern. Investors are finding out how those “FANG” stocks can get clawed to death by the market bears.

Mini Sp500 Intraday Update

Nothing has changed radically in the last few days as the markets have not made a convincing move just yet. Any Fed announcement could still send the markets soaring. Any diagonal 4th wave bottom could still be developing.  We have a H&S top which does not inspire me to keep a very bullish outlook, but hopefully by the end of the week this mediocre movie will show its true colors.   Many analysts are calling for a correction with many different price projections being forecast.

My question is, “How Big Of A Correction”?  We have hundreds and even thousands of corrections in a bull market so knowing what degree of correction is critical. I’m looking for a Cycle degree correction, which could eventually take the SP500 back down to the 800 price level.  When the SP500 ever gets there, I’m sure all the experts will no longer call it a “correction”, but they will call it a full blown “bear market”.

We can have crashes without bear markets just like the 1987 crash. In 1930 the markets started a bear market that took two years to bottom so any comparable move could also take just a few years.  There is no logic to time when using degree levels as we had a Primary degree correction that took 4 years and a Supercycle correction that only took 3 years! All  my stock market wave counts are based on finding the 5 waves in Cycle degree because without them, we have no hope of of moving into the world of SC degree wave counting.  I spent years, counting the markets in SC degree, but when we were all missing huge bull markets then this raised some serious questions.

I switched to Cycle degree counting in 2013 and I have not found any need to switch again. We can dick around with wave position gymnastics  at the smallest degree level, but they mean nothing if we keep missing bull markets.

This market has to produce lower highs, and lower lows with all rallies having a limited life span. This is how conventional wisdom is called a bear market.


My updates are going to be sporadic this week as I have many other things that need my attention, but I will update when I can.

Mini-SP500 Intraday Gyrations Upate

At this time it looks like I will have to run different wave counts in about 3 out of 5 indices. The wave counts are dramatically different with the tradeable contracts than from the indexes, which only move during the day. Futures that are traded have a wild and wooly look and feel that can distort the wave counts.  It could all smooth out a bit, which I have noticed in other future contacts as well.

This Mini SP500 contract did not travel to a new record high which I can’t use as a truncated 5th wave, but it must belong to the bigger bearish phase already.  There could be some real violent moves in both directions later this week as any Fed announcement can send markets into a dizzy spin.  I will not be happy until this market takes out all the lows of last month, but it could rest just before any downside breakout may occur.

Wave 2 in Minor degree may be finished and I’m sure I don’t need to draw out the rest of the move. By weeks end things could be different if diagonal wave structures are involved. It’s still too early to tell if a big flat or a big zigzag will dominate, but the big triangle can still be ignored at this time. We don’t have enough time before solar cycle #25 starts, for any triangle to completely play out.

I’m bearish no matter what we get, even though I may turn bullish at some counter rallies.

Nasdaq Intraday Record High Now Visable In The Rear View Mirror!

Finally the markets have started to succumb to bearish forces again. It started last week and now looks to carry on with its bearish trend until at least after the Fed announcement this week. The white elephants in the Nasdaq, like Facebook, also managed to execute a swan dive this morning.

I will also be forced to move my Cycle degree peak over, but I will wait on that until this decline starts to pick up more steam.  Those who have never done any historical stock market research will repeat all the mistakes of the past, thinking that markets can’t crash when the fundamental analysts paint us a rosy picture.  Hate to break it to you, but markets always end when the majority think it can’t. When those two words like “New Era” get regurgitated by all the parrots in the world, then the big party is over.

Back at the peak in 2000, the new era mantra was also repeated many times, so it’s nothing I haven’t heard or read about before.  In Britain and the USA it was called the “Canal Age”, until the railroads came along and produced the new age of train travel. When the majority call it a great new age, then it is usually over and a market crash ensues with recessions or even depressions. In 2007 they had no clue that a recession was coming, but it sure arrived in a hurry.

Then, under the worst fundamental conditions, like in late 2008 the market turned by early March 2009 and then soared for another full 8 or so years.

The other indices have to follow and until they make a clear effort to join the bearish party, I use caution just incase we have another fake correction.

Russell 2000 Daily Chart Review

Is the bull market “choppy enough” for you? We are looking at a 5th wave run, which is one of the main locations that diagonal wave structures seemed to pop out of nowhere.  When we run into a diagonal bullish phase, then it should be a big clue that we are also in a 5th wave. Any location that contains a 5th wave, we can find diagonals.

In the EWP book they are called ending diagonals, and once they are played out the 5th wave will come to an end. In the real world these diagonal 5th waves can and travel at speeds and heights unimaginable, but they happen. They happen more frequently than we think, as they can go vertical as well. From my perspective, diagonal waves give us a big clue, that we are somewhere in a 5th wave.

In this case we have to go back to the 2015 bearish phase, which was a 4th wave correction.

The Russell 2000 is just short of breaking to a new record, but we must see if this gets confirmed next week. I think there is a Fed rate announcement coming up next week, so all hell could break loose in the short term.

It’s a new moon and St Patrick’s day this Saturday, so we will see lots of “green”. That’s better than seeing “red”,  so enjoy your St Patrick’s day because stocks could be changing color this month.

I only used the bottom trend line, and each touching point can be a temporary resting spot in a bigger bearish phase. More and more experts are coming up with bigger bearish forecasts, one which says a 40% correction is on the way.  What happens if this impending correction turns into a 70-80% correction?

When any real bottom comes then the Russell 2000 will be important,  as it shows a much bigger bottom base at the 350-300 price level. It’s not going to go to zero folks, no matter how bearish, the crowd will be at that time.

When we get closer to the start of solar cycle #25 then watch out, as the up cycle of any solar cycle can be an extremely effective “Bear Market Terminator”.

Longer term, I don’t see rates exploding in a fit of madness because when the recession comes, they will be forced to lower rates again.

The 30-day Fed fund rate charts will give us a clue when the fed starts to pause.  If the fed stays “flat” for a year or so, then this is also a potential clue that rates have gone far enough.

SP500 Midcap Intraday Update

This SP500 Micap chart has also stopped well short of making a new record high. What I have looks like another zigzag rally, but I can change the “A” wave in Minute degree, so we end up with an expanded pattern instead.  We have two strong bottoms that eventually must get retraced to help to confirm that the bigger bearish cycle is in play.  There is no guarantee that we will get a flat in this Cycle degree correction, as a big zigzag could be another option as well. If a Cycle degree zigzag is the case, then the wave 1 in Minor degree can become wave 1 in Intermediate degree.

One good thing is that we have a single peak to count from, as no double top even came close. With the Russell 2000 it’s not that obvious, as it is very close to a double top. At this time it can also work as an inverted wave 2, but one little spike to a new record high will instantly trash it’s wave count.

Mini SP500 Intraday Update: Tired Of Playing the Nasdaq Game?

These futures contracts are far more violent than the SP500 index  charts that I have posted. It’s like they come from two different planets. In February we have two major bottoms, but when we switch to line type settings,  that wave 1 in Minor degree is much longer.

What must be obvious is that we have another lower high since the January peak and if we draw a line across this first lower high, we get a H&S pattern rolling over as well. Looking for lower highs too early in the game doesn’t always work, especially when we are dealing with a 4th wave.

As I post the markets are still heading down so my wave counts may have a longer life span at this time.

The Gold/SP500 ratio hit 2.0:1 which means it takes two gold ounces to buy one unit of the Mini Sp500.  I have many readings at this ratio, which tells me the markets are smashing up against a ratio brick wall. A cheap ratio would get closer to .75:1, so this ratio would have a long way to compress before we even get close when this market becomes oversold again.

I may switch to any ESY00 or even the SPY00 charts  more often to get a different perspective.

High Flying Nasdaq Getting Too Close To The Sun!

At the rate that this Nasdaq keeps pushing higher, Investors should be careful not to get their wings singed. Yesterday the Nasdaq peaked at about 7210 before it started into another decline. I show two trend lines, but they mean little as the markets spill well outside the top trend line. Due to the choppy pattern most of these patterns do not form between pretty trend lines, but they act more like zigzags.

I believe the run that started from the middle of last month is all part of a bigger diagonal 5th wave move, but we need more evidence that a bigger decline is coming.  The earliest sign would be when the bottom trend line gets sliced in two.  After that we  have two price bottoms that need to get completely retraced.  The February 9th bottom of 6200 ended with a set of diagonal 5 waves. We may have to wait until the Nasdaq falls to the February bottom, before we get all excited about the beginnings of a major bear market.

The longer this all takes to start, the steeper the angle of the decline should happen. Last month the solar cycle sunspot activity increased which also buys us more time before any early bottom solar cycle bottom.

The Gold/Nasdaq ratio managed to squeeze out another new record, smashing up against the 5:1 barrier 4-5 times this year already.

This acts like a brick wall on the bigger scope of things, and it will do the same when we get to the next major bottom. Just like the Nasdaq gave us a different 2000-2002 crash, this time I’m sure that the Nasdaq is going to give the wave counting crowd, surprises never encountered before. By charging too a new record high, the Nasdaq is now walking to a different drummer, again.

This forces me to  start looking for a new set of 5 declining waves in the coming few weeks or so.

The SP500 and the Dow 30 are still well behind the Nasdaq, and Trump would have to pull off an amazing feat, to get those two to catch up to the Nasdaq.

Mini DJIA Intraday Review: Still Lagging Behind

The DJIA is one index that is still running well behind the Nasdaq and others. The Nasdaq is the only index that has traveled to new record highs, but others are catching up, or getting close. I also switched to a line type chart, but this also changes any wave counts, I may be working at the time. If the DJIA is still going to play catch up, then it still needs more time to accomplish this task.

One burst of energy could push the DJIA to my top trend line, which would definitely force another wave count review.  I have some very questionable short term moves, that I don’t like, but those are the things that eventually need to be resolved.

The three trend line angles, is based on the bottom line, and the middle line helps to outline one degree lower wave patterns. We have the new moon coming on Saturday, and many times moves correspond with expiration dates closest to the 10th and 21st of each month.

Until this market displays a sustained decline like Bitcoin has been doing, then the end of the bull market is questionable in the short term.

President Trump is doing everything in his power to keep this bull market going, but sometimes bull markets end out of pure exhaustion, with nobody left to get in. Remember the idiots that love to buy high have to find other suckers to sell to,  and one day those greater fools will not show up. It must be a new bunch that has no clue what “Technical Analysis” or “TA” even is. The concept of contrarian thinking is completely absent in todays world, but from an EWP perspective, we must never forget any contrarian thinking.

When we do forget, we don’t see it “coming”so we miss all the market crashes and impending bull markets. Investors that think that bear market’s like 2001 and 2008, should never happen, are living in a delusional dream world, or they just arrived from a different planet. Of course, if a new group of aliens is buying into this market, then they also did not listen to or record earth’s market history.

The Gold/DJIA ratio spread increased a bit to 19.44:1 which makes it more expensive when compared to gold. About 21:1 is my top ratio record, which will be hard to beat.

No market stays permanently high, as they do wear out the participants if players are no longer make any gains. It’s been about 6-7 weeks already where the crowd that got in, in January, have made no gains or just stayed even.

Global Dow 9 Year Bear Rally?

Do you believe in a 9 year bear market rally or 9 year diagonal wave structures?  This pattern has broken the mold in that the 2007 bull market stretched like a rubber band. It took the same amount of time to play out, but it sure extended or stretched.

Just because it’s a “big and tall” move, does not mean we have to slip into a higher degree. In fact, it’s just the smaller degrees that are coming out of hiding in a Minor degree run. There are still 6 degree levels that can pop out of nowhere, which can screw up any  wave count.

The GDOW 2002-2007 bull market is the exact same degree as all the 5 other indices I cover. At first glance the 2007-2009 decline looks like a great looking 5 wave impulse, but once the 2009 bullish phase started, the pattern started to fall apart in an obvious fashion.

You can’t have a record “B” wave top in a single zigzag correction, but in a flat you can.

We can easily get fooled into believing that this 9 year bullish phase is just a big “B” wave in Cycle degree! As a wave analyst, I always look for diagonal waves, and I see the potential for a diagonal 5th wave. Better yet an ending diagonal would make a much better fit.

During the early 2009 decline, I see a small ending diagonal as well. As long as similar patterns are separated by at least one degree, I would allow the count.

This GDOW also did not crash below 2002 lows which 4 other indices did. This means that in the event of a Cycle degree  wave 4 crash, this GDOW can travel well below 2009 price levels. If we end up with a Primary degree flat, then this would help my case but it sure will destroy any potential 5 wave decline in Primary degree.

To put it mildly, I have never encountered a 9 year bear market rally before, and I think it’s a false assumption that we are in one. This blog is  about finding “All” the 5 waves in a Cycle degree sequence, because without finding them first you will “Never” get into the brave new world of Supercycle degree.

To put it very bluntly, if wave analysts start off  looking for 5 waves down in Primary degree, then those analysts think they are in SC degree already.

I will not make the GDOW wave count a regular thing, but it deserves watching when a new bearish bottom has arrived.

Nasdaq New World Record Highs!

As I’m posting the Nasdaq has hit 7111 already and there still seems to be some momentum behind this move. All other indices I cover need to play catch up, but we know that the Nasdaq can march to a different drummer. In the end we may end up with a completely different wave count, for now.

The February decline sure can fit as a single 5 wave decline which could be part of an expanded top. From the February bottom I believe we have another diagonal wave structure, which created the new record high this morning. Everything seems to be rosy for the majority of investors again as chances are good this, “Tariff War” was just a lot of hype, or any real tariffs on steel and aluminum don’t matter much.

Since the late 2015 bottom we had a massive 5th wave extension which borders on being a diagonal wave structure.  In our EWP book they call it an “Ending Diagonal” but they do not count out the zigzags that make up any diagonal move.  The 4th wave in Intermediate degree is one warning, and a diagonal 5th wave is another, so this ethusium will get replaced by pessimism again.

One thing good about this new top, is that it hasn’t created a double or even triple top. When we do get them, then it is much harder because we have to work out where the decline starts from. In a Cycle degree zigzag, we can’t have the markets soar to new highs, as that breaks every rule in the book, but flat corrections sure can produce “B” wave highs, before they plunge.

DJIA Intraday Gyrations Update

The indices I cover make 3 month jumps, so when the March contracts finish,  I have to jump to June 2018 contracts. This chart is the first I will post in the new June contracts. (YMM18). Trading is a bit thin with this June month, but it should pick up in another two weeks.

I’m keeping my wave counts that would work for a Cycle degree zigzag correction. If this is not true, then eventually this wave count will get trashed, but it would also eliminate 2 out of three possible Cycle degree corrections. Any 1-2-3 declining wave count can be identical to any A-B-C zigzag, so until we get to the “C”or “3” wave count I can use my “B”wave top. The February 9th down spike you see is an erroneous spike, because it disappears with line type settings.

What gets me is that the DJIA secondary bottom of February looks truncated, which I have a problem with. It looks worse when I switch into line type settings.  These erroneous spikes, seemed to be computer generated due to the fact they happen so fast.

The rally is still going as I post and I would like to see that open gap closed before these markets resume any downside. All of my March contracts all registered Gaps, so it’s not an isolated event. (The Gary Cohon Dip) It would be fantastic if the gap ended up being closed, but still short of breaking out to another higher high. Trade war fears are not going to go away as they are part of the changing  fundamentals. Trump has made it pretty clear as he was always talking about tariffs and duties, so we should not be surprised at what is happening now.

The EU has threatened retalator attacks on US exports that are targeted at president Trumps heartland voter support. That is a very direct attack on Trump supporters as their jobs woud be on the line.  Fundamentals keep the masses entertained, but in the end if a big Cycle degree bear market is coming, it matters little what fundamental reasoning they use. Fundamentals will change like the wind and it will drive you nuts trying to make decisions based on fundamentals. In January 2018 the herd was extremely bullish as they bought into this “New Era” hype, and now two months later we hear lots of bearish news. When forecasting a price crash, before it happens, we would also be forecasting that fundamentals will change.

The idea that we always have to remind readers that markets never go down in a straight line is ridiculous, as that would only apply to investors that have never seen a financial chart before.

Mini SP500 Intraday Bullish Phase Review

Those investors that have no clue that bearish rallies can soar for years and travel much further than even a 61% move will make, will always get fooled when jumping on every rally with the fear of missing out.

The markets are still in nosebleed territory, as they are having difficulty in deciphering this “trade war” that we keep hearing about. The mass media just loves the idea of a trade war, and you can tune into any financial blog and chances are good they will be talking about the impending trade war.  A bear market constantly needs lower highs to develop, which any 5 wave decline will produce.

Big “B” wave rallies will be harder to accept as even they could rally 80% or more.  Markets will always try and fool the majority, and when they go down, they blame it on manipulation. It seems that everyone has forgotten the 2007-2008 market crash, or they think  the markets should never go down. I feel very confident in saying, that in the future we will see many more bear markets yet.

Many investors think that markets should never go down, so when they do go down, they will blame the decline on something else. God help us if we have such stupid investors out there, that actually think that markets never go down. Buying high, betting on that it goes much higher will always get you into a bull trap sooner or later.  There are still too many stock bulls around that are foaming at the mouth, just waiting for this crazy melt-up that they feel will surely come.

This vertical melt-up has already happened, which started in early 2016 from the 1800 price level. At a bare minimum the SP500 bear market should completely retrace that 1800 target. This still amounts to a mere bee sting in a Cycle degree world.  We can have crashes without bear markets with the 1987 crash, being a prime example. That crash was over in a few short months, with no real bear market that followed.

Now the 1929-1932 decline had a crash followed by a 2 year bear market and that market crash was also triggered by a trade war.

If the markets are over on the bearish side, then lower lows will be the trend and the impending 1800 price level will never hold. Even the SP500 1000 price level will get crushed in the next few years,. Investors are going to find out the hard way how investing for the long term works with this impending bear market.

I show a “B” wave top and I’m using it to either confirm or trash a big Cycle degree zigzag. I’m very confident at this time that we are not going to get a Cycle degree triangle, as solar cycle #25 will kill that idea pretty quick. I’m sure that betting against the sun in 2020, will keep investors in a mega bear trap, as the markets start to soar for a 500% gain.

SP500 Intraday Rally Review

This week may be the last week, that any March contracts will be finished, after which I have to jump to June contracts with most of the indices I cover.  From Friday’s decline the markets found some joy and soared in hopes things will not be as bad as it seems. As long as the media is conducting a trade war, the chances for the markets to go down outnumber and reason that that this market should go up!

Trade war fears are not going to go away, as this kind of action has worldwide domino repercussions. 30-Day Fed Fund rates still have downside potential, which means that rate increases, are still to come during 2018.

We need the markets to clearly show lower highs, but these can happen in any 4th wave as well. This is what happened in the  2015 correction.  If another small degree wave 2 rally is in progress, then the SP500 cannot go higher than my “B” wave in Minor degree.  (Blue).  This “B” wave I’m showing is the start of a potential zigzag in intermediate degree.

This would be the start of a Cycle degree zigzag wave 4 correction, which the majority of analysts will call a “bear market”.

We can have market crashes without the bear market, as that is exactly what happened in the crash of 1987. The 87 crash was over in a few short months, but it sure will take longer in today’s markets. The 87 crash was only a Minor degree wave 3 crash, which the majority of wave analysts have used as a Primary degree crash. My 1987 crash Minor degree wave count,  is a “Full” 2 degrees lower, in what the experts have used.

These contracts that trade during the night, do produce some erroneous spikes that don’t show up, when switching this chart into line type charts.  The markets are still heading higher as I post, but we can take a bit more. We just can’t clear the “B” wave in Minor degree.

30-Day Fed Fund Rate 1989-2017 Review

I have been looking at the 30-Day Fed Funds futures charts. Fed fund rate is the interest rate charged between banks and by the looks of the past pattern this rate has a huge impact on the stock market and gold. Years ago I saw a chart made by Elliott Wave International (EWI) and they simply said that the “fed” just follows the 30-Day Fed Funds rate. The Fed raises rates, when the 30-Day rate allows them to.

The top line at the 100 price level would represent the Fed is giving the money away, which technically should never happen. We can see that there are small sideways movements with some lasting a bit more than a year where they do nothing. This “do nothing” time period is the start of major reversals in monetary policy.  The patterns of the moves look very “square” or flat, opening small gaps along the way.

The bottom trend line is drawn to give us some perspective, but it does not mean that the rate increases will crash that far down.

I will be looking at and posting the Fed fund rate a bit more often, and one key thing to look for is when the Fed skips rate increases for 2-3 meetings and produce a flat bottom.

For the longest period of time of about 5-6 years the Fed did nothing but then started rate operations in 2015. Of course the stock market went wild and for a year the stock market didn’t like it.  By 2016 the markets soared again, but by late January 2018, investors had enough, and they proceeded to sell off as rates were not going down. I think these rate increase cycle will end, and the Fed will have to start easing again.

When that happens then the stock market could start to soar again. This is not going to happen overnight or next week, as I would like to see the commercial traders net long positions become biased to the long side.

In last week’s 30-Day COT report, the commercial traders  positions were about as net neutral as I have seen. (1:1) Until the commercials net long positions increase dramatically, the Fed rate increases should keep coming.  We don’t know if a flat bottom will form this time, but past bottoms suggests a flat bottom will form. If they do nothing for a year or more, then a reversal of rate policy should happen.

When we look at the Euro Dollar chart, it looks just like the 30-Day Fed fund rate. Commercials in the Euro Dollar have shifted into a net long position by a wide margin so they don’t think the rate increases will last for a long run.

There will be no Elliott Wave counts that I will produce with this Fed fund rate, because 100 is the glass ceiling of “zero percent”.  Think of it as a,  “bullet proof” glass ceiling!

Mini SP500 Intraday Crash Update!

I’m showing a Minor degree “AB” wave with the “B” wave ending just before the end of February. This was also a full moon date and the news about the president Trumps war on cheap imports, became front blog page news.  They couldn’t find a fundamental reason why the markets should crash as all the fundamentals were still bullish.  They sure have their fundamental reasoning now!

Fundamentals are lagging indicators not leading, indicators so any bearish news would pick up the declines intensity.  This “B” wave that I labeled, would belong to a set of diagonal 5 waves down in Intermediate degree, which can only work if this Cycle degree crash turns into a zigzag. I may run this for the month of March, or until it gets trashed, whichever comes first.

The recent talk about steel and aluminum import duties that president Trump has started, has brought this to the front pages. This has all happened before folks. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of June, 17, 1930 was the last time a tariff war was conducted and it was one of the main causes of the 1929 crash and 193o-1932 bear market decline. At that time the markets gyrated everytime the Tariff Act was discussed in Congress, which was well documented in the book on “How The World Works” by Jude Wanniski.

Will this all produce a “depression”? I say “no” because in order for that to happen the US dollar needs to charge up into a major bullish phase and all stocks “and” commodities would have to crash down together!  All prices must get cheaper as the US dollar would increase in purchasing power.

With Jerome Powell indicating that three rate increases are still coming this year, this combination of bad fundamental news was enough to give the kiss of death to a bull market. Sometimes I use the 30 and 90 day simple moving averages on 90 minute charts which gives you many “Death and Golden Crosses”.

With a 30-90 day setting, we can see the Death Cross happening much sooner than when we use any 50-200 day SMA. There was one Golden Cross last month, and in March we now have another Death Cross!  Of course, this all becomes unreliable if I make any changes in any of my settings. Right now the SP500 is approaching the 30 day SMA, which could produce some resistance. With a 50-200 SMA my search for Death Crosses on daily charts has been largely a futile effort.  I think if they showed up more often the mainstream analysts will notice them and report them.

VIX Futures Intraday Bullish Phase Update

Just before the end of February the VIX bottomed and now has to proceed back to its bullish phase. I think the entire VIX correction is a flat, as I count 3-3-5. Change this same pattern to a Primary degree flat, and we can use it for the DJIA Cycle degree correction.

Many VIX spikes that show in bar type charts, do not show up when switching to line type charts. This throws any wave count into constant disarray. We can see how explosive the VIX can be and I’m sure many new players have joined the VIX bull market.

Eventually all the contrarian indicators will pile up against this VIX bull market, so those VIX investors find themselves in a bull trap! VIX bulls will get slashed by the bears if they think they can “invest” in the VIX.

Our last price peak was about $50, so any bullish phase should surpass this price level by a large margin.

Mini DJIA Bearish Outlook Update

The DJIA has finally peaked last month and now has started an early March decline. March seems to be a popular time for reversals, as the biggest bull market since the depression, started in early March 2009. For now I’m going to stick with the possibility, that we could produce a diagonal set of 5 waves down in Intermediate degree.  This means the possibility of a Cycle degree zigzag correction.

I will run this wave count for as long as I can, and if I’m wrong and the markets make some wild moves that refuse to fit well, then this helps to eliminate the zigzag. Elliott Wave is all about eliminating other probabilities and then if we’re lucky we may end up with a better fitting wave count. In corrections there are “always” 3 simple patterns to chose from, which must be specific to the degree  that we think we are at.  Any  potential Cycle degree correction, has a very specific wave count for three types of “simple” corrections. In a Cycle degree correction, there can be “NO” alphabet wave labels bigger than Primary degree. Trying to count out 5 waves down in Primary degree instantly tells me that the wave analyst thinks they are in a Supercycle degree or higher, wave count already.

As I post the markets were charging back up again, so if this rally starts to break many previous highs, then I may have to throw out this wave count sooner than later.   When this market refuses to constantly push higher, then this historic stock party is over.

The trick is finding that last wave that belongs to the bull market, so we can start the new bearish count.  Oh, this obviously already happened back in January, but how many times did we think it was over, yet it turned and soared once more.

Once investor fatigue sets in,  then it could open the markets for a big “bear” attack.

Mini SP500 Intraday Gyrations Review

The SP500 is far from breaking new record highs. It is only the Nasdaq that is getting close to breaking out into new world record highs.

Just incase I have beaten the Cycle degree flat drum too long, the above chart would be the beginnings of a zigzag in Cycle degree.  The markets would have to show us another 5 waves down in Minute degree which would then end up at wave 1 in Intermediate degree.

Any top trend line is worthless to use and any invisible bottom trend line is still a bit away from getting hit.  Another Shock&Awe move would help to confirm the bigger bearish phase, but I would throw this wave count out the window in a flash, if these markets do not perform like a bearish phase should.

Dow tumbles nearly 300 points on new Fed chair’s comments | New York Post

Jerome Powell is the new man in charge and the mass of investors, listen to his every word, when they want to!  They didn’t care that much when Janet Yellen was raising rates, but now they seemed to care. If rates are not an issue just yet, then this market could still soar.

If good news no longer pushes the markets up,  then we are over on the big bearish side already. Tomorrow is the full moon and employment numbers should come out on Frida as well. These reports can send the markets into a tizzy, but other times they get completely ignored.

DJIA Intraday Bullish Phase Update

The secondary bottom on the 9th of February is a bit truncated or short of breaking new lows while all other indices I cover did travel to a new low. I’m allowing the 4th wave to dip into my wave 1 in Minute degree at this time, but may have to change that at a later date.

Right now we have a small correction in progress, so it sure looks like another leg up can still happen during the rest of this month. The DJIA is about 1200 points away from hitting another world record high, which can be easily achieved once the DJIA moves “vertical” again.

On the first Friday of every month, the employment reports come out which can bring bearish news or very bullish news. Any bullish news that does not push the DJIA much higher would be a bearish indicator, as this bullish phase could run out of steam in the next week or so.

Nasdaq Intraday Bull Market Update

Since the Nasdaq bottom on February, 9th the Nasdaq turned in a very bullish performance, that has gone above and beyond any wave 2 rally. The Nasdaq is now about 100 points away from breaking a new record high, so until this proves otherwise, I have to keep an open mind that a wild spike could still push the Nasdaq higher.

I’m confident that the 2015 correction, was an Intermediate degree wave 3-4, (Expanded). Wave 5 in Intermediate degree did extend  which makes it about even with wave 3 in Intermediate degree. Only 2 out of 3 sets of 5 waves can extend, with wave 1 always been one of the shortest. If it looks like wave 1 is long and or extended then chances are extremely high that it is just an “A” wave.

From the bottom of wave 4 in early 2016 I can fit the entire bull run into a diagonal but I had to move wave 3 in Minor degree up.

All the other indices I cover have to play catch up to the Nasdaq, but we know that they have done this in the past. If something has happened once, then I look for and use these moves with all degree levels. We only have 3 trading days left before the end of the month, and on the 1st we also have a full moon! Any moon cycles can be turnings, but they are unreliable in the direction they want to turn.

The longer any  bullish phase carries on, the shorter our time period to the end of solar cycle #24 will be. This could happen in late 2020 or 2021.  Overall, we could still get a 3 year bear market, but anything shorter is not a problem. What has to happen is that the scientists that track the solar cycles tell us, that solar cycle #25 is poking through in the northern latitudes parts of the sun. Solar cycle bottoms are bear market and wave count “Terminators”, and it will happen again with the start of solar cycle #25. The solar poles are not flipped until the magnetic polarity of the sunspots also change.

DJIA Index Bullish Rally: Just Keeps On Trucking!

Each one of the 5 indices I cover, has slightly different wave patterns for this bullish run.  From the bottom, this rally can now fit into an impulse, (slightly Truncated).  One more wild spike to the upside and this market could break yet another new record high. One other little thing I haven’t mentioned, is that at the top we have a big open gap that one day will still get close off.

Any sudden move to the downside may produce another double bottom type of a move, which would be followed with a potential bullish “C” wave.  Yes, the decline looks like a set of 5 waves, but these 5 waves could be part of an expanded correction still linked to the bull market.

The Nasdaq is the one index that is closer to new record highs than all the others, and the other 4 would have to play a bit of catch-up!  We know that has happened before, so anything that has happened once in any degree level, can happen again.  One minute a SC correction can take 3 years, (1929-1932) and then 5 years later a Cycle degree correction takes 5 years. (1937-1942).  How long something can take to correct is influenced by the solar cycles. The 2008 bottom is a clear example of how our sun can dramatically change the direction of the stock markets.

Betting on bearish cycles to continue after any new solar cycle starts is doomed to fail. All the bearish wave counts of 2009 failed due to solar cycle #24 turning up!  The last thing I want to see is that we learn nothing from the late 2008 solar cycle turning, but I’m very confident that investors will be oblivious to this fact, and stock market history will repeat itself.  Any person that has an interest in the solar cycles should be watching the progression on a weekly basis. Once solar cycle #25 arrives, you will witness a profound change from a bear market to a bull market.

DJIA Index Update

This is the DJIA index, which does not move during the night sessions, but only moves during the day. Todays decline does not match the Mini DJIA, but it sure is forming waves that are  better to count out.  The commercial traders are net short the DJIA but not to anything I would consider extreme.  If commercials are net short the DJIA then this does not give us confidence in thinking that some super bull market is about to take off!

Ultimately, this February rally should get completely retraced, then we may have more analysts turn bearish.  Sure, we may not hear about the fundamentals that are causing this decline, but I’m sure the media will find the reasons and then they will all sound like parrots  regurgitating the fundamentals why this market has trashed.  Any, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50% or even a 60% correction may not complete a Cycle degree correction.  Price is sure not going to help, as we would need to see a very big corrective wave structure completing first. In my world, pattern dominates price any day of the year.

Death Cross

With this particular chart and settings, the “Death Cross” happened at the 25,500 price level, which is far too late to do much with it. I looked for other potential “Death Crosses” in other indices, but was hard pressed to find any that would show up reliably.  Any “Golden Cross” is very bullish but it too happens on the late side.

Nasdaq Intraday Bullish Phase Review

This so called rally has gone on long enough and should have topped some time ago. The 21st of each month can provide turning dates, but so does the end of the month.  This is starting to look more like an impulse type move with the market crash just being part of an expanded wave 4 pattern. Some of these spikes we see can be ignored once they are double check by switching to line type settings.

This wave count may get trashed in a blink of an eye, if it does not soar to new record high. We have a little over 118 points of  upside room left before the Nasdaq completely trashes my wave 2 wave count. All other indices I cover could catch up to where they can all be part of an expanded 4th wave in Minor degree.

I’m not going to spend too much time on this wave count, because it can change faster than we can imagine. There may not be any updates on Friday, but I will post some on the weekend when I can. Markets may be very lethargic on Thursday as well, so it could be a really slow time period in the next few days or so.

Mini SP500 Intraday Rally Update

The Mini SP500 created a peak and now has started to back off. This doesn’t mean the stock party is over as another small leg up can still happen.  This rally has turned right at a small bear market rally peak, creating a potential H&S pattern. No sooner had investors injected record amounts into stocks in January, and as soon as the markets dipped, they started pulling out record funds.

Stock-market tumble sends investors fleeing equity funds – MarketWatch

They will always find someone or something to blame for the intraday crash, and the VIX is a prime scapegoat. It’s never the fault of crazy investors who get themselves in a trap situation. They also start to cry that manipulation is bringing this market down. Just about anything that goes down, they will blame on market manipulation.  These guys that believe in market manipulation, figure that markets should never crash.  All trends eventually come to an end, but only a very small amount of contrarians know this fact instinctively.

Insiders are long gone out of this market and only the emotional investors remain. My method of operation, is to always build the wave counts down when stocks are pointing up, and then build the wave count going up once the bear market has shown itself to the rest of the world.

I think it is far more important to catch a major stock market low as only a very small percentage of traders can take advantage of a decline by betting short in the market.  Besides smart short players do not need any wave counts to tell them how to bet short. By late 2008 the markets already signalled that a reversal was coming. The VIX had already peaked at 90 and was about to implode.

As I post the markets are still pushing higher, so this peak so far may not hold. There are spikes that show up, but they have more to do with high speed computer algorithms than human clicks of the mouse. “Algorithms Gone Wild” is more like it. One thing that is always certain and that is, large amounts of protective sell stop orders are piling up below present prices. Eventually they will all get triggered sending the markets to a new record low.

SP500 Index 2000-2018 Review

For many years I counted everything using Supercycle degree (SC) and Grand Supercycle (GSC) degree wave counting methods. The 2000 and 2007 peaks were relatively easy to track even with my degree levels being from another planet. The bottoms never inspired  the confidence to make extremely bullish calls.

The entire planet works on price, but price is only a small part of what has happened. You can see there are no prices in the chart above, but the majority of wave analysts include, every conceivable price you can imagine! Still the majority of all wave analysts did not see the bull market coming in late 2008. Since 2000 we have seen three sets of wave 3 peaks with the 2007 peak being a bit subdued compared to other ones. This is ok as it still broke higher than the 2000 peak.

The reason that the SP500 has three sets of wave 3 peaks is because none of the wave 3s of the past has ever been extended. The entire wave counting world is working from a 4th wave base. I’m working from a wave two base, all the time. Thinking that all the extensions are 5th waves, will always put us into a much higher degree level, than we actually are.

From the 2009 bottom to our present top is one move, but subdivided into 5 moves in Intermediate degree. Once 5 waves in any degree level are completed a correction must happen. How big the dip may turn out to be, is entirely related to what degree level our present top is going to be. If Cycle degree wave 3 is the real target, then a Cycle degree 4th wave correction must happen, otherwise it’s back to the drawing board playing with our paint by numbers set. This is just a cosmetic wave counting method, and in reality you have to go back a minimum of 100 years and start a completely new wave count each time. I’ve done it 1000’s of times hunting each time for those missed wave three extensions.

Going back 100 years sounds too much like work, so it never gets done, which causes false degree levels to be perpetuated into the future. From my perspective and in sequential order, SC degree wave 3, GSC degree wave 3 and Submillenniun wave 3, are still far into our futures.

If we’re lucky we might hit a SC degree wave three, by 2029, and GSC degree wave 3 by the 2129 time period.

While all the analysts are busy forecasting an ever increasing rosy future, I’m busy looking at and building the alternate future.

I have two lines in the chart above, with the first one at the 1800 price level, which would retrace the entire 5th wave in Intermediate degree. The 2009 bottom fell well below the previous 4th wave of one lesser degree, which was in late 2002. Not quite 2 years for an Intermediate degree correction. It only took 3 years for a SC degree correction from 1929-1932, so a Cycle degree 4th wave correction might only last three years as well. We sure are “not” going to get some 600 year, GSC degree bear market.

At 1800, the SP500 would not even get close to any required previous 4th wave of one lesser degree, but anything below the SP500 1000 price level would. All the smart technical analysts will draw the megaphone bottom, which points to the SP500 price level around 500.   Everybody on the planet will see the same thing, which usually means that it will never happen. The markets will pull out all the stops to try and fool us a again, and it may do that by “Not” falling below those 2009 lows.

Just because the SP500 may have dipped 10% does not mean that the correction is finished. Like I said, price has little to do with it, but the pattern is everything. Only one completed set of 5 waves in Minute degree does not complete a correction. You can wish hope and pray all you want, but you can’t turn a single 5 wave sequence into a completed correction.

Sure, all the 5 indices I covered soared again late last week, but that can all be due to short covering. Many traders are trying to short DIA and SPY ETFs already, to a point where no more DIA can be borrowed.

Protective sell stops are stacked up below present prices, and once they start to get triggered, we could get the next leg down. All the SP500 has to do is fall below 2530 again, which will help to confirm that, “The Big Dip”,  is in progress.

Mini SP500 Index Review

This is just the index chart of the SP500 and only moves during trading hours. It does not move at night like the real contracts do.  Some of the wave patterns come out more defined that those wild contracts that many investors trade with.  This chart shows much better the record low with no truncation or double bottom like it shows with the mini contracts that I normally use. There is no way I can ignore this index to double check in helping to confirm any wave count.

The SP500 index soared from the 9th bottom with only one main correction so far. This is a sign of a zigzag that may have just topped out.   Stock bulls are thrilled with this run as they think the 10% bull market correction is over!  Maybe so, but this move is too vertical and a correction must happen.

The fast decline from the top does not suggest that a correction has even taken place.  I would have to see a completed correction like a full fledged flat or zigzag, in order for me to call it a correction.  Just because this index dropped 340 points does not mean a correction has taken place.   The majority of all investors work on price, they care little about the pattern that has actually developed.

I believe that a Cycle degree 4th wave bear market is coming which I call “The Big Dip”, 😉 . All those that think they are buying into the little dips have no clue that this market has a long way to crash.

Steven Jon Kaplan has sent me a very detailed description of what’s coming in the next few years, and I am the last guy on this planet that will argue with him. EWI also thinks a major top is in and they are pretty good at picking tops. Picking the bottoms by wave analysts needs to be improved dramatically. If the younger investing crowd has no desire to learn what happens at bottoms, then they are following a strategy that the majority practice.

Most investors also ignore the sun cycles, even though the sun cycles control all action on earth. The switch from sc#24 to sc#25 may happen anytime close to the 2021 time period, and when sc#25  does start up,  all our bearish thoughts, bearish wave counts, and opinions will get trashed.