Daily Archives: May 11, 2018

Are Lumber Prices About To Crash? 1979-2018 Monthly Chart Elliott Wave Count Review

In the last few weeks we could see how bullish the media were towards lumber prices. All sorts of reasons for the price rise have been used.  I have worked on this lumber chart for many years, but due to the choppy wave structure had a hell of a time in making something that fit well. I have worked in the forest industry starting in 1969, so I still remember that crash rather well. Our company behaved differently before the 79 peak, but a year after the crash it was a different ball game.

Before the crash the company never cared about inventory levels that much, as lumber prices were rising as the rough cut lumber sat in the yards. When the crash came and prices started to fall, the whole focus switched to reducing inventory levels, and maintaining strict control. Sawmill production was curtailed many times to keep our inventory levels extremely low.

I never do these difficult wave counts in the computer as I print them out in full 8×10 sized charts.  I stare at the chart for an hour or so before I lay down a single “ink” mark.  Yes, I mean “ink” because each mark makes you think extra hard before you label anything.

One thing is certain and that is that the bull market in lumber is a diagonal in Cycle degree. Most all commodities are in one huge diagonal in Submillennium degree wave 3 starting before wave one back to 1100 CE. After the GSC crash, commodities started to smooth out a bit, but diagoanls will always be around to make counting commodity wave structures a real challenge.

I have labeled it right down to Minute degree levels, which is the bare minimum that needs to be done to come close to confirming a wave count in Primary  degree. The Minor degree would be two degrees below Primary degree.

In the Mid 90’s lumber prices formed a huge quadruple top that eventually got surpassed 13 years later. At this point all things point to the high possibility of a Cycle degree wave 3 peak, and a huge bear market should follow. The wave 3-4 crash in Primary degree was a flat, as I can only count 3-3-5. To me it looks like a classic flat. There is no way of knowing what pattern we are going to get for a lumber Cycle degree bear market, but I’m voting for a zigzag at this time.

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Canadian Dollar Daily Chart Update

Despite what you may be reading about Canada its fundamental economy is becoming a train wreck. Our commodities are turning into a bottle neck as the train tracks need major work and of course the pipeline issue with our local premier who is controlled by the “greens” is willing to go to jail to block any pipeline from being built.  We are facing the Carbon Tax which just scares away any big investors as costs increase. With the world in a lopsided oil trade, I can’t see our CAD soaring like many believe it will once the oil decline becomes more obvious.

The current commercial positions are long, but not by a wide margin. Since the decline is a 5th wave the diagonals come out of hiding, making our wave counting more challenging.  I love the challenge as they are part of the wave structure and provide us with a very important location clue.

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US Dollar Daily Chart Review

I’m sure the gold bugs will not like the US dollar wave count, but it runs inversely to the Euro and wouldn’t do it’s “own thing” no matter what we think.

For gold to soar, we need the US dollar to implode, but obviously that is not happening at this point. This potential 5 wave run looks identical to the Euro 5 wave decline. I also moved my bearish degree level down by one with this run, but may have to shift back if this pattern does something completely different.

As it sits this US dollar bullish phase is not completed but a correction seems to be in progress. It’s this USD correction that has stopped gold’s decline for now.  This bullish phase could move at a very high speed, but it is developing a pretty good looking impulse which can make it easier to count out.

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Euro Daily Chart Bearish Phase Update

The Euro bullish phase came to a dead stop right in a long term bearish trend line that has been going on since the 2008 peak. That 2008 peak matched other commodity peaks along with oil. The only change I’m making is in this bearish phase is to drop down by one degree. People may think it’s funny that I’m concerned with being out by one degree.You may think differently if  only one degree can put you off by 60% or more. This the same as the  Fibonacci number of “.618” which separates each degree level. One degree difference means finding a huge bear market bottom and missing the entire bull market that will follow.  With the 15 degree levels that we deal with, being out one degree is huge.

I’m starting a Minute degree run, which should end up at a wave 1 bottom in Minor degree. For many years gold ran along with the Euro as the US dollar imploded, so it is pretty hard for me to swallow the gold bull market at this time. Oil is also at an extreme so the Euro and oil can crash together, as they sure share that same 2008 date!

A very strong commercial short positions are still on which should slowly start to reverse over the next bearish phase. The Euro is in the US dollar basket, so some of the currencies in this basket, is what we use to watch for reversals.

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British Pound Bearish Phase Review

With my last posting I did not go back far enough, but once I did a big triangle started to make a better fit. It’s always about finding a better fitting wave pattern with my wave counts, as it makes no sense to replace any wave count that is as crappy as the last one. Anybody can come up with a wave count, but maintaining that wave count is the big task. So far the GBP is still on a bearish decline which should take it to new record lows.

Any new record low, even by the slimmest of margins will help to confirm that this wave count is valid. Of course it could be very choppy on the way down, but we should get 5 waves in Minute degree which should finish this Cycle degree GBP bear market.

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Nasdaq Intraday Bullish Review

The Nasdaq has been on a wild bullish phase the seems to have no end. Since the April bottom any impulse pattern we did have fell apart rather quickly. The Nasdaq may be getting ready to correct.and it can overlap right down to the bottom trend line.  I have many different wave counts in 5 of the stock markets I cover and it will take time to sort out.  A three wave rally is just starting to complete and it’s when I would suspect a correction, or even an ending.

The Cycle degree wave 3 position I do have, may still get evicted. At this time I’m not happy with any of my short term wave counts as it will take some time to sort out.  When all support (4 spikes) going back to February breaks down then we may have a better pattern to work with.

I’m not going to spend too much time on this as there still are too many alternates I can come up with.  I never try and post 2-3 alternates in one chart as I try to work one of them at a time. It’s always a process of elimination one wave count after another, which takes time to play out or fail.

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